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Your Guide to Making Delicious Cold Brew Coffee at Home

5 min

Cold Brew Coffee

Ingredients

Directions

1

Use coarsely ground coffee beans. I use a med/dark roast. You can grind your own coffee beans to a coarse consistency using a coffee grinder or use one at the grocery store.

Note: If you want to make more or less cold brew just use the ratio of 1/4 cup coffee grounds for each 1 cup of water.

2

Mix filtered water with coffee in a large Mason jar or a glass container. Place the lid on the jar and let steep overnight on the counter or for at least 12 hours.

Tip: Use filtered water because it sets coffee up for success by having all lingering flavors filtered out.

3

Strain mixture using a cheesecloth or coffee filter.

Note: This could take a while. (It's worth the wait.)

4

You can then pour some coffee in a glass with ice and a little water (if desired). The amount will depend on how strong you like your coffee. You can also use any type of creamer or milk. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a few days.

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Make your mornings brew-tiful this summer!

If you love iced coffee, then you’ve gotta try making this cold brew coffee. It’s a popular and deliciously refreshing drink served up at most coffee shops, but here’s how you can make it at home for so much less!

cold brew coffee making guide – iced in a mug

Why Cold Brew?

Say goodbye to watered down iced coffee and hello to a deliciously smooth and non-bitter refreshment!

When coffee is brewed at high temperature, the result tends to have high acidity. When cooled down, that bitter taste tends to be more noticeable. Cold brew uses cold water to brew over an extended period of time. This is why more people are enjoying cold brew for their summer caffeine fix!

Making your own cold brew coffee is simple with this guide!

I personally love cold brew in the summer, and I’m excited to report that this simple DIY at home version using a Mason jar, coffee beans, and cold water works GREAT. In fact, no fancy equipment is needed!

cold brew coffee making guide – water and ground coffee beans

Hip Tip: Any leftover coffee can be frozen into ice-cubes so you have a non-diluted chilled brew!


Cold Brew Coffee

Here's how to easily make a smooth cup of cold brew at home!

Ingredients

Directions

1

Use coarsely ground coffee beans. I use a med/dark roast. You can grind your own coffee beans to a coarse consistency using a coffee grinder or use one at the grocery store.

Note: If you want to make more or less cold brew just use the ratio of 1/4 cup coffee grounds for each 1 cup of water.

2

Mix filtered water with coffee in a large Mason jar or a glass container. Place the lid on the jar and let steep overnight on the counter or for at least 12 hours.

Tip: Use filtered water because it sets coffee up for success by having all lingering flavors filtered out.

3

Strain mixture using a cheesecloth or coffee filter.

Note: This could take a while. (It's worth the wait.)

4

You can then pour some coffee in a glass with ice and a little water (if desired). The amount will depend on how strong you like your coffee. You can also use any type of creamer or milk. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a few days.


cold brew coffee making guide – ready to serve

This coffee is so smooth!

In fact, I normally need some kind of sweetened creamer for my coffee. I can drink cold brew with just a little milk or cream and no sweetener, because it’s not bitter at all! This was pretty easy to make, and I love that you can make a batch of brew and keep it in the fridge for a few days!


Curious about other popular cold brew methods?

My coffee brewing expert sidekick Emily shares the following helpful tips to make cold brew.

cold brew coffee making guide – French press

French Press Cold Brew

To brewIt’s pretty much the same process as using a French Press for hot coffee, except the water temperature and brewing time.

  • Add 1 tbsp of coarsely ground coffee for every 6 oz. of cold, filtered water.
  • Stir them together gently. Place the top on, BUT don’t press it down.
  • Let it steep for about 12-14 hours.
  • Once the time has passed, simply press down the top and pour over ice. 

cold brew coffee making guide – cold brew bottle

Cold Brew Bottle Method

To brew: It’s pretty much the same exact process as the French Press with a slight modification.

  • Instead of stirring grounds, turn the bottle upside down and then upright a few times to move the grounds around inside the filter.
  • You can pour the cold brew right out of the bottle and the grounds will stay secure in the filter.

cold brew coffee making guide – hyperchiller

Iced Coffee Hyperchiller Method

The reason I really like this product (and why others may as well) is that it doesn’t really require you to change your coffee lifestyle!

To freeze the chillerFill the chambers with water and freeze for at least 6 hours (instructions are included in the packaging).

To brew: Simply brew your coffee as you normally would and pour the hot coffee into the Hyperchiller as soon as it’s finished brewing (so less acidity develops). You could even do a pour over coffee directly into the filter using a Melitta cone! After the coffee has been in for 30-60 seconds, pour back out over ice and enjoy!

It is a pretty small chamber (only 12 oz.) but I’ve refilled it two more times afterward to get 36 ounces of chilled coffee. Any more than that though probably won’t be as cold.


Don’t feel like brewing your own cold brew coffee?

cold brew coffee making guide – high brew coffee in a can

Try High Brew Cold Brew Coffee!

With about six different flavors available, High Brew 8 oz. cans have been described as “Coffee Heaven” on Amazon. They have a low acidity and smooth taste and retail for around $2 each.


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! Check out all of Lina’s DIY/CRAFTS and RECIPES created just for Hip2Save.

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Comments 37

  1. MaaMaaBear

    I make a few batches of this for when we go camping!! Works out perfect to just dilute a little and heat in the morning!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s a great tip for camping!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Lauren

      I have that one too, so great!

