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Making your own Cold Brew Iced Coffee is a total money saver, plus it’s super easy to make at home. It’s our favorite to have in the fridge all summer long. Making cold brew coffee is so easy! You simply just add water to coffee, stir, cover it and let it steep!
How To Make Cold Brew Coffee
WELL! It officially really feels like Summer. 90 degrees all last week and I’m seriously at the point of retiring my morning hot coffee for ALL iced coffee. It’s August and it was bound to happen already. BUT, don’t give me hot coffee watered down with ice. I want some good, strong cold brew; and it’s EASY to make!
Why cold brew over regular iced coffee
The difference between iced coffee and cold brew is essentially the brewing process. Cold brew is brewed without any heat. Ground coffee beans are steeped in cold or room-temperature water for between 12 and 24 hours.
This process creates a flavor with less bitterness than your typical iced coffee, since it oxidizes over a longer period of time than hot-brewed coffee! Also, the acids and oils released when making hot coffee remain in the bean, making for a smoother taste. We just love it, and it couldn’t be easier!
How do you make it?
Let’s break this down into five easy steps!
Step 1: Pour 1 3/4 cup ground coffee into a pitcher or large container.
Step 2: Pour 4 cups of water into the pitcher.
Step 3: STIR.
Step 4: Cover with plastic wrap and let steep for 12 hours.
Step 5: Remove plastic and place a cheesecloth over a beverage dispenser, additional pitcher, or large container. We highly recommend making a dip in the cheese cloth and not pulling it so tight, so the coffee can sit in it well. Pour coffee over the cloth.
Step 6: Store in the refrigerator in mason jars or containers of choice. Now simply add ice and serve as desired!
No cheesecloth? No problem!
Create a filter: Use a coffee filter, cheesecloth, a clean pillowcase, or fine mesh strainer. Note that you may have to strain a few times depending what you use.
How long should you let cold brew coffee steep?
Good question! I like to leave mine overnight, or roughly 12 hours!
What about using a French press?
You can! I don’t use this method personally, but here is what you’d do:
- Place the ground coffee in the base of your French Press and cover with cold water (don’t push down your French Press plunger)!
- Place your French Press in a cold, dark place for 12-15 hours (refrigerator or any space).
- Once done, push down your plunger and pour over ice.
BOOM! Fresh, delicious cold brew. Ready for the heat wave.
Cleaning your cheese cloth:
- Rinse your cheesecloth in hot water or place it in hot water to soak until you have a chance to wash it. After soaking, rinse again. Try to remove as many bits of food as possible before you start to wash it. Use only food safe soaps (I use Branch Basics).
- Wash then dry the cheesecloth in a dryer, or hang it outside to dry in the sun if hot out!
So you’ve made it… now:
Do you dilute when ready to drink?
Watch me make it in this video:
How To Make Cold Brew Iced Coffee
- 1 3/4 cups ground coffee your favorite smooth, non-bitter coffee
- 4 cups filtered water
- Step 1: Pour 1 3/4 cup ground coffee into a pitcheror large container.
- Step 2: Pour 4 cups of water into the pitcher.
- Step 3: STIR.
- Step 4: Cover with plastic wrap and let steep for 12 hours.
- Step 5: Remove plastic and place a cheese cloth (I use a few layers, if you use to many, your cold brew won't go through) over a jar, beverage dispenser, or an additional pitcher. You may want to tie it down with a rubberband. Pour coffee over the cloth.
- Store in the refrigerator in mason jars. Now simply add ice and serve as desired!