Cold Brew Coffee


Use a French press or coarser to make your own cold brew coffee at home for the smoothest cup of java ever.

Cold Brew Coffee
Photo: Adam Albright
Prep Time:
15 mins
Steep Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 pound light roast coffee beans , ground for French press or coarser

  • Milk, for serving (optional)


  1. Combine 1/2 pound coffee grounds with 6 cups cold water in a large pitcher or glass jar. Let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Add remaining coffee grounds and 3 cups cold water, making sure all the grounds are wet. Cover, and let steep, at room temperature for 12 hours or in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

  3. Pass mixture through a fine sieve set over a medium bowl; discard coffee grounds. Line sieve with a standard coffee filter and pass mixture through again; discarding any remaining sediment. Pour coffee concentrate into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

  4. To serve, dilute concentrate with an equal proportion of water or milk.

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