Cold Brew Coffee Made Easy

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Cold brew iced coffee is so easy to make at home and with a cold brew maker — it’s completely foolproof!

Cold Brew Coffee

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.

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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.

Until….

I started using a cold brew coffee maker.

My cold brew maker pick:

Hario Cold Brew Maker

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This is the secret to my perfect cold brews! The super fine filter makes coffee cloudy-free.
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Cold Brew Coffee Ingredients

What You’ll Need

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.

I have a coffee grinder so I get whole coffee beans and grind it myself.

(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.

Optional: Serve with milk or half & half and sweeten with quick simple syrup.

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

Is this recipe a concentrate?

No. The recipe doesn’t require it to be watered down before drinking.

Should I add ice?

I usually do but it’s not necessary since the coffee is already chilled from being in the refrigerator.

Do I really need a cold brew maker?

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.

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Cold Brew Coffee Made Easy

Author: Jee Choe
Cold brew iced coffee is so easy to make at home and with a cold brew maker, it's completely foolproof.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Brew Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield4 servings

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 3/4 cup coffee beans
  • 4 cups filtered water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

NOTES

No coffee grinder? Buy ground coffee and cold brew for 8 hours.

NUTRITION

Sodium: 12mg | Calcium: 7mg
Keyword Cold Brew, Easy, Iced Coffee
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4 thoughts on “Cold Brew Coffee Made Easy”

  1. Curious, can the cold brew coffee be then heated for a cup of hot coffee that would be better/smoother than coffee brewed with hot water?

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