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How To: Make Cold Brewed Coffee (A Tutorial)

Save money by making your own iced coffee at home with this recipe for rich cold brewed coffee concentrate.

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The temperature is rising. Sure, it’s happening slowly, but it’s on its way up.

As soon as spring shows signs of warmth, I break out the essential tools to make cold brewed coffee concentrate. And, by “essential tools,” I mean ground coffee, a gallon pitcher, a mesh sieve, and some paper towels. All things you probably have laying around the house.

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Cold brewed coffee concentrate is just about the easiest recipe you’ll ever make. And, you’ll be glad you did, because it will save you a ton of money. I braved up and calculated how much money I spent in one week for coffee at my local coffee house: thirty dollars. Yikes!

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I’m what you would call a coffee junkie. I can easily take down 2-3 cups a day if I’m not careful. It’s hard to resist the rich, dark lure of a properly brewed cup of fresh coffee.

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I’m less than functional without my morning juice. Picture a blob on the couch, eyes half opened and mouth agape–that’s me without my coffee. It’s not pretty.

I prefer my coffee strong over ice with extra cream. Here’s how I make my cold brewed coffee:

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Pour 2 1/2 cups of freshly ground coffee into a gallon pitcher. I prefer a dark, full-bodied roast.

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Fill your pitcher with cold water. Cover and allow the coffee to rest at room-temperature for 12 hours. I usually make my coffee the night before so I can strain it the next morning.

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Place a mesh sieve over a large bowl. Line the sieve with a double layer of paper towels. I prefer Scott Towels because they’re durable. They stay strong and don’t fall apart during the straining process, and I only have to strain the coffee once as oppose to twice.

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Strain the coffee through the paper towel lined sieve.

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After you strain your coffee, store the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill. One pitcher makes enough coffee to last me an entire week.

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When I work from home, my morning routine consists of one glass of iced coffee and a FaceTime session with my grandparents. After that, I’m ready to party hard in the kitchen.

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When I have to go into the office, I fill my gigantic to-go cup to the brim and pray that one cup will get me through the day.

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Squirrel uses my coffee weakness against me. Every morning he insists on teasing me before I’ve had my coffee. I often think about kicking him in the shin.

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This picture says it all. I have a cabinet dedicated to coffee essentials. My favorite flavor combo is the Almond Joy: two pumps of coconut syrup, two pumps of almond syrup, a hefty squirt of chocolate syrup, and extra cream.

Cold Brewed Coffee Concentrate

Yield: 1 Gallon

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 12 hours


2 1/2 cups ground coffee



Add ground coffee to a one-gallon pitcher.

Fill the pitcher with water. Stir to combine and place the lid on the pitcher.

Allow the coffee to rest at room-temperature for at least 12 hours.

Place a mesh sieve on top of a large bowl. Line the sieve with a double layer of paper towels. Strain the coffee.

Pour the strained coffee into a clean pitcher. Top off the pitcher with water and stir. Place the lid on the pitcher and refrigerate.

Pour coffee over ice and add your favorite coffee additions.

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33 Responses to “How To: Make Cold Brewed Coffee (A Tutorial)”

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — April 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    This is crazy – I was just thinking this morning how I wanted cold coffee but didn’t know how. And I also thought no one would understand how naive I was in the coffee world – and then you post a tutorial for me! I cannot wait to try this Jennie!


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Mary Frances, you’re going to love this coffee. It’s super bold and rich. I love playing around with coffee flavors. I promise, the process is simple.


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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Fabulous! Chilled coffee at the ready for an entire week…for all sorts of coffee drinks during the spring and summer. You are a genius! Thanks for sharing, Jennie! Pinning (of course)!


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Thanks, Stacy. All I have to do is add my coffee additions and stir. It fits easily in to my busy routine. Thanks for pinning.


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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — April 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve never seen coffee made this way! So interesting. I’ve got to try it at home, and those picture are so beautiful. Who knew coffee making could look like art??!


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:08 am

      HI Nicole! I take my coffee making extremely seriously :) I’m a coffee junkie. Without it, I would be sad and lonely. Definitely give it a try. I have no doubt you’ll have a coffee addiciton after the first sip.


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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — April 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    My husband knows to be quiet in the morning pre-coffee; I don’t envy you the teasing!

    This coffee looks fabulous. Lots of cream! To make ice coffee I just brew regular hot coffee and then stick it in the fridge! Clearly I have been doing it wrong all these years!!!


