Cold Brew Coffee (Concentrate)

Cold Brew Filtering

You know that moment you realize “wait, I can TOTALLY do that!”? Well, we had one of those the other week with cold brew coffee.

Cold brew is like donuts (or cupcakes): it’s everywhere. It is less acidic than regularly brewed coffee (aka brewed with heat and some pressure), and typically more expensive.* It’s also incredibly easy to make.

We did it the complicated way, because we don’t have a French press. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Mix 1 part ground coffee and 2 parts water in a container. If you use 1/2 a cup of coffee, use 1 cup of water. 1 cup of coffee, 2 cups of water. Etc.
  2. Let this sit on the counter for 12-24 hours.
  3. Drain the liquid from the solids (you can see my fancy strainer + coffee filter + measuring cup above).
  4. This yields cold-brew concentrate.
  5. You can drink this straight, if you want your bones to shiver from its strength. To enjoy more reasonably, mix equal parts concentrate with water or milk for the coffee beverage of you choice.


Have a French press? Just toss all this stuff into the French press, let sit for 12-24 hours, then pour off liquid.

*(As to why cold brew is a bit more expensive? It uses more coffee to make a cup.)


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