Summer Is Coming: Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee

Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation of random things that we've actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we'd actually tell our friends about. And now we're telling you.

I am a representative of a minority that — hold the banana phone — vastly prefers iced coffee over hot. I know. Shut it down, the inmates are running the asylum, etc., etc., but it's true. I think that coffee on ice is generally more flavorful and — I don't know — less burn-y? Additionally, hot coffee (or, more specifically, drip hot coffee) tends to be far too acidic for me to fully enjoy. Still, it's not as easy as disliking hot and preferring cold (it should be, but I am a complicated modern woman). Cooled down hot coffee tends to have the same problems as hot hot coffee. It's still acidic only now it has the additional quality of staleness. "Get over it, you boring idiot," you're probably saying, but that's the beauty of it — this boring idiot doesn't have to get over anything thanks to cold brew coffee.

Cold brew is a brewing process in which grounds are steeped over a 12 hour period in room temperature water, which, since the beans never come into contact with hot water, makes it smooth and just the slightest bit sweet. Many coffee shops are now offering it, but it gets expensive. My local NYC spot sells it for $2.50, though I'm not sure what it would cost in less expensive cities ($1.25? A handful of marbles?). You can, however, make it at home using the Toddy Cold Brew System. Startup costs are a little lofty (the Toddy kit retails for $34.95 on Amazon), but the constant in-home supply of perfectly brewed iced coffee (you can heat it up if you want to drink it hot) makes it totally worth it. Additional perk: The 12-hour brewing process will make your kitchen smell incredible.

Toddy T2N Cold Brew System, $34.95 at Amazon.

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