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Save Some Serious Coin with Homemade Cold-Brewed Coffee

Cold-brewed coffee is all the rage and for good reason! It’s light and refreshing, an appealing alternative to hot coffee when the mercury rises. And it’s so darn easy and affordable to make!

Learn to Cook: Cold-Brewed Coffee

Learn to Cook: Cold-Brewed Coffee

7¢ per serving. Makes 2 cups concentrate, about 8 servings.

What Do I Need?

  • 3/4 cup 365 Everyday Value® Glory Days American Roast Ground Coffee (get the coupon online – until the end of June) or other ground coffee*
  • Coffee filter and/or large (34-oz) French press

*It's traditionally made with coarsely ground beans. We like the ease of pre-ground coffee here, but if grinding your own beans, stick to a coarser texture.

OK, Let’s Do this Thing

  1. Place ground coffee in a large bowl or French press and pour over 3 cups of room-temperature drinking water.
  2. Set aside for 10 minutes and then stir gently to combine. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 12 hours.
  3. Line a fine sieve with a coffee filter. Slowly pour coffee through the filter and sieve into a pitcher, discarding the grounds. (If using a French press, slowly press down on the lid to push the grounds to the bottom and then pour coffee through a filter, if you like.)
  4. Use coffee immediately or chill until ready to serve. For each cup, pour 1 part coffee and 1 part water or milk (or nondairy alternative) over ice.

What Else Should I Know?

  • Keep the coffee concentrate in your refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To make a larger batch, use the same 1:4 coffee-to-water ratio.
  • Sweeten with simple syrup (heat 1 part sugar in 1 part water until dissolved, cool and refrigerate up to 2 weeks).
  • For even stronger coffee concentrate, cold brew the coffee for up to 24 hours.

Perk Up Dinner and Dessert

If coffee is your jam, then why wait for morning to enjoy your favorite flavor? Enjoy one of these coffee-inspired recipes.

Lou Lambert’s Coffee-Rubbed Roasted Brisket Cedar-Grilled Flat Iron Steaks with Coffee Rub

Coffee Granita Tiramisu Ice Cream Parfaits

 

6 Tips for Making Coffee Good to the Last Drop…or Ground

Freeze. Coffee cubes don't dilute your iced coffee drinks as they melt, like those made from water. Use ’em for smoothies and shakes too!

Deodorize. Leave a bowl of freshly ground coffee in the fridge for a few days to absorb odors.

Compost. Rich in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and copper, used grounds release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade.

Scrub. For an invigorating body scrub, mix together 5 cup coffee grounds, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and a dash of cinnamon.

Cook. A coffee rub adds something special to grilled chicken, pork or beef. Try our Coffee-Rubbed Roasted Chicken or any of the recipes above.

Store. Contrary to popular belief, coffee grounds and beans should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain their best flavor.

Does coffee put a smile on your face? What’s your favorite brewing method?

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Merna says …

You must mean one cup of water to mix with the grounds to make the concentrate, right? You are calling for 1/4 cup of ground coffee for three cups of water to make a concentrate. The usual brew is two tablespoons of coffee for one cup of water, so 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) would only make two cups of full strength coffee. Later you say to maintain the one to four ratio of coffee to water.

gailllc says …

Can you please clarify the coffee:water ratio? You mention 1:4, but your instructions are 1/4 c. coffee to 3 c. water which is 1:12 and seems like far too little coffee... I love the idea of using my French Press to do this in small batches!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MERNA & @GAIL - Our apologies for the confusion. We have updated the post to reflect 3/4 c. coffee. Thanks for catching that!

WooHashiKiki says …

What a waste of time. If you use a press, you are begging for cancer. Google french press dangers. Why not use hot coffee (less water) and ice cubes. Really, who thinks of these things?

Barbara Beston says …

room temperature in Texas can vary greatly during a day - or is room temperature a specific number or range like between 70 and 80

helene says …

Coffee is perhaps one of my most favorite things on earth. During the week Mr. Coffee wakes ma and provides my incentive jolt of energy to start my day, however the weekend, when there is no carpool work, etc. the french press comes out. There is NOTHING like fresh brewed coffee from the french press. I can even drink it black, that's how good it is. (I'm a little milk only kinda gal- no sugar or sweeteners for me) I am definitley going to try the cold brew for the summer- sounds heavenly to me.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@BARBARA - No specific "room temp" temperature/degree. You can always check the water before hand to make sure it meets whatever the room temp is where you are!

Maria says …

Wouldn't you get a stringer & fuller coffee flavor if you used hot water in the coffee press and then chilled it in the refrigerator?

Another Barbara says …

I brew my own pot of coffee (6 cups), add sugar and Half-and-Half to taste when it is still hot and freshly brewed. Since I drink only one cup a day, I store the rest on a glass jar with a tight lid and refrigerate it. I can drink it hot (with a microwave re-heat) or cold without going through the process of making it so frequently. May not be the way for a perfectionist, but it tastes great to the last drop, and it is a practical way to save time and effort. Just thought I'd share...

rmiggie says …

"Normal" room temperature is 70 degrees F @WOOHASHIKIKI - hot-brewed coffee releases more acid from the bean / ground, and produces a more bitter flavor than a cold-brewed coffee. So, cold-brewing has some benefits: smoother taste, and requires less sugar (in fact, I've even had cold-brewed coffee where I did not add any sugar at all and it was delicious).

Sandi says …

Tried this last night. So easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Cat says …

RE: Body Scrub Does one use 'already-been-brewed' (used) coffee grounds or fresh-ground 'not-previously-brewed' (un-used) coffee grounds for the body scrub? Approx. how much already-ground coffee beans (or not-yet-ground, whole ready-to-grind beans) would one use for the body scrub?; will it stain the skin?; does 'caffeine' or other minerals, etc. pass thru the skin?; would there be any benefit to using coffee in the bath (soaking)? Interesting uses here; I'm looking forward to the upcoming trials!! (experiments)... ... ... Thanks, Cat

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CAT - I would suggest going with used coffee grounds (just save and freeze grounds for a few days until you have 5 cups); you want a nice fine ground. Most of the caffeine will have been extracted in the brewing process.

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