  2. SusieV

    Trader Joe’s cold brew concentrate is wonderful. It’s $7.99 for a quart. I add TJ’s chocolate syrup and almond milk over ice. For a treat I put in Vitamix and top with a bit of whipped topping.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yum! I’d love to try that. Thanks for sharing!

    • MaaMaaBear

      Sounds yummy!

  3. 50ShadesofLipstick

    FYI you can also heat your cold-brewed coffee up in the microwave if you want to drink it hot- it tastes much smoother, not bitter, and is lower in acidity than regular hot-brewed coffee!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a great tip! I bet that’s wonderful <3

  4. Rebecca

    We’ve started making cold brew the last few weeks, and we are loving it!! I am an iced coffee all year round girl, but my husband normally drank it hot….but the heat is getting to him this year so he’s switched teams for now lol. I got one of the cold brew pitchers from Amazon for about $18. For me it’s just easier because I don’t have to worry about straining, no grounds getting in coffee, can leave grounds in to let it get stronger while still pouring a glass to drink now. And it makes about 5 cups at a time. Any way you make it though, still so easy and ridiculous what coffee shops are charging for it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I agree! It’s so good too ❤️ thanks for sharing 👍

    • Christina Viera

      Hi Rebecca, which one from Amazon do you use? TIA

    • Shelly

      Rebecca can you share the link to the brewer you like?

  5. gmrominger

    Love this! Thank you!

  6. ATM

    this post is great! i love cold brewed coffee. If I do it with my french press I leave it on the counter overnight or in the fridge, it doesn’t say, thank you!

  7. Ldilsaver

    Thanks so much for these tips. It’s nice to see so you don’t have to be so intimidated with the process. I have the French press yet to be used and now I understand it better 🙂

    • Sweinstein

      I am up SAST with Trader Joe’s coffee bars, but they are often out of stock. How would one turn this into a frozen popsicle? I am assuming some sort of sweetener would need to be added?

      • 50ShadesofLipstick

        You can look up recipes online for frozen coffee bars but I would add simple syrup to the bar before freezing.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Perfect! Thanks for reading and enjoy!

    • Rebecca

      Do you have the recipe for that?

      • Karen

        I use a 24 oz Starbucks cold cup
        2/3 cup skim milk
        1 cup crushed ice
        Fill the rest of the cup with Cold brew (I use Starbucks espresso ground coffee)
        2tbls sugar free vanilla syrup (Torani)
        1 tbls sugar free Carmel sauce

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          YUM! thanks Karen!

    • Lizzie

      There is an awesome cold brew kit on Amazon that is 3 pieces: the cold brew maker, a growler for storage and a cute funnel. My husband came across it and we love it! Name is Hau’oli Life. They also have a great website with recipes and tips!

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Sounds great! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  8. Robyn

    Because you go through a lot of coffee grounds with cold brew, we have been stocking up on Wegman’s French Roast. A big can is under $8 and still tastes very good. The grind it comes in works fine with my cold brew pot.

  9. Teri Williams

    My problem is that I need to make about 2 gallons a week for my husband and I. Any tips for making large amounts?

    • Lizzie

      Hau’oli Life has a kit on Amazon that has a growler for storage. So you make a batch, then put that in the growler, and can make another batch right away! It was the best option for us as we go through a lot of it a week, too!

    • Ang

      I’ve been making The Pioneer Woman’s iced coffee (cold brew) method for several months now and I make 2 gallons at a time. That’s plenty for my girls and I and lasts us a month. It’s a little investment with the commercial grade container, strainer, cheese cloth and pitcher but pays for itself after a while. Hope you like it! http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/perfect-iced-coffee/

  10. Nana Donna 2 6

    FYI: The cook time says 12 minutes. Shouldn’t it be 12 hours? Thank you for posting this. It’s just me who drinks this, so I’ve been struggling with coming up with smaller ratios of the coffee… and thank for specifying coffee beans/grounds. So many online recipes don’t say and assume everyone knows what they mean. I’m not a regular, take-it-black coffee drinker, so usually use light roast beans, 1:1 water:coffee, sugar-free caramel, some milk or cream. (For me, it’s the caffeine I’m after and need it doctored up, plus get some health benefit adding the milk. LOL)

  11. Rebecca

    Thank you!!

  12. Dianna

    I just use a 99¢ pitcher for cold brew coffee. I’m talking about the “Kool aid” pitcher. I put the coffee grinds in & add water. Let sit in the fridge for at least 10-12 hours. I have a strainer to make a cup of coffee 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great! Thanks for sharing your method 👍

  13. Olgraygirl

    I am a huge fan of iced coffee also. Lately, with coupons of course, I have bought the box cold brew kit, Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. You just steep in a pitcher overnight, throw out the coffee bag, add a bit more water and drink it all week. Tastes great!

    • rmrfamily

      I also like the DD cold brew. I’ve used coupons to get mine. Just don’t squeeze the bag when done (like you might with a tea bag) to think you’ll get more. You’ll have grounds in your drink. Let it drain in a strainer and gently press. And don’t use a wide-mouth glass jar. The grounds/bag expand and you can’t get it out of the jar without tearing the bag.

  14. Melissa Williams

    My absolute favorite Cold Brew drink is Starbucks’ Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew…yummy yummy!! I love the hint of sweetness and the smooth velvety taste of the nitro cold brew coffee mixed with cream. With that being said I hate the price..lol..!! So in a quest to find something comparable, I feel like I’ve tried so many options: concentrated cold brew from the store and so many ground coffee varieties to find the perfect coffee for cold brew but I have yet to find what I am looking for. Does anyone have a suggestion for their favorite coffee they use for making cold brew at home?

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