How To Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home (10 Recipes + Tips)

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One of the newest coffee trends is cold brew coffee. Its popularity has even given rise to something called the nitro cold brew. But what is cold brew and what did it do to successfully capture the hearts of avid coffee drinkers around the world?

If you haven’t given the cold brew a try, I hope that after reading this guide, your perception about this approach to java will change for the better.

This guide contains proven steps and strategies on how to make your own cold brew coffee at home.

What is Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew coffee, also referred to as cold press coffee, is a beverage that should not be compared to iced coffee.

This type of coffee beverage utilizes a completely different method of extraction. You are not just adding ice to your standard brew here.

This type of coffee drink starts with coarsely ground coffee that is steeped in cold filtered water, hence the name “Cold Brew Coffee.”

The coarsely-ground coffee is steeped for half a day up to 24 hours, depending on the preference of the barista or coffee maker.

What results is a cold brew coffee concentrate that is diluted prior to serving.

Cold brew coffee can be made from scratch or bought as a ready-to-drink product across grocery stores and commercial coffee chains.

Caffeine in Cold Brew Coffee

The Caffeine Content Conundrum: Does Cold Brew Carry More Caffeine Per Cup?

Cold brew has grown into a summer favorite across the globe. But there remains the question of whether or not this type of java carries more caffeine than other coffee drinks.

When steeped for 24 hours, cold brew will have twice the caffeine content found in standard drip coffee.

Given that caffeine is water soluble, the longer the steeping time, the more caffeine will be extracted from ground coffee beans.

Why Drink Cold Brew Coffee?

For most people, coffee is the main staple in their diets. Most individuals drink a coffee regardless of the time of day. Some even drink one cup after the other without fail.

After extensive studies, new information has come to light that hot brews may not be the best option there is.

Aside from having a lower acidity level, there are other benefits to drinking cold brew coffee:

Lower Acidity Level

Coffee is known to contain a significant amount of antioxidants and phytochemicals. It also contains nutrients that benefit the body in so many ways.

But coffee is also known to be a trigger for acid reflux; and for those who regularly suffer from this and related issues, cold brew is said to be the better option.

Unchanged Chemical Process

The temperature of water used in brewing coffee grounds has an effect on the final product.

Using cold water results in a slower process of extraction.

It also allows for a more selective type of extraction wherein the full flavor of the coffee is obtained without the bitter compounds.

Longer Shelf Life & Less Wastage

Most of the time, people end up wasting good coffee because of their limited shelf life.

Hot coffee must be consumed up to 2 hours after it is brewed after which it should be replaced with a new cup. Cold brew can be stored in a fridge for up to two weeks.

Left to stand, it can last for about 6 hours or so. Even if it takes more coffee to make a batch of cold brew, you will discover that none of the goodness goes to waste.

It can boost energy levels

Considering the higher (in most cases) caffeine content, a cup of cold brew coffee can significantly boost your energy throughout the day.

Not only will you be more alert but highly productive as well. With the caffeine able to trigger the firing of neurons in the brain, you will also improve your reaction times and cognitive functions when you drink cold brew coffee.

It can help you burn fat effectively

Black coffee (no sweeteners or creamers) can help you burn fat by boosting your metabolism. As cold brew coffee is often enjoyed plain, its consumption is a great complement to any exercise and diet regimen.

The essential nutrients are not “cooked” away

Brew coffee at high temperatures and its innate nutrient components will be cooked away.

When it comes to cold brew coffee, you get more nutrients such as Riboflavin, Manganese, Potassium, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, and Niacin.

What You’ll Need to Make Cold Brew Coffee?

There are different recipes that you can try out using cold brew or its nitro counterpart.

But before anything else, it is important that you learn how it is to craft the perfect cold brew at home.

Although you can buy ready-made brew in supermarkets or get them from your neighborhood coffee chain, nothing beats fresh homebrew.

Aside from a reliable coffee grinder with a coarse grinding setting, you don’t really need other kinds of equipment to make flavorful cold brew in your home.

How to Make Cold Brew at Home?

French Press Method

  1. There is no need to invest in pricey equipment for cold brew. All you need is a trusty French press. Here is the simplest way to make your own cold brew at home:
  2. There is no need to invest in pricey equipment for cold brew. All you need is a trusty French press. Here is the simplest way to make your own cold brew at home:
  3. Grind up your favorite coffee beans.
  4. Combine it with cold filtered water using a 1:4 ratio of coffee to water and stir.
  5. Make sure that the coffee grounds are fully saturated.
  6. Place the mixture in your French press but put the plunger aside for now.
  7. Cover the French press with some cling film so that it doesn’t absorb any other aromas.
  8. Place it in the refrigerator and steep for 12 to 14 hours.
  9. ​Plunge before serving.

Jar and Filter Method

You can also use a mason jar when prepping your cold brew. With the help of a standard coffee filter, you can ensure a clean and clear drink:

  1. Grind up your favorite coffee beans.
  2. Combine it with cold filtered water using a 1:4 ratio of coffee to water and stir.
  3. Make sure that the coffee grounds are fully saturated.
  4. ​Place the mixture in a mason jar and cover with the lid.
  5. Place it in the refrigerator and steep for 12 to 14 hours.
  6. Let the cold brew pass through two coffee filters before serving.

