The cold brew coffee hype of the past few years is still going strong – no surprise considering how simple it is to prepare and how delicious the result is. We show you how to easily make cold brew at home – as classic cold brew drink, and other, various recipes for experimentation.
Unlike, for example, iced coffee with ice cubes or an Affogato with a scoop of ice cream, cold brew coffee preparation does not require any hot coffee at all. Cold brew is made with cold water, as the name suggests. Compared to coffee that is filtered with hot water, cold brew coffee has less acidity and is also less bitter.
Tips: How to make the perfect cold brew!
- 100% Arabica beans: Cold brew works best with coffee beans intended for filter coffee. Espresso beans would make your cold brew coffee taste too bitter. If you want a more intense coffee taste, you can use more coffee beans when preparing it (and don’t worry if your cold brew has become too strong you can simply dilute it again with more water).
- Coarse grind: We do not recommend buying coffee that has already been ground as it is usually too fine to be used for cold brewing. It’s best to buy whole beans and grind them yourself to make sure the grind level is right. The coffee powder should be the size of coarse sand, similar to making coffee with a French press.
The ground coffee on the left is too coarse, on the right too fine, aim for the grind level you see in the middle.
- Use filtered water: Water that is too soft or too hard can affect the taste of your coffee. We therefore recommend that you use filtered water for your cold brew preparation.
- Don’t let it steep too long: The longer the coffee brews, the better? Wrong. Your cold brew shouldn’t steep for more than 24 hours before you filter it, otherwise there’s a risk of the taste becoming too strong.
- Cold brew maker: You can filter cold brew e.g. with the French press, a hand filter, a Chemex filter or a cold brew maker.
Classic Cold Brew Recipe
- 100 grams of coarsely ground Arabica coffee (e.g. from Jaeger Morris)
- 1 liter (filtered) water
- vessel and filter
- Grind your coffee
- Put the coffee in a container together with 1 liter of water (1:10 ratio of coffee and water) and let the coffee rest at room temperature for 12 hours
- Filter your cold brew coffee and keep it in the fridge for up to 7 days
Variations: as Popsicles, with Tonic, with juice and more
Coffee snobs should stop reading at this point because the next cold brew coffee variations deviate from the classic black filter coffee without milk and sugar.
Not into black coffee? You can easily mix a Cold Brew Latte.
Cold Brew Latte recipe
- 200 ml Cold Brew Coffee
- 100 ml milk of choice
- Ice cubes (tip: freeze coffee in an ice cube form)
- optional: sweetener of choice
The Cold Brew Latte on the picture is served in the Weducer Cup Essential in the color cardamom.
If you prefer fizzy drinks you should try a Cold Brew Tonic.
Fizzy with tonic
200 ml Tonic
100 ml Cold Brew Coffee
1 teaspoon of lemon or orange zest
Mix tonic with cold brew at a ratio of 2:1. Add 1 tsp lemon or orange zest. Optionally serve your Cod Brew with an orange or lemon slice.
The Cold Brew Tonic on the picture is served in the Weducer Cup Refined in the color nutmeg.
A cold brew popsicle is ideal for hot summer days.
Cold Brew Popsicle
- Cold Brew Coffee
- a popsicle form and popsicle sticks
- milk or milk alternative and sweetener of choice
- for a chocolate coating: chocolate and coconut oil
After filtering, pour your cold brew coffee into an ice mold. You can add milk (or a dairy alternative) and sugar before freezing, if you like. Enjoy your caffeinated pospicle.
Optional: Enjoy your cold brew ice cream with a chocolate coating, it’s very simple: melt the chocolate with a little coconut oil and dip your ice cream into the mixture. You can add chopped nuts or sprinkles here. The chocolate coating hardens quickly due to the temperature difference, so your ice cream can be enjoyed shortly after dipping.
Coffee with juice? Sounds strange but it is the perfect summery mix!
Refreshingly fruity with orange juice
- 150 ml Cold Brew Coffee
- 150 ml fresh pressed orange juice
- 1 TL orange zest
Mix your cold brew with the orange juice in a 1:1 ratio. Optionally, you can add a teaspoon of orange zest to give your drink that certain something.
Tip: Not just orange juice goes great with coffee, alternatively try fresh grapefruit juice with your cold brew coffee.
Tired of coffee and bored of iced tea? Cold brew tea is the perfect diversion on a hot summer day.
Cold Brew Tea recipe
- loose tea
- 1 L water
- optional: (tea) ice cubes and fresh citrus slices for garnish
- Mix the loose tea with cold water.
- Let your tea sit at room temperature for 12 to 16 hours.
- Filter your tea and store it in the fridge.
Tip: Freeze the cooled tea in an ice cube mold and serve your cold brew tea together with the tea ice cubes and citrus slices.
The Cold Brew Tea on the picture is served in the Weducer Cup Essential in the color cayenne.
More variations: coconut water and more!
The possible combinations for your Cold Brew enjoyment are almost endless! Here are two more refreshing ideas for your cold brew.
Coconut water, rose water & Co
Instead of using normal water, you can also brew your cold brew in coconut water or diluted rose water and enjoy a particularly aromatic cold brew.
Cold Brew Concentrate