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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (2 methods)

Cold brew coffee can be a delicious summer treat. Typically sweeter with less acidity, cold brew is a simple way to brew coffee. It is basically just coffee + room-temp water + time. So here's a brief how-to for making cold brew at home.

Method 1: french press

Tools: Grinder, french press, room-temperature/cold filtered water, and coffee.

Coffee to water ratio: 1:15 - 40 grams of coffee to 600 g/ml of water

Grind: Coarse

Brew time: 8-12 hours overnight.

Steps:

  1. Grind 40 grams of coffee coarsely, as you normally would for a french press.
  2. Add 600 grams/milliliters of room-temperature/cold filtered water. Stir gently.
  3. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight for about 8-12 hours.
  4. In the morning, carefully press down your french press, pour carefully, and enjoy! 

Method 2: filtered through cheesecloth

Tools: Grinder, clean container (such as a mason jar or food safe bucket), cheesecloth, strainer, coffee.

Coffee to water ratio: 1:15 - 40 grams to 600 g/ml of water

Grind: Coarse

Brew time: 8-12 hours

  1. Grind 40 grams of coffee coarsely.
  2. Add 600 grams of room-temperature/cold filtered water to your container with the coffee.
  3. Leave in the fridge overnight for about 8-12 hours.
  4. In the morning, carefully pour the coffee through a cheesecloth laid out over a strainer into another container. If you do not have a cheesecloth, a large filter will work, but it will take much longer to strain. Serve and enjoy!

You can add ice, simple sugar, milk, or drink cold brew black if you prefer. Cold brew coffee is typically sweeter with a lighter body. Simple sugar works better because it dissolves in cold liquids better than sugar, but either should work.