This 2-Step Cold Brew Kit Saves Me $35 a Week on Coffee

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Thanks to this handy cold brew coffee kit, I can make my own java at home in a flash.
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Like 70 percent of Americans, I love my coffee. But I go through phases: I either drink it every day for a week straight or go without a cup for a stretch of time. When I do drink coffee, I tend to treat it as, well, a treat. Plus, a $6 cold brew is only a third of the price of a cocktail in NYC (solid justification, I know).

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But spending so much every day when I'm in my java phase isn't very sustainable — and inflation isn't helping. So when I discovered Grounds & Hounds Sunny Spot Cold Brew Pouches, I knew I had to try them.

They're basically these big pouches of coffee that you drop into a pitcher with water, let them do their thing overnight and then, voila, you have delicious cold brew for days!

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I've never made cold brew at home before trying this kit, mostly because I had no idea how to. This kit takes the guesswork out of making cold coffee at home — no cheesecloth and straining required — and it really rivals my local coffee shop's overpriced offerings. It's super smooth (read: not acidic or bitter at all) and bold. I usually have a cup around 11 a.m. and it keeps me energized without feeling too jittery.

And we didn't even get to the best parts yet: The coffee is Fairtrade, and Grounds & Hounds donates 20 percent of its profits to dog rescue organizations to give shelter pups a second chance at life.

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With this cold brew kit, I can make 14 cups of coffee for $13, which saves me around $35 a week, or about $5 a cup. Consider me sold.

How to Make It

Each box comes with two bags, each with two ready-to-brew pouches. In total, you get four pouches in a box, which is enough to make two pitchers of cold brew coffee.

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The instructions note to drop two pouches (or one bag's worth) into a pitcher filled with 4 cups of water. But because I didn't have a large-enough pitcher, I decided to use a 12-ounce Mason jar and halve the recipe.

Here's how to make a full pitcher of cold brew (about 7 cups of coffee) — this process requires just two active steps:

Things You'll Need

  • Cold brew pouches

  • Pitcher or large Mason jar

  • Water

INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Put two coffee filter packs (one bag's worth) and 4 cups of cold water into a pitcher.
  2. Steep it in the fridge overnight, or for 8 to 12 hours. The stronger you like your brew, the longer you should steep it.
  3. When it's finished steeping, throw out the coffee pouches and add 2 to 3 cups of water to dilute to taste.

You can store the cold brew in the fridge for up to a week.

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Tip

You can half the recipe and make 3 to 4 cups of coffee by adding just one coffee filter pack into a pitcher with 2 cups of water, and then diluting with 1 to 2 cups of water after it's steeped. I diluted my cold brew with only 1 cup of water because I like it on the stronger side.

The morning my cold brew was ready, I filled a glass with ice, poured in the coffee and topped it off with a splash of oat milk. Sometimes I switch it up and use half-and-half instead and sprinkle a bit of vanilla powder on top.

I think it's safe to say my barista misses me already.

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