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:07 am

      My husband could learn a thing or two from your hubby. You’re not doing it wrong. I used to make my iced coffee that way a few years ago. Cold breweing your coffee yields a richer, smoother coffee. It’s amazing. Thanks, Lindsey!


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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — April 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Girl, shut the front door. I love iced coffee so much but you know how much it costs. I have a feeling I’m going to be making this all summer long! I’m obsessed with your gorgeous pitcher too. I love it!


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Thanks, Nancy. Girl, if you make this, you’re going to save some dolla bills. I mean, a lot of dough. Plus, this tastes way than any other iced coffee I’ve ever had. The pitcher was my great grandmother’s.


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    Baker Bettie — April 22, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Jennie, you are so smart! I made cold brew once but couldn’t get it strained very well. It never even crossed my mind to use paper towels. I’m making a batch tonight!


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Aww, thanks! The paper towels work great. I used to use cheesecloth, but too many grounds escaped into my coffee. Plus, they’re cheaper.


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    Choc Chip Uru — April 22, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Is this similar to iced coffee? But it looks absolutely delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Uru,

      It’s very similiar to iced coffee. I cold brew it as opposed to brewing it in the coffee pot to create a richer, smoother coffee. I refrigerate it so it’s at the ready. Thanks!


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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — April 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Chilled coffee at the ready when you want it! Woohoo! Thanks for sharing your How-To Jennie! Pinned!


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      I agree, Sommer. Woo hoo! Thanks!


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    Julia — April 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

    YES! I’ve needed this tutorial forever! I’m a coffee drinker to the max and now that it’s warming up, I’ll be needing to put my drink o’ choice on ice. Thanks for the wonderful how-to!


    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks, Julia. Your drink of choice is going to taste so good over ice.


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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    You get me! We are coffee soul sisters!!! ;) This is exactly how I take my coffee. It’s embarrassing when I order iced coffee at most cafes because even though I ask them to leave room for cream I still have to dump some iced coffee out to make room for more. And can I just say that these images are gorgeous?! I wanted to on every one!


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    Beth — April 23, 2014 at 2:39 am

    I am so excited to try this! I love cold brew! Just a few questions-
    How fine or coarse is your grind?
    Is there a benefit to using paper towels to strain instead of a regular coffee filter?


    • Jennie replied April 23rd, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Hi Beth! I used a fine ground coffee in this recipe. I’ve tried both fine and medium ground for this recipe, and there’s not much of a difference. Feel free to use either ground. I’ve tried using a coffee filter once, but since I make so much coffee at one time, I found that it was too small. If you’re brewing a small batch, you can try it. It won’t change the flavor or outcome of your coffee. Happy coffee making! Let me know how you like it.


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    Kelly — April 23, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Holy cow, this tutorial is awesome Jennie! I love iced coffee and making a big batch for a week sounds like a fabulous idea! Your favorite flavor combo sounds out of this world too – almond joy everything makes my heart sing :)


    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Thank you so much, Kelly!


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    This such a cool tutorial, Jennie!

    Haha, get it? Cool? I crack myself up.

    I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but I don’t mind a sweet iced coffee when the weather gets hot. And I did happen to stock up on a lot of clearance flavoring syrups…


    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:50 am

      You crack me up, Kim! I think your syrups need some coffee :)


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    Diann — April 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Sounds soooo yummy!! Can you please tell me where you get your flavors? I LOVE my almond joy iced coffees!! Ty


    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Hi Diann! Thanks for stopping by. I purchased my syrups from DaVinci. They have endless flavors and fast shipping.


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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    What a great idea! I’m so making this this summer!


    • Jennie replied May 1st, 2014 at 10:25 am

      You’re going to be glad you did, Dorothy. Thanks!


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    shannon — May 1, 2014 at 10:16 am

    iced coffee = requirement for summer, or at least if i want to get through the day. and now i can make it myself instead of hiking it to the coffee shop. hooray! :)


    • Jennie replied May 1st, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Agreed! It’s too dang hot in the summer to drink a steaming cup o’ joe. Saving money is always fun. Thanks, Shannon!


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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — May 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I’m pretty sure I need a few of these pitchers in my fridge when the temperature finally gets hot here! Awesome tutorial on how to make it too!!!! It looks delish!


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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — May 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    1.) I love cold-brew and have decided that this will be the summer I finally try it at home. So thanks so much for this tutorial.

    2.) Random question – but what do you use for your black blackground, and any camera/post tricks for getting it to show up so dark black? Right now, I use a piece of black construction paper, but I can never get it to show up pure black like this.


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