Brewing Methods Part 4: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Brewing Methods Part 4: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

No matter the temperature outside, coffee lovers who prefer their java cold year-round need not fear. Making cold brew coffee at home is a simple process and a lot lighter on your wallet than the café version.

New to the cold brew game? Here’s the rundown. Despite similarities with iced coffee, cold brew coffee is made completely differently. Iced coffee is simply regular, hot coffee poured over ice. As its name suggests, cold brew coffee is brewed with cold water instead, which results in less watery, chilled coffee and a lower level of acidity. It’s a lot smoother, sweeter, less bitter and easier on your stomach than traditional coffee. Follow the steps below to try it yourself.


French press or large bowl

1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans

4 cups cold, filtered water

Grind coffee beans very coarsely. Pour ground coffee into a French press (a large Mason jar, bowl or container will also work). Add water, stirring slowly. Cover and let steep at least 12 hours, either inside or outside the fridge. If using a French press, push down on the lid to strain and pour into glasses or a container for storage. If using another container, line a strainer with cheesecloth (or several coffee filters) and strain into a separate container, then pour.


About 12 servings

Cold brew concentrate can stay for about two weeks in a sealed container in the fridge, so you can make a batch to sip on all week long. Most people add water, milk or sweetener to their brew, but it’s up to your personal preference. Try experimenting with different flavors, like Blueberry, Almond or Cookies ‘n Cream, to find the right fit for your taste.


Looking for more home brewing methods? Check out our essential guides on Chemex Coffee, AeroPress vs. French Press and How to Use a Percolator.