Cold Brew Coffee Recipe – How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

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Cold Brew Recipe

Cold brew coffee is a refreshing and smooth alternative to traditional hot-brewed coffee. It is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period of time, resulting in a less acidic and less bitter flavor profile. This method of brewing brings out the natural sweetness and subtle flavors of the coffee beans, making it a perfect choice for coffee lovers who prefer a milder and less acidic taste. Here is a simple recipe to make your own delicious cold-brew coffee at home.

how to prepare cold brew coffee at home

Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Learn how to make cold brew coffee at home with our easy-to-follow guide.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 hours
Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • Coarsely ground coffee beans
  • Large container or pitcher
  • Stirring utensil
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Clean container for storing the cold brew concentrate
  • Coffee grinder Optional
  • Ice cubes Optional
  • Sweeteners Optional


  • 1 Cup Coarsely ground coffee
  • 4 Cup Cold water
  • Cream


  • Measure out 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee. The coarseness of the grind is important as it prevents over-extraction and bitterness. If you don't have a coffee grinder, you can ask your local coffee shop to grind the beans specifically for cold brew.
    2. In a large container or pitcher, combine the ground coffee and 4 cups of cold water. Stir gently to ensure all the coffee grounds are saturated.
    3. Cover the container/pitcher and let it steep at room temperature for 12-24 hours. The longer you steep, the stronger and more concentrated the coffee will be. Adjust the steeping time according to your preference.
    4. After the steeping time, line a fine-mesh sieve or a coffee filter over another container or pitcher. Slowly pour the coffee mixture through the sieve/filter to separate the grounds from the liquid. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your sieve/filter.
    5. Discard the used coffee grounds and transfer the cold brew coffee concentrate to a clean container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
    6. To serve, dilute the cold brew concentrate with water, milk, or cream, according to your taste preferences. Start with equal parts concentrate and water/milk, then adjust to your desired strength.
    7. Add ice cubes if desired, and sweeten with your preferred sweetener if desired. Stir well and enjoy your homemade cold brew coffee!

FAQs on Cold Brew Recipe

Q: How long can I store the cold brew coffee concentrate? A: The cold brew concentrate can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Q: Can I use regular coffee grounds instead of coarsely ground coffee? A: Coarsely ground coffee is recommended for cold brew as it prevents over-extraction and bitterness. However, if you only have regular coffee grounds, you can still use them, but the flavor may be slightly different. Q: How can I make the cold brew coffee less strong? A: To make a milder cup of cold brew coffee, dilute the concentrate with more water or milk. Start with equal parts concentrate and water/milk, then adjust to your desired strength. Q: Can I heat the cold brew coffee? A: Cold brew coffee is meant to be enjoyed cold, but you can heat it if you prefer a warm cup. Simply heat the desired amount in a microwave or on the stovetop, and enjoy!”

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