Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

    Cold Brew Coffee Recipe in a glass with milk

    Like the name implies, cold brew coffee (also known as cold press coffee) is coffee that’s been brewed in cold or room temperature water. Unlike traditional hot coffee, a cold brew recipe doesn’t yield instantaneous results via hot water.

    Instead, cold brew coffee requires a 12 to 24 hour brewing period in which the ground coffee sits in the cold water. This gives cold brew coffee benefits like a deeper flavor and a richer taste compared to regular iced coffee.

    Cold brew coffee recipes are all pretty similar. They typically only vary in the equipment that is used to create the cold coffee. A regular coffee maker can help you create any type of iced coffee recipe, but a cold brew coffee maker will help you achieve a true cold brew coffee.

    If you don’t have a cold brew coffee machine, you can also use a French press or just a mason jar and coffee filter to obtain the cold brew coffee concentrate. We think using a cold brew French press is one of the easiest ways to make cold brew coffee.

    Once you’ve prepared the coffee, feel free to add milk into the cold brew for a creamy touch.


    Cook time: 0 minutes
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Idle time: 12 hours



    1. Add the ground coffee to a French press. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of cold water, then stir together to combine.
    2. Put the French press lid on top to cover, ensuring that the filter basket stays at the top - do not plunge the basket yet. Place the coffee in the fridge or on the counter at room temperature for at least 12 hours.
    3. Plunge the French press filter basket down into the liquid, then pour the coffee concentrate into your serving glass. Add a splash of milk (or more to taste), then stir to blend.

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    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.