How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

This cold brew coffee recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes of hands on time: then just wait overnight! Here’s how to make cold brew coffee.

How to make cold brew coffee recipe

Cold brew: it’s smooth, it’s refreshing: and it’s easy to make at home! Alex and I make Chemex coffee every morning to make the best cup of coffee ever. But cold brew is something different altogether. The great thing about a cold brew coffee recipe is that it requires virtually no special equipment and takes very little hands on time. The only hard part is waiting the 24 hours for the coffee to brew in your refrigerator! It also makes a big batch of coffee, so you can keep it in your fridge for days. There are so many benefits to making cold brew, why not give it a try? here’s how to make cold brew coffee.

Video: How to make cold brew

Making this cold brew coffee recipe is so easy! But before you start, watch this video of me showing you to how to make cold brew coffee in our kitchen.

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Why make cold brew?

So, Alex and I make hot coffee in our Chemex every day. But why make cold brew? Now, of course the top reason for drinking cold brew is the smooth, refreshing flavor: especially in the summer! But another great reason we’ve found for making the cold brew coffee recipe is it makes a big pitcher that you can drink off of for days! So after we’ve had our hot coffee in the morning, it’s amazing to have a pitcher in the fridge for a quick afternoon coffee: which takes no time at all to make! Soooo….call us cold brew converts.

Cold brew ratio

What you need

Before you learn how to make cold brew coffee, you’ll need a few pieces of gear. But they are things that you’ll most likely already have in your kitchen! In contrast to making Chemex coffee, making this cold brew coffee recipe requires no special equipment. Here’s what you need, and links to what we use ourselves and show in the video.

  • Dark roast coffee: While we make Chemex coffee with light roast or medium roast coffee, we’ve found cold brew tastes the best with dark roast coffee.
  • Bodum electric burr grinder: You’ll need your coffee ground to a medium coarse grind. You’ll probably want an electric grinder since you’ll need quite a bit of grounds for this one! Or you can use a handheld coffee mill does the trick — it just takes much longer!
  • Filtered water: Filtered water has the best flavor; we use this water filter pitcher.
  • Large pitcher
  • Strainer
  • Clean towel (keep in mind it will get stained from the coffee — see the video!)
How to make cold brew coffee recipe

How to make cold brew coffee

Making this cold brew coffee recipe is a very easy and forgiving method. All you’ll need to do is make sure to make it 24 hours before you’d like to drink it! Now, what is the cold brew ratio? There are two ratios in cold brew: there’s a 1:4 ratio of grounds to water. That means we’ll use 1 1/2 cups coffee grounds and 6 cups of water. When you go to drink the finished brew, there’s a ratio of 1:1: 1 part concentrate to 1 part water. Here are the major steps in our cold brew coffee recipe:

  1. Grind 1 1/2 cups of ground coffee. Grind the coffee to a medium coarse grind and measure out 1 1/2 cups of grounds.
  2. Add 6 cups filtered water and mix. Add filtered water to the coffee grounds, and give it a little stir.
  3. Refrigerate and wait 24 hours! Here’s where the brewing magic happens: and you don’t need to do anything! Just wait while the coffee brews.
  4. Filter the coffee. Pour the coffee into a strainer with a towel placed inside. Then, your cold brew is ready to drink! It makes 9 servings: water it down with equal parts cold water and coffee concentrate.
How to make cold brew coffee recipe

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How to make cold brew coffee recipe

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cups (9 servings) 1x

Description

This cold brew coffee recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes of hands on time: then just wait overnight! Here’s how to make cold brew coffee.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups ground coffee, medium coarse ground
  • 6 cups room temperature filtered water

Instructions

  1. Grind 1 1/2 cups of dark roast coffee.
  2. Place the water in a large jar. Add the coffee grounds to the water. 
  3. Twist on the top. Mix by shaking the jar a few times.
  4. Refrigerate the cold brew coffee for 24 hours. 
  5. Place a strainer over a clean jar, and line it with a clean towel or cheesecloth. Strain the coffee into the clean jar. Discard all coffee grounds. Place the cold brew coffee back into the pitcher and refrigerate. 
  6. To serve, dilute 1/2 cup cold brew with 1/2 cup water. If you’re serving with ice, use 1/2 cup cold brew with 1/4 cup water and ice. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Cold Brew
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: How to make cold brew coffee

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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