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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Steeping Time: 12 hrs
Serves 4
Learn how to make cold brew at home! I like making a big batch at once and storing it in the fridge for quick, easy cups of coffee throughout the week.


  • cups fresh coarsely ground coffee*
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • Milk or plant milk, optional, for serving


  • Place the ground coffee in a 28-ounce mason jar, or similar. Add the water, then stir. Cover and set aside for 12 to 24 hours at room temperature.
  • Spread a piece of cheesecloth in a fine mesh strainer and place it over a large bowl. Pour the coffee into the bowl to strain it. Store the strained coffee in the fridge.
  • When ready to serve, pour over ice and add milk, if desired.
  • If the coffee is stronger than you'd like, dilute it with water or additional milk, as desired.


*Freshly ground coffee is best for cold brew. Pre-ground coffee will have a staler taste.