How to make Cold Brew Coffee at home

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home

The process of making cold brew coffee can be a little confusing, but we will break it down for you. Cold brew is made by combining ground coffee beans with water and letting the mixture steep overnight in the refrigerator. This creates a less acidic, higher caffeine beverage than traditional hot-brewed coffee because heat breaks down acids that are found naturally in roasted coffee beans. The end result is also usually significantly stronger! After your grounds have sat overnight and soaked up all the delicious flavor from your fridge's resident fruit flies, simply strain out those pesky insects before enjoying this refreshing summer drink! - so why not give it a try?


Making cold brew coffee at home can be a hassle. You have to grind the beans, measure out the water and wait for hours before you get to drink your delicious cup of joe.

But our cold brew coffee maker makes it easy! All you need is some ground coffee, hot water, and ice cubes and you're good to go in less than 2 minutes.

The perfect solution for anyone who loves iced coffees but doesn't want all that sugar from store-bought iced drinks or expensive cafes. Just fill up with freshly brewed coffee and add ice cubes, lemon slices, or mint leaves if desired. This way you'll always make sure your morning starts off on a refreshing note!

We will make a cup of cold brew coffee following the steps below:

1. The difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee

2. How to make cold brew at home

3. Tips for making a good cup of cold brew at home

4. How to drink cold brew coffee

1. The difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee

For cold brew coffee, you will need a container (preferably airtight), coffee beans, and water - enough for at least three cups of coffee. A jar is perfect for this as it has an opening on top that can be closed to prevent any coffee grounds from spilling over into other liquids while they steep. You'll also want to have some cheesecloth or another type of cloth available in order to strain your cold brew coffee after steeping time is up.

For iced coffee, all you really require are ground coffee beans and boiled hot water; however, if you wish to mellow out the flavor then add ice cubes before pouring them into glass mugs/glasses (I prefer to use coffee mugs).

The difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee is that cold brew coffee has a smoother taste while iced coffee's flavor can be more intense. It really depends on the type of coffee you prefer. Some people like their coffee to have less acidity for example, in which case they will opt for cold brew over iced coffees; whereas some might find that ice melts too quickly from the drink then diluting its strength resulting in them opting instead for an iced coffee so as not to lose any potency.

2. How to make cold brew at home

Homemade cold brew coffee is:

  • Smooth, slightly sweet, and super refreshing

  • Easy to make

  • More affordable than buying at a coffee shop

  • Ready-made for busy mornings

  • Easily heated up if you’re in the mood for hot coffee

Recipe of homemade cold brew coffee

  • Whole coffee beans

  • cold water

  • Water filter pitcher

  • Mason jar or coffee grinder


Grind whole coffee beans. Keep the coarsely ground coffee for 24 hours of brewed time.

Fill your water filter pitcher with cold water and set it in the fridge overnight or 24 hours to chill and remove chlorine taste. You can also use leftover, filtered coffee from another day’s brewing if you don’t have a filter pitcher! Put the lid on top so that there is no air coming into contact with the grounds which will keep them fresh longer!

Add ground coffee beans to a mason jar or grinder depending on what you're using - about twice as much ground coffee than cold water volume. For example, for 24 oz of water use 12 tablespoons of coffee grinds; 60g/ 24oz of water.

Put the lid on and shake to mix well. Leave it somewhere out of direct sunlight for 24 hours, or until you see grounds sink to the bottom and no more bubbles rising - this is when your cold brew coffee will be ready! Enjoy ice-cold with a sweetener like honey or maple syrup or add some milk if you prefer iced lattes!

Small tip

If 24 hours sounds too long, try making 12-hour cold brew coffee by adding half as much ground coffee beans (or less) than you would for 24 hour brewing time. This won't yield quite as strong a flavor but works great for those who don’t want such a concentrated drink. You can always increase concentration later by steeping in cold water for 24 hours longer.

3. Tips for making a good cup of cold brew at home

Coffee grinds should be medium coarseness and not too fine of course.

Grind the coffee beans just before brewing for maximum freshness and flavor.

Use cold water that is filtered but not distilled, water containing minerals make the brew more flavorful.

Do not add anything else to the grinds/water mixture that would affect the taste of coffee.

Let the mixture sit on the counter where it can be stirred occasionally; otherwise if left in a fridge or freezer, sediment will build up at the bottom of the container which makes it harder to pour off brewed liquid.

After brewing, keep it refrigerated but not frozen until ready to serve and enjoy!

With some simple steps above, you can make your own high-quality glass of cold brew coffee.

3. How To Drink Cold Brew Coffee

Cold-brewed coffee is less acidic than hot coffee and has a darker color because it's not exposed to air during the brewing process. It also contains more caffeine per cup since its extraction time is greater than with traditional brewing methods such as French press or pour-over. While you can drink it straight up on ice (we recommend adding some sugar for taste), here are five ways that we've found to make a cup of the best cold brew: 

Mix 2 cups cold brewed coffee with 3 cups milk of your choice - sweetened or unsweetened depending on what you prefer - in a blender until smooth and frothy, then pour over ice to make an iced latte (we recommend adding some sugar for taste).

Add espresso shots or strong black tea to the cold brew concentrate before blending it into either hot water or steamed milk. Then serve as desired! Our favorite way is after pouring the mixture into cups, top each off with whipped cream and cocoa powder for a delicious mocha treat that's perfect any time of day.

You can also blend together crushed ice and light rum to make a summertime-proper iced cocktail. The addition of the alcohol will not dissolve at high temperatures, but it will when mixed with cold brew coffee concentrate that's been blended until smooth and frothy in a blender.

Add some ice cubes into your cup before pouring chilled brewed coffee over them for an icy beverage experience without diluting the flavor!

There are many advantages to cold brew iced coffee over hot coffee. The whole beans will steep in the water for 12 hours or more, giving you a much richer flavor and smoother taste than if boiled on the stovetop. This process also extracts about twice as much caffeine from the whole beans compared to traditional brewing methods because it doesn't expose them to heat while extracting their oils.

Cold-brew is easy! To make your own batch of this delicious drink at home, invest in some whole coffee beans (freshly roasted is best), then put them in a glass jar with enough fresh, filtered water that covers all but one inch of bean tops below ground level. Place the lid securely on top and shake well so there are no air pockets.

Put the whole beans in a jar with enough water to cover all but one inch of bean tops below ground level. Place the lid securely on top and shake well so there are no air pockets then store for 12 hours or more, shaking occasionally if you can resist!

After this time has elapsed, strain through a cloth filter set over your glass container until only dry grounds remain in the mesh lining (about two tablespoons). Pour into glasses filled with ice cubes and enjoy immediately. You will have about six cups worth of cold brew iced coffee at home when finished!

Optional: - Cold brewing results in an extra smooth taste that is less bitter than traditional hot-brewed coffee because it doesn't expose whole coffee beans


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Now that you know how to make cold brew coffee at home, take some time and try it out for yourself. If you want to learn more about the process we outlined above before attempting this experiment on your own, be sure to read through my blog post again. Remember that there are a few variables and factors which can change the outcome of your brewed coffee experience so do not get discouraged if something does not go as planned - just keep trying!

We hope these tips were helpful in showing you what steps need taking how to make cold brew coffee. Do not forget to drink responsibly though- stay hydrated with water during hot weather days like today.

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