When it comes to cold brew coffee, time is your friend to be as patient as you can. Let it steep and wait it out during filtration.

Steep your coffee grounds longer and you get that full-bodied coffee flavor. You also extract more caffeine this way. Let gravity do its thing during filtration so you end up with brew sans the sediments.

Common Mistakes to Avoid when Making Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is not to be mistaken for typical iced coffee wherein you simply add ice to a hot cup of java. No. What you have here is a strong coffee that has been made via ultra slow steeping and straining.

The resulting product of which is a dark, intense, and deliciously bitter cup of cold coffee.

But simple as it may seem, there are common mistakes that people make when attempting to craft cold brew coffee at home.

Here are some of the things that you should be mindful of so as not to end up with a disappointing excuse of a cup of cold brew:

  • Do not use your good coffee beans for cold brew. In this case, old beans work just fine.
  • Do not go overboard with the grinding. Finely ground coffee beans will be your downfall.
  • Be careful when it comes to your coffee and water ratio. Get this wrong and you will be in big trouble.
  • Do not fuss over the water’s temperature. Cold brew is not rocket science.
  • Dilute the cold brew concentrate prior to serving. Do not serve concentrate in its purest form.
  • Keep in mind that the concepts of “standing time” and “shelf life” applies to cold brew coffee too.

Cold Brew Coffee Recipes

Traditional Cold Brew (makes 1 serving)

What you need:

  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C cold brew concentrate
  • 2 pumps flavored syrup (or 4 tablespoons of sugar syrup)

Instructions:

  1. Dilute the cold brew concentrate in room temperature water.
  2.  Add ice and enjoy.

Sweetened Cold Brew (makes 1 serving)

What you need:

  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C cold brew concentrate
  • 2 pumps flavored syrup (or 4 tablespoons of sugar syrup)

Instructions:

  1. Dilute the cold brew concentrate in room temperature water.
  2. Add 2 pumps of your favorite flavored syrup or sugar syrup.
  3. Add ice and enjoy.

How to make your own sugar syrup:

To make the sugar syrup, simply melt two tablespoons of white or brown sugar into 4 tablespoons of water.

Spiked Cold Brew (makes 1 serving)

What you need:

  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C cold brew concentrate
  • 1 shot hard liquor (tequila, vodka, whiskey, or gin)
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Dilute the cold brew concentrate in room temperature water.
  2. Add a shot of your favorite liquor.
  3. Add the vanilla extract to enhance the flavor.
  4. Add ice and enjoy.

Gingerbread Cold Brew (makes 6 servings)

What you need:

  • 1/2 C molasses
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 C cold brew (diluted)
  • 1 C half and half cream
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 C sweetened whipped cream

Instructions:

  1. Combine the ginger, cinnamon, molasses, baking soda, and brown sugar in a small mixing bowl. Blend well.
  2. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  3. Dissolve a tablespoon of the spice mix into 1/4 cup of slightly heated cold brew coffee. Leave to cool.
  4. Top up the coffee cups with more cold brew coffee.
  5. Stir in some half and a half to taste.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream.
  7. Dust with powdered cloves.
  8. Add ice and enjoy.

Viennese Cold Brew (makes 1 serving)

What you need:

  • 1 C cold brew coffee (diluted)
  • 3 Tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, blending and dissolving them in 1/4 cup of heated cold brew coffee. Leave to cool.
  2. Mix the flavored coffee blend with the remaining cold brew coffee.
  3. Add ice and enjoy.

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Cold Brew (makes 1 serving)

What you need:

  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C cold brew concentrate 1 Cinnamon stick

Instructions:

  1. Crush the cinnamon stick.
  2. Infuse the cold brew concentrate with the cinnamon for 2 hours.
  3. Strain the concentrate using a fine coffee filter.
  4. Add the water.
  5. Serve over ice and enjoy.

Mock Turkish Coffee (makes 5 servings)

What you need:

  • 1 C cold brew concentrate
  • 1 1/4 C cold milk
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons finely ground coffee
  • 5 Teaspoons white sugar

Instructions:

  1. Combine the cold brew concentrate with the cold milk.
  2. Stir in the finely ground coffee (no need to dissolve).
  3. Add sugar to taste and enjoy.

Mexican Cold Brew (makes 1 serving)

What you need:

  • 3/4 C cold brew (diluted)
  • 1 Fluid ounce coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon whipped cream

Instructions:

  1. Stir in the sugar syrup into the cold brew coffee.
  2. Add a splash of the coffee-flavored liqueur.
  3. Shake with ice and strain.
  4. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy.

Conclusion

Thanks again for reading this long guide!

I hope this guide was able to help you learn all about cold brew.

The next step is to try making your very own cold brew at home. Do not fret for it involves a simple extraction process as mentioned in this guide.

Happy Brewing!

1 thought on “How To Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home (10 Recipes + Tips)”

  1. Oh My Goodness!!! I just made this cold brew coffee and it was amazing!! I didn t really know what to expect (I m not really a big fan of cold coffee and had never tried to make it before) I followed the directions exactly and it was really wonderful. Enjoying a big icy glass right now!! 🙂

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