Homemade Cold Brew Coffee


Can you tell I’m excited?

Homemade Cold BrewI know that there are probably 8653432 recipes for cold brew all over the world wide web, but I was just too excited about this to not share it with my favorite internet friends. So here is another recipe for cold brew.

I have tried several times to make my beloved iced coffee at home, and have failed miserably every time. I have done the technique where you brew a regular cup of coffee and stick it in the fridge or freezer to let it chill and then pour it over ice. Just not the same. When I finally got around to actually cold brewing it, it just wasn’t working. I did what all of the recipes told me to do –> use X amount of coffee to X amount of water, let coffee grounds soak in water for so many hours, and then strain out the wonderful cold brew.

Nope, wasn’t happening for me. I would always end up with a weird textured coffee, it wasn’t smooth at all. There was always little tiny bits of the grounds floating in it, and it would settle at the bottom. Cue face palm reaction.

Homemade Cold BrewI was using a fine mesh strainer to strain the water, and I even tried to use a nut milk bag, thinking that would fix the problem. NOPE.

But then, through some research on Dr. Google, I came across someone saying that they like to make their cold brew in a french press because the strainer in the press is super fine and it makes the coffee smoother. So, I was so serious about mastering this flippin’ cold brew that I went to HomeGoods and actually bought a french press. I soaked the coffee overnight (telling myself not to get my hopes up), pressed out the coffee, poured it over ice, and OH EM GEEEE it worked! The clouds parted and the sun shined down on this amazing cold brew that was smooth, not gritty, slightly sweet, and not bitter or acidic.

Homemade Cold BrewI may or may not have done a happy dance. I am apparently that lame. I am SO happy that I can finally make a good cold brew at home and stop giving coffee shops all of my money this summer. Victory!


Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

Yield: ABout 4 cups of cold brew concentrate


  • 1 cup organic whole coffee beans
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 6-cup french press coffee maker


  1. In a food processor, pulse the coffee beans until you have a coarse grind. If you don't want to grind your own beans, you can always start with already ground beans.
  2. Pour the coffee grounds into the french press, then pour 4 cups of water over it, saturating all of the beans.
  3. Let the mixture sit for at least 8 (or up to 20 hours).
  4. When you are ready to strain, just press the water through the french press until you have all of the grounds separated to the bottom.
  5. Pour out the coffee into a jar or pitcher and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  6. The longer you let it brew, the stronger it will be, so when you are ready to serve, dilute it with a 1:1 ratio of water or creamer of choice, or less if you like it stronger.



  1. Thanks for the post. It is really nice process. I should try to make this cold brew coffee, for my hubby. He loves to drink this type of coffee very much. 🙂

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