Skip spending up to $6 at the coffee shop and make this rich and creamy homemade Cold Brew Coffee Recipe from the comfort of home! All you need is water and coffee beans to get the ultimate flavorful cold brew.

A glass of cold brew coffee with ice and creamer.

If you are a coffee fan, you’ll need to try our other copycat recipes like the Iced Caramel Latte and Iced Coffee – so easy to make at home.

COLD BREW COFFEE-

You will not believe how easy it is to make cold brew coffee yourself at home! All you need to do is combine ground coffee beans with water and allow it to steep. I love making a large batch of cold brew and keeping it in the fridge and enjoy it all week long, so good!

WHAT IS COLD BREW COFFEE? Cold brew coffee is coffee made by steeping ground coffee in room temperature water for several hours and then refrigerated. Cold-brew coffee gives you a stronger and more flavorful coffee.

Cold brew coffee in a jar next to coffee grounds.

WHAT COFFEE BEANS DO I USE?

You can use any of your favorite coffee beans that are coarsely ground. We like to buy whole bean coffee and then grind it ourselves with our coffee grinder. Here are some of our favorite coffee beans we like to use:

Two different methods of brewing cold brew coffee in a collage.

HOW TO MAKE COLD BREW COFFEE-

The BEST part about making cold brew is that it doesn’t matter the amount you are making, as long as you follow the cold brew ratio!

  1. In a large mason jar or coffee french press, add the ground coffee, and then pour in the water and stir.
  2. Transfer to the fridge and allow to steep for 16-18 hours!
  3. Pour the brewed coffee through a thin strainer or cheesecloth, to avoid the beans from going through.
  4. Discard the beans and pour the coffee into a clean pitcher or jar.
  5. Store the coffee in the refrigerator. When ready to serve pour over ice and serve with milk and desired sweetener.
  6. Enjoy, friends!

COLD BREW RATIO– To achieve the perfect batch of cold brew coffee just be sure to always follow the ratio, 1:4. For every one cup of water, you want to use 1/4 cup of ground coffee.

COLD BREW VARIATIONS-

Not only can you flavor when serving the cold brew, but you can also actually flavor the entire batch of cold brew coffee for the ultimate flavors! Here are some ways to flavor your cold brew:

  • Cinnamon Coffee– Add a cinnamon stick along with the coffee beans and allow it to steep together for a spicy cinnamon-flavored cold brew.
  • Vanilla Cold Brew– You can add a vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste to the mixture and allow it to steep together.
Cold brew coffee in a glass over ice with creamer being poured into the glass.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS- 

How long should I steep the cold brew coffee?

Steeping time does not have to be a certain time, you want to steep for at least 16-18 hours. But you can steep for up to 24 hours!

What milk do I use when serving?

When serving you can use either whole milk, coffee creamer of your choice, heavy cream, or dairy-free creamer.

Can I flavor my cold brew when serving?

Yes! We love using Torani Syrups (V) to flavor our cold brew when serving! You can also use the simple syrup for this recipe.

How to store homemade cold brew coffee?

You want to keep the cold brew in the fridge during and after steeping.

How long will cold brew last?

You can store the cold brew in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks.

Can I use decaf coffee beans?

Yes, you can use decaf coffee beans!

What if I don’t like strong coffee?

To make the cold brew less strong you can serve it with some extra water.

Iced coffee in glass with ice next to pitcher of cold brew and coffee beans.

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Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

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Skip spending up to $6 at the coffee shop and make this rich and creamy homemade Cold Brew Coffee Recipe from the comfort of home! All you need is water and coffee beans to get the ultimate flavorful cold brew.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Steep Time: 18 hours
Total Time: 18 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup ground coffee beans

Instructions

  • In a mason jar or coffee press, add the ground coffee and then pour in the water and stir.
  • Transfer to the fridge and allow to steep 16-18 hours!
  • Pour the brewed coffee through a thin strainer or cheesecloth, to avoid the beans from going through.
  • Discard the beans and pour the coffee into a clean pitcher or jar.
  • Store the coffee in the refrigerator. When ready to serve pour over ice and serve with milk and desired sweetener.

Notes

COLD BREW RATIO– To achieve the perfect batch of cold brew coffee just be sure to always follow the ratio, 1:4. For every 1 cup of water, you want to use 1/4 cup of ground coffee.

Nutrition

Sodium: 24mgCalcium: 14mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)