Here's How To Make Perfect Cold Brew Coffee

If it weren't for cold brew, I don't think I'd survive the summer. Nothing beats the sweltering heat quite like the caffeinated coldness that is this summer's hottest drink, and I've got some great news for you: I've finally found the only cold brew coffee recipe you need to get you through the week. Your mornings just got a whole lot brighter.

Cold brew is by far the best tasting coffee out there, and that unbeatable flavor comes from the coffee's unique brewing process. Cold brew coffee, as opposed to traditionally brewed coffee, is made without the use of hot water. Removing the heat from the process helps cut down on the bitterness and acidity of the coffee, leaving you with a smoother taste and a more refreshing cup of coffee. The product of cold brewing is actually a coffee concentrate, so unlike iced coffee, which is regularly brewed coffee served over ice, cold brew doesn't get watered down by ice cubes or milk. In fact, cold brew coffee, whose name comes from how it is made and not how it is consumed, can even be served hot by adding heated water to it, meaning you can keep drinking it long after the summer sun has set. Not only is the flavor of cold brew better, but there is more caffeine in it due to its longer steep time. Yes, making cold brew coffee takes longer than any other method (at least 12 hours), but it is also actually the easiest way to get your java. All you need is some coarse ground coffee, a French press, cold water, and some patience.

While the exact measurement of coffee-to-water can be adjusted to your own personal preferences, this is the best way I've found to make bold, flavorful cold brew at home.


Makes 2-3 servings.

  • 1 1/2 cups ground coffee
  • 3 1/4 cups cold water


1. In an eight cup (34 oz.) coffee press, add in 1 1/2 cups (24 tablespoons) of ground coffee.

2. Pour in 2 cups of water. Stir. Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups of water.

3. Place the lid on the French press, but do not plunge. Steep in the fridge for at least 12 hours, but preferably 24.

4. After it's done sitting in the fridge, press the coffee. Serve with ice, milk, and sweetener of your choosing.

The Verdict

Since figuring out the right formula to the perfect at-home cold brew, my fridge hasn't been without it. It's smooth and flavorful without the bitter bite that comes with a lot of traditionally brewed iced coffee. I prefer my coffee on the stronger side, so I don't add any extra water to my cold brew, but you can add water or milk to adjust the strength to your personal liking. Want to spice up your cold brew a little more? Try adding in a tablespoon of cinnamon to the coffee grounds before steeping the coffee. It adds a little something extra to an already delicious cup of coffee. You're welcome.

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