How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home

  • How To Make Cold-Brew Coffee at Home...it takes no time and very minimal effort! You'll wake up to the most amazing iced coffee drink. Just in time for summer!

    This is my new summer obsession. Homemade cold-brew iced coffee with half-and-half and sweetened condensed milk. I have a large glass of it every morning and I’ve stopped going to the coffee shop around the corner from work because it’s SO easy to make at home and helps me pocket that $3 I used to spend daily.

    I posted this cold-brew photo on Instagram a couple weekends ago and was surprised how many people wanted to know how to make it themselves! I wasn’t going to make a blog post out of it but since there was demand, I figured why the heck not? People were saying that they weren’t sure they could handle the time commitment for cold-brew. There is virtually NONE! You literally soak coffee grounds overnight in the fridge and you wake up to the most amazing elixir of life.

    Directions below on how to make cold brew coffee at home! :)

    How To Make Cold-Brew Coffee at Home...it takes no time and very minimal effort! You'll wake up to the most amazing iced coffee drink. Just in time for summer!

    Ok, so don’t be like me and pour the coffee super fast or you’ll end up with a spill (like the one you see below, haha) and you don’t want to waste a drop of this!!cold-brew-coffee-collage-2

    How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home
    Prep Time
    12 hrs
    Total Time
    12 hrs
     

    It takes no time and very minimal effort! Just in time for summer!

    Ingredients
    • 1-12 ounce bag of ground coffee
    • 10 1/2 cups of room temperature water
    Instructions
    1. Pour the coffee grounds into a large plastic container with a lid.
    2. Fill the plastic container with water and stir the coffee grounds around with a spoon until all grounds are moistened.
    3. Place lid on the plastic container and pop into the refrigerator overnight.
    4. After the overnight process, place a layer of cheese cloth over a fine-mesh strainer. Place the strainer over another large plastic container with a lid.
    5. Gently and SLOWLY pour the coffee over the strainer. If it becomes too full, stop and let it drain before continuing.
    6. Keep pouring until all the coffee liquid has passed through the strainer and you're left with coffee grounds. You can also gently press the coffee grounds in the strainer with the back of a spoon to squeeze out more liquid.
    7. Store in the fridge for up to three months (you'll likely finish it way before then!)
    8. Read notes below before fixin' your own coffee drink! :)
    Recipe Notes

    Keep in mind that this is a coffee concentrate so you'll need to dilute your coffee with some water when you make your coffee drink (unless you really like strong coffee). This is what I do:

    In a 16-ounce cold drink tumbler, fill with ice. Fill half the tumbler with your cold-brew coffee concentrate and just under a half of the rest of the tumbler with cold water. I add about 1/2 tablespoon of half-and-half and 1/2 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk. Screw the lid on, pop in the straw, stir well and you've got yourself a refreshing coffee drink!!

    If you don't have a 16-ounce cold drink tumbler, you can just use a regular glass or mason jar or whatever you have. You don't have to make your coffee recipe exactly like how I make mine - everyone takes their coffee differently! This is just merely an idea of how I make mine :)

     

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  • Anna @OMG Yum! says:

    Awesome! I love iced coffee in the summer! Will definitely be making this :D

  • Danielle J says:

    Perfect! I’ll be doing this tonight!

  • How to Philosophize with Cake says:

    Great tutorial! I love iced coffee in this weather, I’ll have to try this preparation sometime. :)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    That gif is too fun! Josh would love this (Since he’s the coffee drinker in the house). I’ll have to whip it up soon!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    I’ve been making pitchers of iced coffee every week lately – it’s a life saver!! Love your gif!

  • Tieghan says:

    I cannot wait to try this! I have been wondering about cold brew coffee for a while now. So excited!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Nice! Love the animation!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Great tutorial!! …..and that photo, so fun!!!!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    This is a life savor!! Gorgeous photos too!

  • Gina says:

    What kind of grind do you use for the coffee?

    • Julie says:

      I used a fine grind.

  • Monique says:

    I LOVE cold brew coffee. I actually use my French press since I make it in small batches… and also I am impatient. Need to try this condensed milk business!!! yum.

  • Heather Christo says:

    that is AWESOME. I miss drinking coffee so badly. SO badly- gorgeous little cartoon!

  • marla says:

    Ohhhhhh. Is this smart & I’m so gonna go with the cold brew!!

  • Yep. I love my cold brew. But I always have mine with only sweetened condensed milk, then its almost like Vietnamese coffee.

  • Claire Gallam says:

    Oh this is DREAMY. I need to make this!

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    What a simple recipe to make a cold brew. Saving this for later.

  • Crystal | Apples & Sparkle says:

    I love your video! I can’t wait to give this a try. I also really love the idea of adding sweetened condensed milk.

  • Kristen says:

    Super neat gif! I love cold brewed coffee. It is so easy and convenient to have on hand. I am so bad, I never add water to mine because I like it strong.

  • Bridget @ Champagne Frosting says:

    I’ve been wanting to try cold brew coffee and that looks so good I just ordered a new pitcher and cheesecloth so I can make some ASAP!! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Uh, why YES. I do need this in my life as soon as possible. :)

  • cheri says:

    Love cold brew, so nice to be able to make this at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Gaby says:

    This looks perfect!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about cold brew coffee, can’t wait to try this!

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen says:

    Yum! I love condensed milk in coffee. It’s soooo good. Feels like a real treat!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    I cannot stop watching the graphic! Condensed milk mmmmmm. Great step by steps and now I feel ready for summer!

  • Lynna says:

    I`m not a coffee drinker, so when I tried to make something like this, before reading on any recipe, I totally failed. LOL. Love this!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

    What a great idea Julie! I am going to try this. It looks so easy! Pinned!

