Your Guide to Making Delicious Cold Brew Coffee at Home
Make your mornings brew-tiful!
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!
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!
Hip Tip: Any leftover coffee can be frozen into ice-cubes so you have a non-diluted chilled brew!
Cold Brew Coffee
prep time: 5 MINUTES
total time: 5 MINUTES
Here's how to easily make a smooth cup of cold brew at home!
- 3/4 cup coffee beans, coarsely ground
- 3 cups cold water
- any desired coffee creamer or milk *optional
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.
French Press Cold Brew
To brew: It’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 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.
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 chiller: Fill 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?
Try High Brew Cold Brew Coffee!