More Caffeine Please!

Caffeine caffeine caffeine, the most used drug worldwide. Do you know what brew produces the HIGHEST amount of caffeine? The answer may actually shock you. 

Most people would think, duh it's espresso (it's not)! Espresso is a dark roast with robust flavor and is the typical choice when you want to power through your day. Sorry, let's try again!

You would think drip brewing (your at-home coffeemaker)  would produce a decent amount of caffeine, it does alright but not enough! Pour over coffee, is similar to the drip method but the water moves a little slower through the grounds. A little better with caffeine production, but still not enough. 

Ah the beloved French Press! The water and coffee grounds are in contact with each other for even longer than pour-over. But still not quite long enough. 

If you want the HIGHEST amount of caffeine, you got to try the Cold Brew method. Cold brewing coffee gives you an extremely strong coffee concentrate, which should be diluted 3 to 1 water to concentrate. Leaving coffee grounds in contact with cool water for an extended amount of time extracts the flavors in the coffee along with the caffeine while leaving behind the bitterness. You can make Cold Brew at home or you can buy it already made at your local grocer. 

How to Make Cold Brew @ Home:

Simply place your coffee grounds in a glass or plastic container to hold the amount of coffee you're making and cover them with water. The ratio of coffee to cool water for home brewing is typically half a pound of coffee to half a gallon of water. Cover your container and put it in a cool spot on your counter or in the refrigerator. Let it sit for 12 to 24 hours and let it do its magic. After your desired amount of time, filter out the grounds. Keep your coffee concentrate undiluted to give it the longest shelf-life.

When serving your cold-brewed coffee, dilute 3 parts hot water to 1 part concentrate for a hot cup of coffee. For an iced coffee, dilute 3 parts cold water to 1 part concentrate over ice. For either version, you can serve it plain or add milk or a milk substitute and your preferred sweetener.