Cold brew iced coffee is so easy to make at home and with a cold brew maker — it’s completely foolproof!
Homemade Cold Brew Iced Coffee
The best iced coffee is cold brewed coffee.
- Cold brew coffee is made by steeping ground coffee in cold water for a few hours.
- Ground your own coffee beans or use pre-ground beans.
- Smooth and strong.
- Easy to make with very little mess using a cold brew maker.
- Make it sweet and creamy with half & half and simple syrup.
My Trick to Making the Best Cold Brew
I’ve tried many, many times to make cold brew coffee at home and none of them ever turned out nearly as good as the ones I’ve had at coffee shops.
I started using a cold brew coffee maker.
My cold brew maker pick:
What You’ll Need
- Coffee (grind: medium-coarse/French press)
- Filtered water
- Hario Mizudashi cold brew coffee maker
Get the 1000ml sized pitcher.
- Coffee grinder
If there’s one thing you can spend money on to improve your coffee experience at home, make it a burr grinder.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
STEP 1: Grind coffee medium-coarse.
You can also buy ground coffee and use that to make cold brew.
(On the Barataza Encore coffee grinder, set it to #24.)
Medium-coarse grind is what you would use to make coffee in a French press.
To make 4 servings of cold brew, I grind 3/4 cup of whole coffee beans.
STEP 2: Put ground coffee in the infuser of a cold brew coffee maker.
The finer the mesh of the stainer, the clearer your coffee will turn out — no more cloudy coffee!
I put the coffee into the cold brew maker’s infuser first, then place the infuser into the pitcher to make sure I don’t accidentally put any of the ground coffee into the pitcher.
STEP 3: Pour room temperature water on top of the ground coffee.
Use filtered water if possible since water quality can make a huge difference in how the cold brew tastes.
The better the water, the better the coffee.
4 cups of water goes into the pitcher.
STEP 4: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
If you’re using finer ground coffee, steep in the refrigerator for 8 hours.
I found 15 hours to be the sweet spot for making cold brew with medium-coarse coffee.
After at least 12 hours in the refrigerator, the coffee will be nice and dark.
STEP 5: Remove infuser and pour coffee into a cup with ice.
No need to dilute the coffee with water — I find adding it into ice dilutes it perfectly.
COLD BREW COFFEE TIPS
- Grind coffee medium-coarse, which is the same setting as for brewing in a French press.
- Only have ground coffee for a coffee machine? That works too! Just brew it in the refrigerator for 8 hours instead of 12 – 15 hours.
- Add vanilla extract or cinnamon sticks to add extra flavoring to your cold brew.
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
No. The recipe doesn’t require it to be watered down before drinking.
I usually do but it’s not necessary since the coffee is already chilled from being in the refrigerator.
I haven’t had as much success making cold brew coffee without a cold brew maker since the strainer is key. A good strainer makes sure all the tiny coffee bits don’t go into the drink.
Cold Brew Coffee Made Easy
- 3/4 cup coffee beans
- 4 cups filtered water
- Grind coffee medium-coarse.Medium coarse is the same setting used to brew coffee in a French press. On the Barataza Encore coffee grinder, set it to #24.
- Put ground coffee in the infuser of a cold brew coffee maker.I put the coffee into the infuser first, then place the infuser into the pitcher to make sure I don't accidentally put any of the ground coffee into the pitcher.
- Pour room temperature filtered water on top of the ground coffee.The better the water, the better the coffee so use filtered water.
- Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
- Remove infuser and pour coffee into a cup with ice.Optional: Serve with milk or half & half and sweeten with simple syrup. No need to dilute the coffee.