Cold brew is really popular these days, and boy it sure can be expensive when you buy it by the cup from your local barista. Here at the Everyday Food test kitchen, we decided to make our own, and in the process found out why it might cost more at your favorite coffee haunt. Click through for our step-by-step instructions.
In a large plastic container, mix together 4 quarts cool tap water with 4 cups ground coffee (If that seems like a lot, you can cut this recipe in half. I'm making coffee for 5 caffeine-addicted food editors).
Strain your super-potent brew through a cheesecloth-lined sieve. To my surprise, It only yielded 3 1/4 quarts!! Granted, the brew is really concentrated so you use more milk to dilute it. Hence the reason for the price hike?