If you never made cold brew coffee before, its a lot easier than you think and you can use your favorite coffee roast.
You can simply make some over the weekend and pour it from your fridge in the morning so you have one less thing to worry about every morning. This will save you time and money and its actually even better for you.
When making CBD infused cold brew coffee, its better to infused it yourself with water-soluble CBD after you brew the coffee rather than buying a coffee roast that is already infused for a few reasons we will discuss through this recipe.
Fun Facts about Cold Brew
Stronger than hot coffee - There are a lot of factors that contribute to caffeine contents including the type of beans used, steeping time, and dilution. TIP: Don’t drink cold brew concentrate straight, its highly caffeinated.
Less acidic - If regular coffee or espresso upsets your stomach, cold brew might be the solution for you. Most cold brew is about 67% less acidic coffee which will make it easier to drink for those with more sensitive digestive tracts.
Tastes Smoother and sweeter - Since it's less acidic, it naturally will taste sweeter than hot brewed coffee. It will still have a nice full body taste but there will just be less bitterness.
Drink it hot - Yup, you can heat it up and enjoy it hot on those cold days and the flavor will stay about the same!
Any coffee bean will work - You can use any kind of coffee bean or blend you have to make cold brew at home.
Cold Brew Coffee Ratio (1:1)
This ratio is flexible but you will need 1 ounce (28 grams) of coffee per 1 cup of water to make your cold brew concentrate. If you have a kitchen scale, we recommend using that to measure the coffee weight.
You will end up with a little less concentrate than initial water used since some will be absorbed by the coffee grounds. Don’t worry, you’ll be diluting this later to double your final yield.
This is also flexible and will change depending on who you ask. Since we are extracting the color, taste, and caffeine with cold water, steeping is a longer process.
As a general rule of thumb, the longer you steep it, the more caffeine you will be extracting.
Some recommend leaving it “overnight/12-hours” while other recommend “at least 18 or up to 24 hours” which is why we say do whatever works best for you. For reference, Starbucks steeps their cold brew for 20 hours.
CBD Infusion Tips
“Its euphoric – the caffeine from the cold brew has me wide awake while the CBD gives me a sense of mental calmness, clarity, and focus. It’s the perfect functional-chill.” – Ethan B. on adding CBD to his coffee.
It is better to use regular coffee and infuse it with CBD after the fact for a few reasons that are important to note:
- Those bags are labeled based on what is the bag, not what you will be drinking in your cup
- Control your dose (maybe you want a little more or a little less CBD in your coffee on a certain day)
- Enjoy any coffee, don’t limit yourself
- Quality you never know
- 3 ounces (85 grams) coarsely-ground coffee (3/4 cup whole beans)
- 3 cups filtered water
- 10-15mg water soluble CBD per cup
- Combine the coffee and water into a container with a lid like a large mason jar. Stir to combine for maximum exposure.
- Put a lid on the container and refrigerate/steep it for 12-24 hours.
- Place a thin paper coffee filter (or thin cotton napkin/hankerchief) over a fine mesh strainer. Pour the concentrate through this filter into another cup or pitcher for storage.
- SERVING – put glass in a cup and fill it half way with your favorite drinking water. Fill the rest with your fresh homemade cold brew coffee. Add as much CBD for the day that you feel you need. Feel free to experiment with this ratio until you discover your ideal strength.
This can be stored in your fridge for up to 2 weeks although you’ll enjoy the best, fullest flavor within the first week.