The whole idea of making cold brew coffee at home was first introduced to us when we were in Chicago hanging out at my friend Aliza's house. She had set up cakes, cookies, and most importantly, a cold brew station complete with flavored syrups and assorted milks. It was delicious. I needed to know how to make this coffee.
The last time I wrote a post on this, I used cheesecloth and a pitcher. Since then, I've perfected my method and bought some actual equipment, which is both affordable and practical. There has been great feedback on my (almost) daily cold brew coffee and milk swirl on my Instagram stories, enough to make me want to edit this post.
What is cold brew?
Are you new to cold brew? Let's break it down from the top. Cold brew is coffee grinds brewed in cold water and never heated, as opposed to iced coffee which is hot brewed coffee that is then cooled down with ice or milk.
What's the benefits of cold brew over regular iced coffee?
- It's less acidic
- Perfect for a hot day
- EASY to make and store for later
- It's cold already so you don't need a lot of ice (ie watery coffee)
- More concentrated flavor
Here's what I use to make the best cold brew:
*you may use ground coffee as well. Here's two reasons why grinding your own beans to get a coarser ground is better:
1. To make the filtration process easier.
2. It'll help make your coffee less bitter.
Now let's begin!
First, grind of the coffee beans into a coarse grind.
Next, fill your cold brew maker ¾ of the way up with cold water. Put your grinds into the sleeve of your cold brew maker. Screw the lid together and put in your refrigerator for 24 hours.
When 24 hours is up, unscrew the lid to discard the grinds. Next, store the cold brew in the refrigerator for up to 7 days for peak freshness.
Here are some things you can add to your cup of cold brew:
Milk, creamer, ice, flavored syrups (hazelnut, vanilla etc), simple syrup for sweetness. Or, get boozy and try some alcoholic syrup like dulche de leche or chocolate liqueur.
Now that you know how to make iced coffee cold brew at home...what are you waiting for? Get to it!
Cold Brew Coffee at home
- Coffee grinder
- Cold brew maker
- Whole Coffee beans
- Grind the whole coffee beans into a coarse grind with a coffee grinder.
- Fill the cold brew pitcher up ¾ of the way with cold water.
- Add the grinds to the cold brew maker sleeve.
- Steep for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
- After 24 hours, remove the sleeve, toss the grinds, and store coffee in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Everyone want's to know how I make my coffee look so good! Here's the method:
I fill up a large cup with ice, pour the coffee over, and top with whole milk. No sugar needed.
Let me know how your cold brew making goes, and don't forget to tag me on Instagram!
Insider tip: Cold brew is absolutely amazing with this Lemony Loaf Cake 2.0