The Official Cold Coffee Guide to Delicious Cold Brew

We're to going to break down cold brew into simple steps so that you can use to craft the most delicious cold brew and iced coffee at home, without paying the high prices of retail coffee shops.

The Official Cold Coffee Guide to Delicious Cold Brew

We believe cold brew should be easy and shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg at a hipster coffee shop. There’s nothing wrong with splurging, but if you’re like the most of us, it isn’t practical to enjoy everyday.  That’s why we created the cold brew guide to help you make cold brew at home!

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Ingredients

  • (1x) or more Cold Coffee Bags
  • Mason jar or pitcher
  • Filtered water
  • Time (12-24hrs)

Directions: Using Cold Coffee Bags

  1. Insert (1x) Cold Brew Bag into 16oz. of water (mason jars work well).
    For best results, submerge bag to insure grounds are fully wet. Steep on the counter or in the fridge.
  2. Wait 12-24hrs. Don’t rush it, but don’t forget about it. For a bolder flavor, allow the
    Cold Brew Bag to steep longer (16+hrs). (Note: steeping in the fridge is recommended, but may require more time for a stronger taste).
  3. Remove the Cold Brew Bag and pour over 1 cup of ice. Add milk and sugar to taste. Feel free to dilute with water if you prefer, until it’s just the way you like it.
  4. Pour over ice. Add milk and sugar to taste and enjoy!

Ready-to-Drink Cold Brew

Ingredients

  • 12oz of Whole coffee beans (roast profile of your choice)
  • Conical burr (or blade) coffee grinder
  • Kitchen scale
  • Brew bag, cold brew sock, cheese cloth, or super fine mesh filter
  • Mason jar or pitcher
  • Filtered water
  • Time (12-24hrs)

Directions: Ready-to-Drink Concentration

  1. Determine how much cold brew you want to make. For every add 1oz of coffee for every 10oz of water (10:1 ratio) to the mason jar or pitcher. We find this ratio works well for brewing ready-to-drink coffee that isn’t watery, but isn’t overly concentrated. For higher caffeine content and a bolder flavor, increase the amount of coffee to 1oz for every 8oz of water.
  2. Grind the beans using a conical burr grinder on the coarsest setting possible.  On the Encore Baratza, for example, use #40 (the coarsest setting).
  3. Place the coarsely ground coffee into the brew bag, coffee sock, or directly into the water.
  4. Stir to make sure all of the grounds are wet (whether in a brew bag or lose in the water).
  5. Let the cold brew steep for 12-24 hours in the fridge (or on the counter).  The longer the cold brew steeps, the more flavor that will be extracted.  We find that peak cold brew occurs between 14-18 hours.  Anything beyond 24 hours and the cold brew can become over extracted (bitter).  
  6. Remove the brew bag or coffee sock.  If you mixed the cold brew directly into the water, pour it out over a very fine mesh filter. You can also experiment with pouring the coffee through a normal coffee filter to help reduce the amount of particulate matter in your final cold brew coffee.
  7. Pour over ice. Add milk and sugar to taste and enjoy!

Concentrated Cold Brew

Ingredients

  • 12oz of Whole coffee beans (roast profile of your choice)
  • Conical burr (or blade) coffee grinder
  • Kitchen scale
  • Brew bag, cold brew sock, cheese cloth, or super fine mesh filter
  • Mason jar or pitcher
  • Filtered water
  • Time (12-24hrs)

Directions: Ready-to-Drink Concentration

  1. Determine how much cold brew you want to make. For every add 1oz of coffee for every 4oz of water (4:1 ratio) to the mason jar or pitcher. This ratio creates a bold concentrate that is later dilute at a 1:1 ratio with water.
  2. Grind the beans using a conical burr grinder on the coarsest setting possible.  On the Encore Baratza, for example, use #40 (the coarsest setting).
  3. Place the coarsely ground coffee into the brew bag, coffee sock, or directly into the water.
  4. Stir to make sure all of the grounds are wet (whether in a brew bag or lose in the water).
  5. Let the cold brew steep for 12-24 hours in the fridge (or on the counter).  The longer the cold brew steeps, the more flavor that will be extracted.  We find that peak cold brew occurs between 14-18 hours.  Anything beyond 24 hours and the cold brew can become over extracted (bitter).  
  6. Remove the brew bag or coffee sock.  If you mixed the cold brew directly into the water, pour it out over a very fine mesh filter. You can also experiment with pouring the coffee through a normal coffee filter to help reduce the amount of particulate matter in your final cold brew coffee.
  7. Pour the finished concentrate over ice, leaving room for water. Add water at a ratio of one part concentrate to one part water (1:1 cold brew concentrate to water ratio).Add milk and sugar to taste and enjoy!

We hope this guide helps you along your cold brew coffee journey! If you have any comments, questions, feedback, or need any help dialing in your exact cold brew recipe, feel free to reach out to use at hello@coldcoffees.co.