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Small Batch Cold Brew Coffee

This small batch cold brew coffee is delicious and so easy to make at home! All you need is a French press and in about 24 hours you can have bold, rich cold brew. I love making my own cold brew at home because it is so much cheaper than store-bought and you can customize it to your liking.

fresh cold brew in a French press

Tools I used for this recipe:

  • French Press – a must for easy cold brew, the French press does the straining for you!
  • Measuring Cups – a high-quality kitchen staple
cold brew pouring out of a carafe into a cup with ice

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Instructions:

  • Add the ground coffee into the carafe of a French press, top with filtered water and stir gently to combine. Place the lid on the French press but don’t press down on the filter. Allow to seep at room temperature for 24 hours or for at least 18 hours.
  • After the coffee has had time to steep, press the filter down slowly to separate the liquid from the grounds. Store in the fridge until ready to use. This will make a cold brew coffee concentrate, you will want to dilute with water or milk. I suggest a ratio of 2:1, 2 parts cold brew to 1 part water. Adjust this to your liking, add in any milk or sugar as desired.

Notes:

**As suggested, this recipe makes a cold brew concentrate. I recommend doing a 2:1 or 3:2 ratio of cold brew to milk/water, adjust as desired. 

**This will keep in the fridge for up to a week. You can store in the French press or transfer to an airtight container or carafe. 

cold brew over ice with milk

Small Batch Cold Brew Coffee

4 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Coffee, Cold brew, Iced Coffee
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Steeping time 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: The Hearty Life
Cost: $
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Equipment:

  • French Press

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 cups Ground coffee of choice
  • 3 cups Filtered water
  • Cream, milk, or sugar as desired

Instructions:

  • Add the ground coffee into the carafe of a French press, top with filtered water and stir gently to combine. Place the lid on the French press but don't press down on the filter. Allow to seep at room temperature for 24 hours or for at least 18 hours.
  • After the coffee has had time to steep, press the filter down slowly to separate the liquid from the grounds. Store in the fridge until ready to use. This will make a cold brew coffee concentrate, you will want to dilute with water or milk. I suggest a ratio of 2:1, 2 parts cold brew to 1 part water. Adjust this to your liking, add in any milk or sugar as desired.

Notes:

**As suggested, this recipe makes a cold brew concentrate. I recommend doing a 2:1 or 3:2 ratio of cold brew to milk/water, adjust as desired. 
**This will keep in the fridge for up to a week. You can store in the French press or transfer to an airtight container or carafe. 

Nutrition:

Serving: 1 serving | Sodium: 9 mg | Calcium: 5 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

fresh cold brew over ice

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