How To Make Cold Brew Coffee At Home

Cold brew coffee may be en vogue, but that doesn't mean you need to go to an expensive coffee shop to enjoy it.

Not to be confused with iced coffee - which is usually made from regular warm coffee, sometimes brewed double-strength, then poured over ice - cold brew is a type of coffee drink which doesn't involve any heat.

The above video from explains how you can make the refreshing drink at home.


Use one pound of coarsely ground coffee for one gallon of water. A lighter roast coffee will be fruitier and will work better for a longer steeping time, while darker roasts give an earthier taste. Use filtered water for the best result.


  • Put the coffee in a large, clean glass container. Pour in a gallon of water, taking care to get all of the coffee wet. Give it a good stir after 10 minutes to allow all of the grounds that were floating at the top to sink down to the bottom.
  • Cover the container with something breathable, such as cheesecloth, and let it stand at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours.
  • Set a strainer lined with cheesecloth or a paper filter on top of a clean container (this is the one that will be used to store the coffee) and pour in the coffee mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate the brew for four to five days. The mixture you have made is a concentrate, so when you're ready to drink, pour some of the brew into a cup and add some cold filtered water.
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