  • Meredith says:

    Just perfect for summer, love your photo!

  • Holly S. says:

    Make a homemade coffee creamer with 1/2 n 1/2 , sweetened condensed milk, and your favorite extract (Hazelnut a must-have for me!) Add to your cold brew. TO DIE FOR!

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    Yummmmmy! Thanks so much for this recipe, I’ll definitely be making up a batch, I still need my coffee fix, even when it’s super hot out haha!!

  • Kate says:

    You copied this post almost exactly from the Pioneer woman’s website from 2011 – http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/perfect-iced-coffee/… Shouldn’t you have given credit where it was due? Like you state, “…link back to this post to provide proper credit.”

    • Julie says:

      Kate, I appreciate you commenting about this but just because a big popular blogger does something, doesn’t mean she’s the original creator of it. I did this on my own after hearing the process from a coworker of mine and yes, of course it’s a similar process; it’s something that’s been done from generation to generation. Thanks for pointing it out though, there are always similarities in popular recipes!

      • Troobeesez says:

        I gotta say, I am def’ly a Pioneer Woman fan, but your photos and general layout are so much more appealing visually. And that’s why I’ll visit often!
        I’ve never liked photo-only instructions (think IKEA!) but yours are so vivid that I could probably do the recipe without reading the copy!
        Keep up the good work Ü

        • Julie says:

          Thank you! :)

  • DessertForTwo says:

    This is so cool! I’m obsessed with your layered video! You’ve got me craving iced coffee! I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  • Mondo | I bake he shoots says:

    great idea! I need to make this and use it to keep my Mocha Boba habit satisfied.

  • PattyC says:

    LOVE iced coffee. I have mine soaking in the fridge right now… Can’t wait for morning!! I appreciate the time you put into your site.

    • Julie says:

      Enjoy! Hope you like :)

  • Nicole says:

    I’m an ice coffee addict, it’s my favorite. Have you tried the Toddy? It’s super easy and been around awhile. Might be less clean up! Enjoy

    • Julie says:

      Yup, I’ve heard of the Toddy but I didn’t want to spend money to buy something that I had equipment for at home. Maybe I’ll look into it though :) thanks!

  • Miss Kim @ behgopa says:

    Yum!! I was so wanting some of this when I saw it on your IG! I love iced coffee too much too. But it sure can add up in $$ quickly, especially if you are drinking it regularly. This looks so tasty and refreshing.

  • Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking says:

    This. Looks. Perfect!!! I’ve been doing the whole freeze leftover coffee into ice cubes to minimize the watered down-ness of homemade iced coffee…but I need to give this a try! Sounds so simple and looks delicious :)

  • Linda says:

    LOVED this brew, it’s good-bye STAR-BUCKS for iced coffee, my ice tea from scratch is tasteless even when I use good, tasty, expensive tea, HELP!

    • Julie says:

      I don’t drink tea so I have no idea how to make it good. Sorry!

  • Leila says:

    I tried this and I love it!!! Planning to make more to stock for a month.

    Thank you

    • Julie says:

      Yay! Love cold brew coffee :)

  • Kavos Aparatų Remontas says:

    I still do not understand how to make that white syrup?? My english is not very good so maybe I do not understand something.. But it looks so good and delicious.

    • Julie says:

      The white syrup is just condensed milk. You don’t make it. You can buy it at the grocery store.

  • melissa says:

    Made this last night – it was AWESOME. So glad I saw this on pintrest!!! :)

  • Caroline says:

    Awesome recipe! I made ice cubes from coffee (just brew some coffee the regular way and pour into ice
    cube trays and freeze) and I use those in my iced coffee so it doesn’t get watered down.

  • Lee says:

    what grind is your coffee at? i might have just missed it but plz help?

    • Julie says:

      I usually just grind it coarsely. If you grind it at the store, they usually have an option for ‘pour over’ grind – in that case, I do that one.

  • Hoang says:

    Ok, i love it

  • James says:

    I would like to post this for cold coffee that is better than Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts to me and 210 others. You will need hot coffee “ANY BRAND” and half and half and six 12 oz bottles.
    1-In a coffee pot put in 12 rounded Coffee spoons of any coffee
    2- Fill your pot to 10 cups of cold water.
    3 Turn on your pot and let it brew until done.
    4. Pour hot coffee back into pot with the grounds, run hot coffee again until done.
    5 Pour the coffee into a pitcher and and ad 2 3/4’s cups sugar in pitcher let it get very cold or place in freezer until cold.
    Pour 3/4’s cup of coffee into a bottle which i do and put in 3/4’s cup of half and half and ad two teaspoons of chocolate syrup and shake.
    Anyone will love this and i keep 15 bottles in the fridge everyday and after drinking one i rinse the bottle and pour in coffee and half and half and then syrup. Trust me.

  • Aggie says:

    I used a finer grind, so that was probably some or all of the problem…but, after steeping for 12 hours, the cold brew wasn’t ready at all. The coffee was weak. So, I let it steep another 12 and YUCK! I ended up with a darker, very bitter brew. Even when diluted and drowned in vanilla creamer and/or half & half, it was just awful. We had to throw it out. ? For my next attempt, I did use course ground coffee. I secured about 1-1/2 cups of the ground coffee in cheese cloth and put that in a gallon jar of water. I let it “marinate” for about 12-18 hours, testing the strength hourly after 12 hours. When it was just right, all I had to do was take out the cheese cloth “package” and, voila, great cold brew! I washed out the cloth and saved it for next time. Thanks for this recipe, it got me started making my own cold brew!! It’s the only coffee I can drink, after my gastric sleeve surgery last year, that doesn’t hurt my tummy!

    • Julie says:

      Glad you kept trying!!

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