Brew Coach: How to Make Cold Brew

Making cold brew at home has never been easier

By Chris Ali


December 22, 2023

Brew Coach

In the realm of coffee aficionados, cold brew has emerged as a refreshing and smooth alternative to its hot counterparts. Cold brew coffee is a refreshing and simple way to enjoy coffee, especially during warmer weather, but we won’t judge you for drinking it year round! In this guide, we will walk you through achieving cold brew nirvana at home.

Ingredients and Tools:

  • Coarsely ground coffee beans
  • Cold or room temperature water
  • A large jar or pitcher
  • Coffee filter, cheesecloth or reusable cloth filter
  • Optional: milk of your choice

Choose Quality Beans:
Starting with high-quality, freshly roasted coffee beans will set you up for brewing success.

Measure Coffee:
For a standard ratio, use about 1 cup (around 100 grams) of coarsely ground coffee for every 4 cups (about 1 liter) of water. Adjust this ratio to suit your taste preferences.

Combine Coffee and Water:
In a large jar or pitcher, add the coarsely ground coffee to the cold or room temperature water. Stir well to ensure all the coffee grounds are saturated.

Cover the jar or pitcher and let the coffee steep in the refrigerator for an extended period. A common steeping time is around 12-24 hours. The longer the steeping time, the stronger the cold brew will be.

Strain the Coffee:
After the steeping period, strain the cold brew to remove the coffee grounds. You can use a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or a coffee filter. If you used a coarse grind, a sieve might be sufficient; if you used a finer grind, you might want to use a coffee filter to catch any sediment.

Dilute the concentrated cold brew with water or milk, depending on your preference. A common ratio is 1:1 for a standard strength, but adjust according to taste.

Add Ice and Enjoy:
Pour the cold brew over ice and enjoy! Customize your cold brew with milk or sweeteners if desired.

Pro Tips:

  • Cold brew coffee is highly concentrated, so you may want to dilute it before serving.
  • Experiment with the steeping time to find your preferred strength. A longer steeping time generally results in a stronger brew.
  • Cold brew concentrate can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Dilute it with water or milk as needed when serving.
  • Invest in a burr grinder for consistent grind size.

Mastering the art of making the perfect cold brew coffee at home is a rewarding journey that will save you money and time instead of standing in line at some cafe. Embrace the incredibly easy, hands-off process and savor the satisfaction of a well-brewed cup of cold brew just to your liking. Cheers to the ultimate homemade cold brew experience!

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