How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Posted on Thu, May 16, 2019

Easy cold brew recipePhoto credit: © SawBear Photography -

Summer is almost here! Some might be dreaming of the sun 😎, beach 🏖️, and BBQ 🍔 but we are busy perfecting our cold brew coffee game. We prefer to make our cold brew at home. Although a Starbucks treat now and then never hurt anyone, it is expensive and wasteful. At much less than $1.00 per serving, homemade cold brew is the way to go!

Why is cold brew so popular?

Preparing coffee with cold water rather than hot leaves the acid where it belongs–in the beans, not your cup. The result is a smoother cup of joe, a happier stomach, and healthier teeth.

Is cold brew the same as iced coffee?

Iced coffee uses traditional brewing methods and is served over ice. The result is a different drinking experience as iced coffee tends to taste watered down. Plus, iced coffee is more acidic, creating a sometimes bitter java.

Is cold brew stronger than regular coffee?

Yes, cold brew has a higher coffee to water ratio and therefore more caffeine per cup. To reduce the jolt, you can add more water.

Can I drink cold brew coffee hot?

Yep! Add some boiling water to your mug or heat it in the microwave for a warm version. You will end up with something like an Americano, which is an espresso shot topped with hot water.

How long does it take to make cold brew coffee?

We recommend around 16-18 hours. Anything else provides less than optimal results. It is a personal taste preference. The longer you let it steep, the stronger it will taste.

How long does cold brew last?

Some say that you can keep cold brew coffee in your fridge for up to two weeks. We disagree and suggest drinking it within one week. After about seven days you will start to see sediment in the bottom of your pitcher that may transfer to your cup. Even though we are making it at home, we still want the highest quality possible!

How to make coffeehouse quality cold brew at home:


  • 4 cups coarse ground coffee
  • 1 cup of water

You will need:

  • Cold brew pitcher with filter
  • Large cup
  • Reusable straws
  • Cup sleeve


  • Purchase coarsely ground coffee or grind your own fresh beans, similar to that used for a french press.
  • Add the ground coffee to the filter that accompanies your pitcher or jar.
  • Fill the jar with cold water.
  • Cover with lid.
  • Place in the fridge and allow it to steep overnight.
  • In 16- 18 hours, remove the filter and compost the grinds.
  • Add a few ice cubes to a large cup.
  • Fill ⅔ of the way with the cold brew concentrate.
  • Top with cold water and cream if you so desire.

Here is the best part, you can now return the unused portion of cold coffee concentrate to your fridge to enjoy all week! Here are our top six recommended essential to make easy cold brew coffee at home:

1) Cold brew coffee pitcher (Amazon Choice)

Cold brew coffee pitcher (1)

2) Mason jar cold brew set (what we use)


3) Cold brew coffee

Best cold brew coffee

4) BPA free sipper jar (Amazon top seller)


5) Java Sock cup sleeve

51enV77rFLL._SL1000_ (1)6) Replacement stainless steel straws (Amazon best seller)


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