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Cold Brew Coffee

How to make cold brew coffee at home. This easy cold brew coffee recipe makes the perfect glass of iced coffee! You can scale this recipe to make more or less cold brew coffee concentrate. The recipe as written will fit perfectly in a quart size mason jar.
Prep Time10 mins
Steeping Time14 hrs
Total Time14 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1kcal


  • 3/4 cup coffee beans coarsely ground, or ground coffee (about 2 ounces coffee by weight)
  • 3 cups cold water


  • Place ground coffee and water in a quart size mason jar or other container. Stir to combine, or seal the lid and shake gently.
  • Let the mixture steep for 12-18 hours at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a liquid measuring cup or other container. It is easiest if you strain the coffee into something with a pour spout so that you can transfer it to a mason jar for storage. Line the strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.
  • Pour the cold brew through the strainer and let all of the liquid strain through.
  • Store cold brew in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. To serve, dilute the coffee concentrate to your desired strength. I use equal parts coffee concentrate and water. Serve with half and half or milk, as desired.


  • Use filtered water for the best flavor.
  • You can use decaf coffee or make half caf by using half regular coffee and half decaf.
  • Coffee grounds are not good for your garbage disposal, so either discard them in the trash or compost them.


Calories: 1kcal | Sodium: 10mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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