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Easy Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

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  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley & Dino Covelli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 quarts 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


A perfectly brewed, refreshing cup of cold brew coffee is easy to make at home! This DIY guide will save you the time and expense of coffeehouse cold brew.


  • 8 cups cold, filtered water
  • 8 ounces whole coffee beans, preferably light or medium roast


  1. Place water in a large container. Grind your coffee on the coarsest setting you can. On our burr grinder, that's setting #40.
  2. Gently stir the ground coffee into the water to make sure all of it is submerged. Cover the container and let sit at room temperature for 12-18 hours, up to 24 for light roast coffee.
  3. Strain the coffee into and store in a pitcher in the refrigerator.
  4. To serve, fill a glass with ice. Pour in the cold brew coffee and cold water to taste (see notes).


This recipe is easily scaled up or down - you just need 1 cup of water per 1 ounce of coffee beans.

You may need to grind your coffee beans in batches, depending on the size of your grinder and how many beans you're processing.

Each batch of cold brew may vary slightly. Taste it straight and from there determine how much water to add to get the strength to your liking. Generally speaking, we serve a shorter brew with 3/4 coffee and 1/4 water, and a longer brew 1/2 coffee 1/2 water.

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