I look back at a lot of the rituals I had in college and think that even at 19, I had a few things figured out. Nearly every day I managed to make it to my favorite coffee shop to sit in front of the big picture windows and read.
(I especially remember one triumphant afternoon when this slow reader plowed through most of A House for Mr. Biswas in time for the next day’s class. But my academic triumph was hosed by a couple in their late-20s sitting at the table next to me, in love and looking happy, who pinched my heart with an empty ache. Oh, the misery of a lovesick teenager.)
Once the Minnesota winter thawed, it was here that I learned about cold-brewed coffee. Deeply chocolately, without a whiff of bitterness, it was a revelation, and a recipe that speaks to the heart of any lazy girl. Combine coffee grounds with water. Go to sleep. In the morning, strain, and drink bliss.
This is a great way to make coffee when you’re camping or in a vacation house, and somehow magically––I can’t explain it––this method can transform even the cheapest tin-can coffee into something magnificent.
1/3 cup ground coffee
In a French press (a jar or pitcher works, too,) stir together coffee and 1 1/2 cups water. Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight or 12 hours.
In the morning, plunge French press, or if using a jar, strain coffee through a coffee filter. Pour over ice, and doctor to your liking.