The Ultimate Brew Guide – Cold Brew

Cold brew coffee is a beloved summertime favorite known for its smooth and refreshing taste. Unlike traditional hot coffee brewing methods, cold brew is made with cold or room temperature water, resulting in a less acidic and mellow coffee that’s perfect for those hot summer days. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the tips, tricks, and important considerations for crafting the perfect cold brew coffee at home.

What You Need

  1. Coarsely ground coffee beans
  2. Cold or room temperature water
  3. A large glass container or pitcher
  4. A fine-mesh strainer or cold brew filter
  5. A coffee filter or cheesecloth (for straining)
  6. Sealable jars or bottles for storing
  7. Optional: flavorings like vanilla, cinnamon, or spices
  8. Ice and your choice of milk or cream

Coffee Beans: Choose a coffee bean with flavor profiles that you enjoy. Coarsely grind the coffee beans, similar to breadcrumbs, to extract the best flavors. Experiment with naturally flavored coffee beans like Nuts and Bolts (hazelnut) and Slow Your Roll (cinnamon roll).

Water: Use cold or room temperature filtered water for your cold brew. Avoid using hot water, as it can result in a more bitter taste.

Brewing Steps

  1. Measure your coffee grounds. A good starting point is a 1:4 coffee-to-water ratio (e.g., 1 cup of coffee to 4 cups of water).
  2. Combine the coffee grounds and water in a large glass container or pitcher. Stir well to ensure the grounds are evenly saturated.
  3. Cover the container and let it steep at room temperature for 12-24 hours, depending on your taste preferences. Longer steeping times result in a stronger brew.
  4. After steeping, strain the coffee through a fine-mesh strainer, coffee filter, or cheesecloth into a clean container or pitcher. This will remove the coffee grounds.
  5. If your cold brew is too strong for your liking, you can dilute it with water to taste.
  6. Store the cold brew concentrate in sealable jars or bottles in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Serving and Customization

  1. To serve, fill a glass with ice and pour in your cold brew concentrate. Dilute with water or milk, depending on your taste preferences.
  2. Customize your cold brew with sweeteners, flavorings, or spices like vanilla, cinnamon, or simple syrup.
  3. Experiment with various milk or cream options, such as almond milk, coconut milk, or dairy milk.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Experiment with the coffee-to-water ratio and steeping time to find your ideal strength and flavor.
  2. The steeping time can vary depending on your beans, so don’t be afraid to adjust.
  3. Cold brew can be stored for up to two weeks, so consider making a batch to enjoy throughout the week.
  4. If you want to enjoy your cold brew without diluting it with ice, make coffee ice cubes to prevent dilution as they melt.


Cleaning up your cold brew setup is relatively simple. Rinse the container and strainer, and you’re ready for your next batch.

In conclusion, crafting the perfect cold brew coffee requires patience and experimentation. The result is a refreshing and customizable beverage that’s perfect for hot summer days or anytime you crave a smooth and mellow coffee. By following these guidelines and adjusting to your taste, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of cold brew coffee. Enjoy your cool, refreshing creations!

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