Disclaimer: I am not a coffee drinker. Try as I might, I just don’t like it (gasp!). I’m a tea only kinda person. My husband however, is a coffee lover, and I created this cold brew recipe just for him. After several trials and a couple modifications, this iced coffee has received his official stamp of approval!
It’s summer and it’s hot! Which means prime time for icy beverages. While I find myself reaching for a chilly booch most afternoons, my husband likes to cool down with a can of cold brew. And at some point, I decided there was absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be making it for him myself!
Here are some reasons why you should make your own cold brew too!
- EASY! Really, it’s so easy it’s not even funny. Like stupid easy. All you have to do is grind the beans (unless you get them ground already) and then just let it be for 12ish hours to soak and that’s it!
- LESS WASTE! No more single use cans, bottles, or plastic to-go cups required to enjoy your cold brew. We store our cold brew in a glass bottle in the fridge.
- YOUR WAY! You can decide if you want it stronger or weaker by playing with the steep time and water:coffee ratio.
Seems like I’ve convinced you since you’re still here for the recipe! But before you get to steeping, here are a couple things that may come in handy when you’re DIY-ing your way to cold coffee heaven. The only required equipment you’ll need is a nut milk bag and a coffee grinder (or not if you buy your coffee already ground). I use and love Ellie’s Best nut milk bag (use code FreshlyDafna for 10% off your order) I use it weekly for homemade batches of nut milk and now use the same bag for cold brews. I also recently invested in a coffee grinder specifically to make cold brew (my husband drinks nespresso pods) and I will likely use it in the future for grinding spices too. As far as ingredients, all you need is coffee and water. I always recommend using filtered water when you’re going to be ingesting the liquid without cooking it. And as for the coffee, make sure you use good quality coffee beans to ensure good flavor! I use Imperfect Produce most weeks and have found good deals on 1 lb bags of coffee beans available from Sightglass and more recently Intelligentsia. If you are curious to try Imperfect Produce, shoot me an email and I’ll hook you up with a $10 off discount code for your first order. (I am not at all sponsored by any of these companies, just sharing what I use and what works for me.)
Homemade Cold Brew
Making your own cold brew is super easy and less wasteful! Treat yourself to a frosty cold glass of iced coffee and pat yourself on the back for saving the planet.
- 1 cup coffee beans coarsely ground
- 4 cups filtered water
If not already, coarse grind the beans. Make sure not to grind too finely, the texture should be like sand.
Place ground coffee into nut milk bag and into 4 cups of filtered water.
Let steep for 12 hours (or a bit longer for stronger brew). Afterwards remove bag from liquid, dispose of coffee grinds, and pour cold brew into container with a lid.
- Make sure not to over-grind the beans. That will make the cold brew bitter.
- For stronger cold brew, steep the beans for longer. You can always taste the cold brew after 12 hours and see if you want to let it sit a bit longer. I don't recommend brewing it for longer than 13 hours.
- Get GOOD quality coffee beans for best flavor!
- White specks on top of the cold brew might form once it's been in the fridge. Don't worry! That's totally normally. These are just coffee oils that have crystallized in the fridge.
If you make this, I’d LOVE to see your creation! Please tag me on Instagram @freshlydafna and use #freshlydafna.