Cold brew coffee is perfect for making so many delicious drinks and treats, like iced coffee, frappucinos, and even adding to your baked goods. Learn how to make the perfect cold brew coffee!
During the warmer months of spring, summer and early fall, I can’t get enough of cold coffee drinks.
So, with that in mind, I like to keep cold brew coffee on hand. I’ve made it various ways and of course have found my favorites through constant testing. Ha!
There are a few ways that you can make cold brew coffee at home for making iced coffee, frappucinos, and to use in other recipes.
French Press Cold Brew Coffee
You’ll add coarse ground coffee, in the amount to your personal preference, to the bottom of your French press. My recipe is based on a 32-ounce French press. Then, fill to the appropriate level with cold water. Place the top of your French press back on top, but do not press your coffee. Allow to sit at room temperature (steep) for 12 hours or more, depending on how strong you like your coffee concentrate.
Once your coffee grounds and water have cold brewed, then gently press the plunger of your French press down to press the coffee grounds to the bottom of the beaker. Then, pour off the coffee concentrate into individual cups or into a pitcher to place in your refrigerator until used.
Strainer Cold Brew Coffee Method
Add coarse ground coffee to the bottom of your container. Note that the size of the container you use will give you that amount of cold brewed coffee, or fairly close to it. You can use a Mason jar or a gallon pitcher if you choose, depending on how much coffee concentrate you need. Fill the container the rest of the way with cold water and allow to steep for 12 or more hours, depending on how strong you enjoy your coffee.
Once the coffee has steeped, use another container of equal size, a fine mesh strainer with two coffee filters placed inside the strainer. Slowly pour the coffee through the coffee filters in the strainer into the second container. Discard the filters. Refrigerate your coffee concentrate.
My recipe is for a one liter container. For making coffee concentrate in an even larger container, you’ll want to see my friend Ree’s amounts for her iced coffee.
This coffee concentrate will be strong, so you may choose to dilute it with a bit of water or your favorite creamer. Or, you could be like me and just pour it right over ice and gulp it down!
If you have a French press, I personally prefer to use that method as I think it by far the easiest way to make cold brew coffee. Otherwise, the strainer method works just fine, you just have to take care not to get grounds in your container!
Here’s how I make my perfect cold brew coffee recipe. I think you’ll love it!
- 1¼ cups coarse ground coffee
- 1¾ cups cold water
- Add coffee grounds to the bottom of French press beaker. Fill with cold water. Place top of French press on without depressing the plunger. Allow to steep for 12 hours or more depending on how strong you prefer your coffee concentrate.
- After coffee has steeped, depress plunger and pour off cold brew coffee as coffee concentrate.
- To serve, serve cold or dilute with ice, cream, or a little bit of additional water to taste. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Add coffee grounds to the bottom of container and allow to steep for 12 hours or more depending on how strong you prefer your coffee concentrate.
- After coffee has steeped, using another pitcher of equal size, a fine mesh strainer, and two large coffee filters, pour steeped coffee through coffee filters in the strainer and into the clean pitcher. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Originally published May 2014.