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Cold Brew Coffee

Homemade cold brew coffee is a breeze to make and so delicious! It is also a cost effective way to enjoy this warm weather pick-me-up. This recipe is written for a 1-quart container (like a large mason jar) but can be easily increased or decreased to fit your needs. This will yield approximately 2.5 cups of cold brew concentrate when done brewing, which is about 5 servings. Serve cold or warm, with your favorite coffee add-ins!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Inactive Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2.5 Cups


  • 3 oz coarsely ground coffee approximately 3/4 cup
  • 3 cups water cold or room temperature


  • Select container you will use to steep your coffee and determine how many cups of water you can use
  • Coarsely grind coffee beans
  • In your container, combine your coffee and water and stir
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator to brew overnight (approximately 12 hours)*
  • When ready to strain, place a fine mesh strainer fitted with a thin paper coffee filter, cloth napkin, or cheesecloth over a bowl. Pour the brewed coffee through the prepared strainer to remove the grounds from your cold brew concentrate. Make sure to let all of the coffee seep through to the bowl by letting it sit for a few minutes
  • Transfer filtered coffee into a container for storage. Homemade cold brew coffee will keep for up to 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator
  • Serve and enjoy!


*The ratio for coffee-to-water in this recipe is 1oz of coarsely ground coffee to 1 cup water. If you do not have a kitchen scale, 1oz of coarsely ground coffee is approximately 1/4 C.
*Cold brew coffee can be brewed in the refrigerator or on your countertop. I prefer to brew mine in the fridge so it is already cold.
*Brew time is approximate, but you do not want to short it too much (you will end up with weak coffee). 12-18 hours is a good range.
*Cold brew coffee can be served cold (most common) or warm.


Sodium: 14mgCalcium: 9mg
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