How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (Recipe)

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This recipe is the easiest way to make cold brew coffee at home with your favorite ground coffee and no special equipment!

Anytime the weather is over 70 degrees, my craving for cold brew coffee comes out! Instead of breaking the bank buying cold brew every morning, I make a big pitcher of this cold brew with my favorite coffee grounds and keep it in the fridge all week! Not only is it more affordable, but it’s more delicious and customizable!

Just give me a glass of cold brew, and Banana Bread Muffins or Over Easy Eggs and the morning is complete.

What is Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew coffee is made from steeping ground coffee beans in cold water for several hours, before straining out the grounds and serving it over ice, or diluted with water or a splash of your favorite milk.

Iced coffee, on the other hand, is made by brewing hot coffee and serving it over ice.

Cold brew typically has a richer, smoother flavor, without the acidity or bitterness that iced coffee can have.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Learning how to make cold brew coffee at home is life-changing! The full recipe with step-by-step instructions is in the recipe card (this is just an outline!).

  1. Prepare & chill cold brew.

    In a pitcher or other large container, add water. Add in your favorite coffee grounds. Stir.
    Cover your container and place in the fridge for 12-24 hours.
    Add water to a pitch and stir in coffee grounds. Then chill in the fridge.

  2. Filter it.

    Place a paper coffee filter inside a pour-over coffee maker, a sieve, or a funnel. Pour unfiltered cold brew through the paper filter into another pitcher or large container.
    Filter out coffee grounds to make delicious cold brew!

  3. Serve it.

    Serve as-is, with ice, or diluted with a splash of water or milk.
    Serve cold brew just how you like it.

Cold Brew Coffee Recipe Tips

  • The only equipment needed to make this cold brew coffee is a few paper coffee filters, a pour-over coffee maker, sieve OR funnel, and 2 pitchers or other large containers.
  • If you like your cold brew coffee less intense, add a splash of water before serving.
  • Want to flavor or sweeten cold brew? Add your milk of choice, Whipped Cream, a dash of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, cocoa powder, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, butterscotch, or flavored syrup!
  • Spiked? Yes, cocktail cold brew! Turn your cold brew into a cocktail with vanilla vodka, coffee liquor, orange liquor or bourbon.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is cold brew less acidic than hot coffee?

Yes, cold brew coffee is less acidic than hot coffee because the grounds are never exposed to heat which releases these acids. Therefore, cold brew may be a friendlier option for anyone whose stomach is sensitive to coffee!

Can you use decaf coffee for cold brew coffee?

Yes, you can absolutely use decaffeinated coffee grounds!

Can you grind your own coffee?

Of course! Feel free to grind your own coffee.

Can you use flavored coffee for cold brew?

Yes! If your favorite coffee grounds are flavored, use them!

Can you double the recipe?

If you have two containers that can hold a double batch, you can absolutely double the recipe.

How long will cold brew coffee last?

Cold brew is best enjoyed within 10 days. Store, covered, in the fridge.

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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (Recipe)

This recipe is the easiest way to make cold brew coffee at home with your favorite ground coffee and no special equipment!
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 18 hours
Total Time: 18 hours 25 minutes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: summer
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 5kcal
Author: Tastefully Grace

Equipment

  • A few paper coffee filters
  • A pour-over coffee maker, sieve, OR funnel
  • 2 Pitchers or other large containers (that can hold just over 8 cups)

Ingredients

  • 8 cups room temperature or cold water
  • 1 ⅔ cups ground coffee whatever kind is your favorite

Instructions

  • In a pitcher or other large container, add water. Add in your favorite coffee grounds. Stir.
  • Cover your container and place in the fridge for 12-24 hours, depending on how concentrated you like your cold brew.
  • Place a paper coffee filter inside a pour-over coffee maker, a sieve, or a funnel. Pour unfiltered cold brew through the paper filter into another pitcher or large container. You may need to replace the paper filter a few times.
  • Keep cold brew, covered, in the fridge for up to 10 days. Serve as-is, with ice, or diluted with a splash of water or milk.

Video

Notes

  • View other serving ideas and flavor variations in the post above!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 5kcal | Sodium: 16mg | Calcium: 9mg
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6 Comments

  1. Kimberly McDonald
    January 27, 2024 / 3:51 pm

    Can you use cold foam in this as well?

    • January 28, 2024 / 11:40 am

      Hi Kimberly,

      While I haven’t tried, I think cold foam would work well!

      Grace

  2. BRIAN K
    November 9, 2023 / 8:16 pm

    What cofee grind are we using with this?

    • November 10, 2023 / 9:29 am

      Hi Brian,

      You can use whatever grinds you have! Just a standard drip coffee machine grind is what I use.

      I hope this helps.
      Grace

  3. Judy S
    September 11, 2023 / 4:15 pm

    Love this recipe!

5 from 16 votes (16 ratings without comment)

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