Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee

April 16, 2017

Some people drink hot coffee year-round, but if you’re like me, you switch to iced coffee in the summer and keep the hot stuff for when it's cold outside. Cold brew has been the rage for a while now - it is known for having a lighter, smoother finish and cleaner taste compared to chilled traditionally brewed coffee. Cold brew is easy to make at home - simply steep your coffee grounds in water on your counter overnight, then filter out the grounds and put your cold brew concentrate in the fridge to enjoy.shutterstock_538853359.jpg

Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

2 cups coarse ground coffee

1/2 gallon (64 oz) water

Mix the water and coffee together in a large container, one that ideally has a pour spout. Let it sit on your counter for 12-24 hours. Filter out the grounds, and put the coffee concentrate in the fridge.

To consume, dilute coffee concentrate with water - roughly half coffee, half water. Or you could throw in large quantities of ice and more than your usual serving of cream. 

Equipment Recommendations

  • I use an OXO Good Grips mixing bowl, that has a nice handle and pour spout.
  • I use about half a regular bag of Dunkin' Donuts original blend, ground coffee. I'm from New England and, you know, we run on Dunkin'. If you want to grind your own, make sure you use a coarse grind setting.
  • I store my coffee concentrate in a half gallon canning jar.
  • I use No. 4 coffee filters and a porcelain filter holder. I pour the coffee straight from the steeping container, through the filter, into the canning jar. I replace the filter frequently so nothing gets clogged up.
  • One batch of coffee concentrate usually lasts about two weeks in my house, if my husband and I are both drinking a cup or two a day.

shutterstock_35077915.jpgSome of my friends steep their cold brew in a French press, which does most of the filtering for you. However, the French Press method produces smaller quantities of concentrate, and since my friends filter it again after pressing, I'm not sure they're saving much time. I prefer to make a large batch once every couple of weeks versus a small batch frequently.

If you want to skip all these steps, there are, of course, plenty of places to just purchase cold brew concentrate. But with a recipe this easy, why not try it at home?

Erin Fife