How To Make Cold Brew Iced Coffee

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! 

Cold Brew Iced Coffee

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 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!

How do you make cold brew coffee

Let’s break this down into five easy steps!

how to make cold brew coffee concentrate

how to make cold brew coffee concentrate

Step 1: Pour 1 3/4 cup ground coffee into a pitcher.

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 over a beverage dispenser or an additional pitcher. We 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. 

Store in the refrigerator in mason jars. Now simply add ice and serve as desired!

How long should you let cold brew coffee steep?

Good question! I like to leave mine overnight, or roughly 12 hours!

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BOOM! Fresh, delicious cold brew. Ready for the heat wave.

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Use this homemade cold brew concentrate in:

 

Cold Brew Coffee

Prep Time 00:05 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups ground coffee
  • 4 cups filtered water

Directions

  1. Step 1: Pour 1 3/4 cup ground coffee into a pitcher.
  2. Step 2: Pour 4 cups of water into the pitcher.
  3. Step 3: STIR.
  4. Step 4: Cover with plastic wrap and let steep for 12 hours.
  5. 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. 
  6. Store in the refrigerator in mason jars. Now simply add ice and serve as desired!

Recipe Notes

You will need:

Cleaning your cheese cloth:

  • Immediately 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 since regular household soaps contain toxic chemicals that may soak into the cotton fibers and later come into contact with your food.
  • Lemon juice, white vinegar and baking soda can also be useful for loosening up crusty bits and removing stains. You can add any one of these ingredients to soaking water. Use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per gallon of water, depending on how grimy the cheesecloth is. You can make a baking soda paste to scrub out stubborn stains. Be sure to rinse the cheesecloth thoroughly, because even lemon juice and vinegar may attract pathogens or fruit flies.
  • Dry the cheesecloth in a hot dryer, or hang it outside to dry in the sun if you have adequately hot temperatures to dry it quickly.
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19 comments on “How To Make Cold Brew Iced Coffee

  • Cold coffee for summer days like these!
    Is it 1 and 3/4 cups of coffee powder for 4 cups of water?

    What coffee do you like to use?

    Love,
    Lia

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  • After doing it this way for several months, I hit upon the idea of using my French press coffee maker and it works wonderfully – plus no straining the grounds! I also use the grounds in my composting, so no waste here.

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  • jennyquack says:

    I have a really dumb question…how do you clean the cheesecloth? Or do you just throw it away? Thanks! I drink cold brew every day, even in winter. It is an expensive habit! I love the jar with the spout on it!

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    • NO. That’s a great question. It’s a little tedious but can be reused.

      Immediately 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 since regular household soaps contain toxic chemicals that may soak into the cotton fibers and later come into contact with your food.

      Lemon juice, white vinegar and baking soda can also be useful for loosening up crusty bits and removing stains. You can add any one of these ingredients to soaking water. Use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per gallon of water, depending on how grimy the cheesecloth is. You can make a baking soda paste to scrub out stubborn stains. Be sure to rinse the cheesecloth thoroughly, because even lemon juice and vinegar may attract pathogens or fruit flies.

      Dry the cheesecloth in a hot dryer, or hang it outside to dry in the sun if you have adequately hot temperatures to dry it quickly.

      Reply
  • I love cold brew and making it weekly. I was getting tired of cleaning the cheese cloth or my nut bag. Finally I just put it through the coffee pot (pot was not on) and let it strain threw there. So much easier & faster!

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  • DenverBarbara says:

    If you can’t compost but want to use the grounds in the garden, can you just sprinkle them around the plants? How much is too much?

    5.0 rating

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