Cold Brew Coffee

I’m not sure where you’re reading this from, but it’s about as hot as the seventh layer of hell in Oregon right now and the last thing I want on a 97* day is hot coffee. Surviving without coffee however, is hardly an option. The choices here are limited: my beloved Stumptown Cold Brew is close to $4 a pop, Starbucks is not a company I choose to support, and day-old coffee out of the refrigerator is… meh. So what’s a caffeine-deprived girl to do!? Set up some homemade cold brew.

I’m not usually one to go into all the cheesy descriptive words with my food, but there is something so satisfying about cold brew coffee that your regular iced coffee just doesn’t quite hit. It’s concentrated, but not bitter, and has the creamy sweetness you might find in a really high quality piece of dark chocolate. Drink slowly and appreciate every sip, ’cause that mouthfeel is addicting! Thankfully, this is super easy to make.

You will need: 
1 large glass pitcher
1 large glass bowl or second pitcher
1 fine mesh strainer (small)
plastic wrap
soup ladle (small)

8-9 ounces ground coffee (by weight, not volume)
7 cups cold water

To a large glass bowl or pitcher, add eight ounces ground coffee of your choice (use nine ounces if you like, but it’s a little too bitter for me). Cover with seven cups cold water and stir until all grounds are soaked. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a shaded area at room temperature for 12 up to 24 hours – I usually let it go for the whole 24.


Set up a second pitcher with a fine mesh strainer over the opening, you can use a coffee filter in addition to the strainer if you have the patience, but I do not. Using a small ladle (or pour spout from pitcher), transer the coffee concentrate into the pitcher. Don’t be afraid of the grounds, they’re holding onto some good stuff and that’s what the strainer is for!

Cover with lid and refrigerate for up to one week.

Serve with unsweetened vanilla almond milk or dairy-substitute of choice. Remember that this is a coffee concentrate so you do need to break it up with something else, luckily this means that ice cubes will smooth out your beverage rather than watering it down.


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  1. Lindsay

    This sounds like a really easy way to start a morning, awesome.


  2. yclay

    This would be great with vanilla ice cream!


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