Sous Vide cold brew coffee base is perfect for when you want iced coffee without the wait. Another advantage of this method is you can make multiple jars of the cold brew base at one time without taking up precious refrigerator space. Refrigerator space is always at a premium in my house.
Once you have fallen in love with sous vide cold brew you will want to try homemade limoncello using the sous vide method as well as sous vide eggnog. The eggnog recipe will give you the confidence to serve eggnog to your guests without fearing to serve them scrambled eggs in their nog. Be sure to check out my complete collection of sous vide recipes.
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How is it possible to cold brew coffee with sous vide?
I know what you are thinking, sous vide uses hot water and when you cold brew coffee you are supposed to use cold water, right. Sort of. I am going to call this a compromise technique. The water does not get as high as a drip coffee brew but is not as cold as refrigeration.
The heat is consistent and low enough to pull the flavor from the coffee grounds without making the coffee bitter. PLUS coffee is cold brewed in two hours and not overnight! Perfect for when you forgot to make it the night before!
How to make sous vide cold brew coffee base.
- Measure out the coffee grounds and water into a closed container.
- Set the sous vide water temperature.
- Cook for your desired time
- Strain and enjoy!
Your sous vide cold brew coffee is now ready to serve over ice or with your favorite cream and flavors.
You are definitely able to use a food-safe zip-top bag to make your cold brew coffee instead of a mason jar. You will have the same results. I just like to suggest using the water displacement method to remove the air from the bag before completely closing it.
I like to do a course grind with I make my cold brew coffee. The flavor is able to be extracted beautifully and there is not a grittiness to the coffee that you sometimes get with you use a fine grind.
Sous Vide Cold Brew Coffee
- 1/2 cup ground coffee
- 32 oz. water
- Set up your Sous Vide to 150 F and be sure the water covers the top of the jar.
- In a 32 ounce (1 quart) mason jar, fill the jar with 32 ounces of fresh water and top with the coffee grounds.
- Place a lid and a ring on the jar and give it a good shake. Make sure the lid is finger tight.
- Brew for 2 hours.
- Strain out the grounds and use them in your compost bin or around your flower beds.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
First published 2018.
Sarah Mock is a classically trained Chef and graduate of Johnson & Wales University. A culinary blogger for 12 years Sarah helps the home cook prepare her recipes with professional results.