The How & Why To Make Cold Brew Coffee

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Cold brew is becoming more and more popular, year on year. The benefit of making cold brew coffee is that this brewing process provides a much smoother flavor that true coffee connoisseurs appreciate.

Other benefits include the fact that it’s a great drink during warm weather months and it’s super easy to prepare. You can brew it overnight and it will remain fresh for as much as two weeks. That’s not a claim that the average cup of hot coffee can offer.

A glass off cold brew coffee, sat next to a pair of sunglasses and a smart phone

Learning best way to make cold brew coffee will not only give you a better cup of coffee day in and day out but it will also go much easier on the wallet than driving to your favorite coffee shop to get the same great flavor.

Coffee Beans For Cold Coffee Recipe

You never want to freeze your coffee beans. There are two reasons for this. First, coffee beans are porous. This means they’ll absorb the various flavors of your freezer. Not the tastiest solution by far. After all, who wants fish-flavored coffee?

The second reason is that the oils that provide the robust flavor of your favorite coffee are broken down during the freezing process.

You also don’t want to let your favorite gourmet coffee beans sit in your cabinet or pantry for a long time without grinding them either. It’s best to make your favorite cold press coffee recipe in a large batch and use up all of your ground coffee in one sitting.

The coffee itself can be stored (and remain fresh) for a little while longer than the beans are likely to maintain peak freshness.

A pile of coffee beans

Buy what you need for the coffee recipes you have immediate plans for and avoid buying in bulk or too far in advance. This will help you avoid waste and save money in the long run on your coffee purchases, whether you’re plans are to use a coffee press when making cold brew coffee or to use your traditional coffee brewing methods.

Getting the Right Cold Brew Grind

The perfect grind is essential when working with cold press coffee. There is no doubt that using fresh coffee beans is the absolute best way to go. Many people debate whether it’s a better investment to grind at the store before you leave or to purchase your own coffee grinder.

Some people feel that commercial grinders available for home use aren’t as powerful and do not grind as well as those designed for industrial purposes such as the grinders that are available in coffee shops and grocers.

Ground coffee in a jar

However, if you select the right kind of grinder and grind in several small batches rather than one large batch it will help you achieve the perfect grinding consistency. The key is to invest in a high-quality burr grinder.

Making Cold Brew Coffee

Once you’ve ground your coffee, measure out 1/3 cups of ground coffee and place it in a jar. Add 1.5 cups of water. Cover the jar and allow the mixture to “rest” for 12 hours at room temperature.

The next morning (or whenever you plan to serve your cold brew coffee) you should run the coffee through a fine filter twice before preparing it to serve.

Fill a tall glass with ice then mix the coffee concentrate you’ve made with coffee to taste (most people prefer equal proportions) and enjoy. You may add milk to the recipe if you like for a different flavor. You should be able to enjoy two cold brew coffees with this cold press coffee recipe.

Recipes for Added Coffee Pleasure

The great thing about cold brew coffee is that you can still do with it many of the things you’d do with a regular cup of coffee – at least when it comes to serving and/or enjoying it cold. This means that there are plenty of delicious iced coffee recipes out there you can use with hot or cold brew coffee.

For a killer cup of iced coffee you might want to try this coffee recipe on for size.

Vanilla Coffee

  • 6 ounces of cold press coffee
  • .75 ounces of Irish cream
  • .75 ounces of Kahlua
  • .75 ounces of vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce of whipped cream

Mix liquids together until glass is full and top with whipped cream. It doesn’t get any better than this! This recipe serves one.

Mocha Joe Shake


  • 2 cups cold brew coffee
  • 4 ounces of chocolate syrup
  • 3 generous scoops of vanilla ice cream


  • Some whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Add crushed ice to blender until it is half-filled. Add all remaining “shake” ingredients and blend well. You want the mixture to be thick but a little icy. Pour mixture into four chilled mugs.

Top with a little whipped cream and sprinkle chocolate on top.

Another option you may want to consider is drizzling chocolate syrup in the mug before pouring the shake for a little added dash of chocolaty goodness and a touch of style.

You don’t have to make fancy recipes with your cold brew coffee. Most people simply like to enjoy it “as is” for the perfect wake up brew in the morning.

Whatever your coffee preference; hot, cold, or smothered in chocolate, there are plenty of great recipes to help you make it a little more exciting.

Have you tried these cold press coffee recipes? Do you have a favorite? Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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Brian Wills
Brian Wills
As a qualified Barista, I've used coffee machines and espresso makers for many years. I'm now using this website to share my love of coffee along with my opinion on the best machines. I'll be documenting my experience within the coffee industry, and sharing a great deal of information on how to make coffee and espresso drink recipes.
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