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This cold brew coffee is absolutely perfect for making so many delicious drinks and treats, like iced coffee, frappucinos, mixing frozen treats and adding to your baked goods. Learn how to make the perfect cold brew coffee with two easy methods! 

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When the weather warms up during spring, summer and even on into early fall, I can’t get enough of cold drinks. Iced tea, lemonade, fruit water, water, and especially iced coffee drinks.

So, with that in mind, I like to keep my cold brew coffee on hand. I’ve made it various ways and of course have found my favorites through constant testing. Ha! I’m certainly not complaining though, the result is definitely worth it!

There are a few ways that you can easily make cold brew coffee at home for making iced coffee, frappucinos, and to use in other recipes. I think you are going to love them. They couldn’t get much simpler!

French Press Cold Brew Coffee

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

4.80 from 5 votes

The Easiest Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Drink 12 hrs

Prep Time 12 hrs
Servings 4
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Cold brew coffee is perfect for making so many delicious drinks and treats, like iced coffee and coffee drinks, and more.


  • 1 1/4 cups coarse ground coffee
  • 1 3/4 cups cold water


French Press Method

  • 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.

Strainer Method

  • 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.


Makes 32 ounces. 

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 5mg | Calcium: 3mg

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Originally published May 2014.

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Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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  1. Just like Judy, I love my coffee hot even when the temperatures get warm here but this is such a fun idea! However, we haven’t had a break from summer all year long here in LA so I am thinking a cold iced coffee is in my future…

    1. Oh yes! I definitely need to make that – with the ground cardamom. Love the scent right before your first sip when you have a sprinkle of cardamom in your coffee! So good! xo

  2. 5 stars
    Got my French Press Thursday and have made a mason jar full of concentrate. Oh my I am a happy iced coffee drinker. Thanks for the great method. Now must find my cardamon……..thanks!!

    1. I’m so glad you are enjoying it, Barb! Cheers to a summer full of ice coffee!!!

  3. 5 stars
    I use my french press almost everyday and have absolutely loved it ever since I was introduced to it but have never made cold coffee with it before. Definitely can’t wait to try this…

  4. 4 stars
    I just love cold coffee and specially when I come back from office. But this one seems like cold tea at a first sight 😉

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