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Easy Overnight Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Cold brew coffee seems to be all the rage these days.  I love to buy it from Starbucks but sometimes when I can’t get to Starbucks I like to just make a mega batch at home!  Here’s how I make easy overnight cold brew coffee! 

This relationship lasted for about 2 months before I realized I was starting to add 2 containers to my cart to get through one week. My consumption totals were beginning to make it a non-thrifty habit.

That’s about the time that I remembered going to a baby shower several years ago where the hostess had made the most amazing iced coffee I had ever tasted and she had made it using a cold brew process.

Truth be told, hot brewing coffee for cold consumption just isn’t the same.  It always seems weak and watered down to me.  After a few months of experimentation, I have mastered my own craft of making the perfect cup of iced coffee and now I’ll share my cold brew process with you!

Best coffee for cold brew supplies
Cold Brew Coffee Flour Sacks

Best Coffee For Cold Brew Supplies:

Easy Iced Coffee FilterStep 1:

Grind your coffee or purchase pre-ground coffee- it’s totally up to you.

Cold Brew Coffee Grind

Step 2:

In my experiments I figured out 3 & 3/4 cups of coffee grounds for one gallon of iced coffee is ideal. Using a scale is much more accurate than a measuring cup. Shoot for 40g (1.4 oz) of grounds.  If you want your coffee to be STRONG go for 4 cups or 42.5g (1.5 oz).

Cold Brew Coffee Measurements

Step 3:

Cold Brew Coffee Ground

I add my grounds to a pliable cup or bowl so I can easily shake the grounds into the opening of my pitcher.  If you are using at large open pitcher this won’t be an issue.

Step 4:

Cold Brew Coffee Grind pour

I add the 3 & 3/4 cups of grounds directly to my empty coffee pitcher.

Step 5:

Add your water.  I’m a tap water person myself, but if you want to be fancy you could use a gallon of spring water or whatever fits your fancy.  Just fill the pitcher all the way to the top.  As in dangerously close to the top.

Cold Brew Water

The coffee grounds do take up some space so if you don’t fill it really well, you’ll end up with more like a half gallon of coffee instead of a gallon.

Step 6:

Cold Brew Coffee Brew

Put the lid on and stick it in your refrigerator for at least 8 hours.  Personally, I make my brew on Friday night before I go to bed and then wrap up the process the next morning.  Then I know it’s had plenty of time to marinate and I have a fresh cup on Saturday morning!

Step 7:

Easy Iced Coffee Filter

After your coffee has had time to cold brew in the water, in your fridge grab a nice BIG bowl and your metal sieve or strainer.  You need to the strainer to be smaller than the diameter of the bowl or your gonna have a mess.

Step 8:

Easy Cold Brew Coffee Flour Sack

Take one of your flour sack towels, open it all the way up and then fold it in half.  Place the flour sack into your strainer and press it down to conform to shape of your strainer.

Step 9:

Cold Brew Coffee Pour

Carefully and slowly begin to pour the coffee from the pitcher into the middle of your towel inside your strainer. Keep the strainer over the bowl to catch the coffee. The towel and strainer combo will catch your coffee grounds.

Step 10:

As you pour, you may need a spoon or fork to scrap the grounds out of the way as they build up inside your strainer.  If they start to clog up the strainer, your coffee will get closer and closer to the top of the strainer while it waits to fall through.  If you scrap the grounds away from the center of your strainer, the liquid should continue to strain into the bowl below.

Cold Brew Coffee Grounds

Step 11:

Cold Brew Coffee
Cold Brew Coffee Final Pour

When you are done, you’ll have this glorious bowl of coffee.  I simply rinse the rest of the grounds out of my coffee pitcher, clean it a little and then use a measuring cup with a spout to pour all the filtered liquid back into my pitcher.

Step 12:

Cold Brew Coffee 1 Gallon

Once your are done, you can go ahead and pour yourself a glass or put it back in the fridge!

That’s how I make my weekly supply of overnight cold brew iced coffee recipe.  I hope that you will enjoy it this spring and summer as much as I do!

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Weekly Supply Cold Brew Iced Coffee Recipe. Super simple recipe for making a whole weeks worth of perfect iced coffee

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14 Comments

  1. You should get a French Press. You wouldn’t have to strain the grounds at all!

  2. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe! I made it last night and I’m getting ready to strain it now. I love me some ice coffe…I don’t love the ice coffee prices 🙂

    1. Cherub it make some tweeking here and there to get it where you like it but this brew is perfect for me and my level of strength! Thanks for letting me know you are trying it out!

  3. Whew- you did all the math for me! I love a glass of dark black coffee- extra ice- in the afternoon. Thanks!

  4. Is this a concentrate…does it need to be watered down or just simple pour over ice and add cream and sweetener if desired

    1. Reina, it really depends on how strong you like it. If it comes out too strong for your taste just add some water. Otherwise I just pour a glass straight from the pitcher and drink it with creamer & ice!

  5. When I make iced coffee, I freeze some of the coffee in ice cube trays and use them instead of regular ice. As the cubes melt, the coffee gets stronger. Yum!

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