All ’round the foodie sites they’ve been raving about cold-brewed coffee concentrate. It’s supposed to have better flavor – not as acidic, more ‘chocolate notes’, and other things that my terrible palate can’t identify. It does, however, have gadgety-ness attached to it, and I’m all for that!
You can buy a special giant filter for it, but that’s foolish, in my opinion. No, it turns out that I can use my thrift-store Bodum french press. ($3.00, thank you very much.) You put about a cup of coffee grounds in, pour on some water, stir it so everything gets wet, then leave it for 12 hours or so. Smash down the grounds, pour the strong liquid into a jug/bottle and keep it in the fridge. I have no idea what the right proportions are for this, since I really don’t make good coffee under normal circumstances, but I fill a mug 1/3 of the way with the concentrate and the rest with hot water and it’s good enough for me.
It’s also supposed to have less caffeine than regular-brewed coffee, but then again it’s also supposed to cure warts. Believe what you will.