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How to make Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate at home. Do you love the smooth taste of cold brew coffee but hate paying $5 bucks a pop at the coffee shop?  Did you know you can easily make cold brew concentrate at home?

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Best Equipment for making Cold Brew Coffee at home.

All you need to make cold brew at home is coffee and water, plus a few basic kitchen gadgets.  Here is what you need to make cold brew:

Coffee Grinder

Although you can get by with a basic blade grinder a burr grinder will allow you to grind your beans to a more uniform coarse texture that makes cold brew so smooth.  This is the grinder we use.  You want to grind your beans to a coarse texture, similar in size to raw sugar or turninado sugar.

Large jar or pitcher

Really you can use whatever you have around the house.  You want a container that can hold at least 2.5 quarts, such as this one, or you can use a food grade storage container like this one.

Fine Mesh Sieve

When you are read to strain your coffee, a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth will do the trick.

Food Scale

It is better to measure your coffee beans by weight rather than volume, as different roasts are lighter or heavier.  The food scale I use is no longer available, but THIS one is very highly rated!

 

How to make Cold Brew Coffee

Now that you have gathered your equipment, it’s time to make cold brew!

  1. Grind coffee to a coarse grind.  Add to a clean jar or pitcher that can hold at least 2 quarts.
  2. Add cold water to the jar.  Stir to thoroughly moisten the coffee grounds.  Cover jar and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
  3.  Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set it over a large measuring cup. Slowly pour the coffee through the strainer. Allow the coffee concentrate to slowly filter.  DO not stir or press the grounds to make it go faster.
  4. Transfer coffee concentrate to a clean jar or pitcher.  Keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  5. When ready to make a cup of cold brew, add equal parts cold brew concentrate and cold water over ice.
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How to make Cold Brew Concentrate

5 from 1 vote
Prep 5 minutes
inactive time 18 hours
Servings 12 servingd

Ingredients 

  • 6 ounces whole coffee beans
  • 6 cups water

Instructions 

  • Grind coffee to a coarse grind.  Add to a clean jar or pitcher that can hold at least 2 quarts.
  • Add cold water to the jar.  Stir to thoroughly moisten the coffee grounds.  Cover jar and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
  • Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set it over a large measuring cup. Slowly pour the coffee through the strainer. Allow the coffee concentrate to slowly filter.  DO not stir or press the grounds to make it go faster.
  • Transfer coffee concentrate to a clean jar or pitcher.  Keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • When ready to make a cup of cold brew, add equal parts cold brew concentrate and cold water over ice.

Notes

Recipe can easily be scaled up or down.  Use the ratio 1 ounce of coffee beans to 1 cup of water.

Nutrition

Serving: 6oz | Sodium: 6mg | Calcium: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
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Hello! I’m Meghan.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe today, and it is just wonderful! I didn’t put quite as much vanilla in it, just because that’s my preference. Made a double batch to share with friends tomorrow at a party and I know they’re going to love it!