If you love cold brew coffee like I love cold brew coffee...then you HAVE to check this out. Forget about shelling out four or five bucks for a cup from the coffee shop. You can make your own and it's easy.

Simply Recipes says it's as easy as grinding up the beans, combining them with water, and then letting it steep overnight. Strain it the next morning, and faster than you can say Juan Valdez...you've got cold brew coffee.

Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your cold brew making experience:

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The beans need to be coarsely ground. They should look like coarse cornmeal, or even a little rougher.

Use filtered water. This will make sure the coffee has a cleaner, sweeter flavor.

Steep for at least 12 hours. Twelve hours gives the beans time to infuse all of the water. Anything less results in a weaker cup of coffee. On the other hand be careful of over-steeping. That will make the coffee too bitter...which is exactly what you're trying to avoid when you cold brew. If you go over by an hour or so you should be ok. Anything over that, you won't get that perfect clean, sweet taste you're looking for.

Good luck fellow coffee lovers. If you decide to try a do-it-yourself cold brew, please let me know how it turns out.