Save money and time by making cold brew coffee at home

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Save money and time by making cold brew coffee at home. ABC News' Abbie Boudreau reports during Action News at 4:30 p.m. on June 12, 2017. (WPVI)

With temperatures soaring into the 90's and summer fast approaching, you might be thinking of trading that cup of hot coffee for a cup of cold brew.

It's a move that used to require a trip to your local cafe, but you can save money and time by making the summer's hottest cool drink at home.

Cold brew coffee is the new "it" drink for coffee-lovers, but it's not to be confused with iced coffee.

"You'll taste a difference when tasting hot coffee over ice vs cold brew," said Eddy Cola from Groundwork Coffee in Venice, California.

It's a process of steeping coffee grounds in cold water for hours. The end result is smoother, sweeter and less acidic coffee and its popularity has been skyrocketing.

Cola is a master of cold brew, including the nitro cold brew, which is served on tap and infused with nitrogen.

"The more patience that you have, the better it's going to taste," said Cola.

But can you really taste a difference between iced coffee and cold brew?

These specialty drinks are popular and pricey, ranging from $3.19 at Dunkin' Donuts and $3.35 at Coffee Bean to $3.45 at Starbucks.

So why not just make it yourself at home and save some money? It's actually really easy to make at home!

You start with 3/4 cup of whole coffee beans.

Grind them up and pour them into a bowl, adding one liter of filtered water.

Then, cover the bowl with a towel and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.

Finally, filter out the coffee grounds with a strainer and filter a second time with a damp paper towel.

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