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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you looking for a coffee that doesn’t upset your stomach, is cheaper than Starbucks, and tastes fantastic? It’s no wonder that cold brew coffee has become so popular in recent years, as it does all three of these things.

If you’ve already tried a cold brew in a coffee shop, you might be wondering how to make cold brew coffee at home. It is a simple recipe but there are some common pitfalls, which is why we’ve put together these instructions.

Keep reading as we walk you through, step by step, how to make the best cold brew coffee.


First, here are all the items you’ll need to prepare a cold brew. The coffee beans for cold brew are the most important part, it goes without saying. It’s best to buy whole cold brew coffee beans and grind them yourself so that you can ensure you get the right level of coarseness.

Using filtered water makes a huge difference to the end product, and it only needs to be room temperature, not refrigerated.

In addition to whichever creamers and sweeteners you like to use, you’ll also need a cold brew coffee maker. If you can’t get your hands on one, then you can use a mason jar or French press with a cheesecloth as your filter.


Now that you have everything you need, here are the steps you need to take for your DIY cold brew coffee. If you’re grinding your own coffee, adjust it to a medium-coarse setting.

Put your ground coffee into the strainer, then put the strainer into the pitcher, taking care not to spill any grounds into the jug itself.

Pour your water on top of the ground coffee, and cover the pitcher. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator if possible, and leave it for a minimum of 12 hours.

Then, just remove the filter and your cold brew coffee is ready to serve!

Serving Suggestions

After following our cold brew coffee recipe, you have several options for serving it. If you didn’t have space in your refrigerator for the pitcher, you’ll definitely want to serve your coffee with ice.

Otherwise, ice is optional depending on just how cold you want your cold brew. Add some milk or half and half, depending on whether you like your coffee black or white. Oat milk and other dairy-free milk work great with cold brews.

Feel free to add some coffee syrup, vanilla extract, or sweetener to your coffee if that’s how you like it.

For an adult twist on the cold brew, why not turn it into a cold brew martini? Just shake it with vodka and coffee liqueur for the treat you deserve!

That’s How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Now that you know how to make cold brew coffee, you can get brewing! It makes the perfect beverage for whenever you have your friends over, or just to get you through a day of running errands.

For more recipes and lifestyle tips, make sure you check out our other articles!

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my name is Jodi Dangerfield. I am a writer and freelancer. I have written articles for various companies, including this one!

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