Easy DIY cold brew

It’s officially spring, which means it’s officially cold brew season! I admire you champions who can drink cold brew year round, but that just isn’t me. As soon as the temperatures warm up, though, I’m all in. Which is why I decided to experiment with making my own cold brew concentrate instead of shelling out $4 at a fancy coffee shop (which, actually, I still do sometimes because ya gotta live your life).

This stuff is super easy, super tasty, and super inexpensive. I think I spent about $7 on the coffee and coffee filters, and I still have plenty of grounds left over for another batch. Woohoo!


Cold Brew Concentrate

Here’s what you need:

2 cups ground coffee or espresso
10 cups cold water
Large pitcher
Coffee filters (I probably used ~10 total)
Mesh strainer
Large bowl


1. In the big pitcher, mix together coffee grounds and water.
2. Let sit in fridge for 24ish hours.
3. Using the strainer and as many coffee filters as you need (they get kind of gunked up as you go), strain the grounds from the pitcher into the bowl.
4. Rinse out the pitcher and use it to store the concentrate for optimal pourability. 🙂
5. Dilute as desired, and enjoy!


A few notes:
-This will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
-Since it is technically a concentrate, it’s going to be crazy strong if you don’t dilute it, especially if you use espresso grounds like I did. I’ve been doing a mixture of 1/2 concentrate, 1/4 water, and 1/4 cream. Play around and find what you like best, though!
-This is also great warmed up in the microwave if you want hot coffee but don’t have time to brew it.

And finally, for those of you who are visual learners…

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Let me know if you try it!

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