Make your own: cold brew coffee

You know you don’t like watered down iced coffee, but do you know how surprisingly rich and delicious cold brew coffee is? I had heard the raves, yet it wasn’t until I tried it that I really understood what everyone was so excited about. Cold brew is really good. It’s everything you love about coffee and nothing you don’t like about iced coffee. And now I say:

When life hands you ground coffee, make cold brew.

It’s simple to make at home and a great thing to have on hand during the warm summer months. Ready?

how to make cold brew coffee

Ingredients and equipment:

1 and 3/4 cups ground coffee. I’ve turned very ordinary ground coffee into extraordinary cold brew, so don’t feel like you have to use the most expensive bean out there, but ya know a little quality never hurts.

3 and 1/2 cups fresh water

a 1 quart (4 cups) mason jar with lid

a clean 1/2 quart (2 cups) jar for storing the finished brew. I use an old almond butter jar.

Coffee cone

1-2 paper coffee filters

Alternatively you could use a french press and then fine filter the coffee with a paper filter.

cold brew process

To do:

Simply mix the water and coffee grounds in a mason jar (it will be full to the brim- just warning you).

Cover and let steep for about 12 hours.

Now, this next part takes some patience. Slowly pour the cold brew through the cone and filter. Try to pour it “off the top” meaning that you keep most of the grounds in the jar. If you pour it quickly and lots of grounds get into the filter it will take forever.

Tip: I hold a metal strainer to catch some extra grounds (this will help the coffee pass through the paper filter faster). After I filter about half, I toss out the first paper filter and put in a clean one, but that’s optional.

Put the lid on the jar and refrigerate until well chilled (at least 2 hours). If you don’t want to wait you can just pour it into a small glass of ice. Why not?

To serve: Dilute with equal parts water or your preferred cream and sweetener combo.

Store in the fridge for up to a week.

Yum, I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

how to: cold brew coffee

And don’t toss those grounds! I found some amazingly creative and unexpected ways to re-purpose them here and here. Seriously excited about some of these ideas.

12 comments… add one
  • Kim

    I’ve been wondering how this magical summer elixir is made. I’ll try it! I find myself in coffee shops most of these hot SC afternoons getting iced coffee or cold brew. The cold brew is my preference but it’s a pricey habit day after day, so thanks for sharing.

    • Steph

      You’re welcome, Kim! It is so good and once you make a batch you have it ready for you right in the fridge 🙂 Enjoy!

  • I will be making this as soon as I finish typing! I sometimes freeze coffee to make cubes for iced coffee. I fancy trying cold brew though and I can strain it into my Chemex coffee maker before drinking or storing it. Thanks!
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    • Steph

      Oh that’s a great idea, Clare! I can’t wait to hear how you like cold brew. Yea!

      • I am straining it into my Chemex right now and will be trying it later today!

        • Steph

          I like how you work, Clare 🙂

  • Wow! I would never have even thought to drink cold coffee unless it was in iced coffee! thanks for this, I am going to have to give it a go when summer arrives xx
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    • Steph

      Hope you try it and like it, Sarah!

  • I love iced coffee but not all the cream and ice cream. This is perfect – thank you.
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    • Steph

      You’re welcome, Robyna! Oh yes, all the cream and sugar can get pretty dangerous 😉 I actually drink black coffee because I get more caffeine (terrible!) that way and drinking milk messes up my skin. I am so excited about cold brew because it’s cold coffee that tastes even better than hot coffee (except for when you actually need hot coffee in winter).

  • I love to cold brew coffee, I then add ice, coconut water and milk to it to make a delicious iced drink. Thanks for showing us how you make it.
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    • Steph

      Thanks for the recipe Claire, I’m going to try that!

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