How to Cold Brew Coffee | #coffee #coldbrew

How to Cold Brew Coffee

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It’s really only been in the last year that I’ve been a coffee drinker, while Aaron has been coffee-obsessed since the day we met way back in high school. He once told me that when he was studying design in college and sleeping four hours a night (because RISD was no joke), he was drinking something like eight to ten cups of coffee a day! Insanity.

It’s true what they say about your partner’s habits rubbing off on you though, because in the time we’ve known each other his coffee consumption has slowly been dropping while mine has even more slowly been rising. We’re now at a point where we agree (finally!) that we like coffee for the flavor and the ritual, but we don’t want to need it to feel human.

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Our current routine involves coffee on Saturday and Sunday mornings, always one cup for me, and one or two cups for Aaron. It’s become a relaxed weekend morning indulgence and since it’s a treat, the coffee has to be good. We buy a dark roast espresso blend, we store the beans in the freezer for freshness, and we grind them right before we use them (and then I inhale deeply because isn’t that smell just the best?!).

Wanting to see what all of the fuss was about over cold brew coffee, I set out to learn how to perfect it. I made a quick stop at Target to pick up ingredients (where I swore I would stick to my list but of course went to town buying 2 for $10 t-shirts and five other things I deemed must-haves), and then I got to work figuring out this whole cold brew coffee thing. Spoiler: it’s super easy!

How to Cold Brew Coffee | #coffee #coldbrew

What You’ll Need:

  1. two, 1-quart mason jars
  2. fine mesh sieve (I used a nut milk bag)
  3. wide-mouthed funnel (optional, but helpful)
  4. your favorite coffee beans
  5. cold water, preferably filtered
  6. non-dairy creamer / sweetener (we’ve been enjoying the So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Creamer)

What You’ll Love About Making Cold Brew Coffee:

  • No bitterness (something that kept me from drinking other coffee all these years)
  • Extremely smooth
  • Much cheaper than buying pre-made cold brew (seriously, why is cold brew coffee so expensive?)
  • It takes 5 minutes of prep work to make a big batch that stays good all week

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods and So Delicious Dairy Free. The opinions and text are all mine.


How to Cold Brew Coffee

How to Cold Brew Coffee | #coffee #coldbrew

How to Cold Brew Coffee

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: about 6 cups of coffee

Prep Time: 8 hours

Homemade cold brew coffee that's easy, fast, and affordable! All you need is a mason jar, a sieve, and 5 minutes to prep it. This cold brew is smooth with no bitterness!

How to Cold Brew Coffee | #coffee #coldbrew

How to Cold Brew Coffee



For the cold brew coffee:

  • 3/4 cup coffee, medium-course grind
  • 6 cups cold water, divided in half

For serving:

  • ice cubes
  • So Delicious Dairy Free Original Coconut Milk Creamer
  • sweetener, if desired

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: about 6 cups of coffee

Prep Time: 8 hours

Homemade cold brew coffee that's easy, fast, and affordable! All you need is a mason jar, a sieve, and 5 minutes to prep it. This cold brew is smooth with no bitterness!


  • In a mason jar, stir together the ground coffee and 3 cups of cold water. Put a lid on the jar and let it sit at room temperature for 8-12 hours or overnight.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. (Doing this over a wide-mouthed funnel into your jar makes this a lot easier.) If you prefer to remove all of the silt, you can strain it a second time, but I personally don't find this step necessary.
  • Divide the coffee concentrate between the two mason jars, then add 1½ cups cold water to each (use less water if you prefer a stronger coffee or plan to add a lot of ice).
  • To serve: Add a handful of ice to a glass, fill with the prepared coffee, and add non-dairy creamer and/or sweetener to taste. Leftover cold brew coffee can be stored in the fridge to be used throughout the week.

Notes [3]

If possible, opt for organic and fair-trade coffee, both for your own benefit and the benefit of the farmers.

For best flavor, store your coffee beans in the freezer and grind them fresh just before you make your cold brew.

To avoid watered down iced coffee, you can freeze some of the coffee in ice cube trays!

Copyright © 2021 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Mary says

    Yes to cold brew! I’ve been buying mine but you’re right that it’s way to expensive. I can’t wait to try your recipe ASAP! <3

  2. Brad says

    You can put your coffee grounds and water in a French Press and don’t push the plunger down. Put it in the fridge for 8-12 hours then take it out, push the plunger down and pour it into your drinking receptacle of choice. Then add your creamer (non-dairy or otherwise) and sweetener to taste.

    1. Thanks for mentioning another cold brew method, Brad! We don’t own a French Press (because I’ve broken at least 3…oops!), but this seems like a really simple, no-fuss way to enjoy cold brew at home!

  3. Kris says

    I can relate to Aaron with drinking too much coffee. Just curious – how did he cut back? I’m embarrassed to write this but I’m a 5-6 cup a day person. I know! So bad. I’d love to know what worked for him. Thank you for the recipe. You will at least save me some money on my addiction. lol

    1. Aaron cut back verrrry slowly. Once art school was over, it was mostly a habit since he was able to sleep more. For him it’s more that he needs the ritual of a beverage when he works, so he’s swapped coffee for herbal teas and things like Dandy Blend and Teeccino (the latter in the Vanilla Nut flavor is a current favorite for both of us!). Something else Aaron noticed was that he was using coffee as an unintentional replacement for food (ie he’s hungry, not in need of a caffeine boost).

  4. I love this method Amanda! Totally brilliant girl. And I hear you on adapting each other’s habits, I brought Scott into the coffee world – and I was the design student drinking 8 – 10 cups a day in college too 😉 the need for it there was SO REAL. Thankfully down to normal doses now, I will have to give this method a whirl! Hope you two are doing so well friend! xo

    1. I just cannot even imagine what 8-10 cups of coffee a day would do to me…2 cups is too much! But I bet you develop a tolerance. Something about design school and squeezing every ounce of creativity must require loads of caffeine. 😉 P.S. I’ve so enjoyed seeing your photos from your recent camping adventure, Jessie! You and Scott hit up some of the most beautiful parts of the country and have me craving another drive along the California coast STAT. Even this non-camper is curious about beach camping… xo

  5. I was JUST telling my husband that I’m going to miss cold brew coffee – it’s SO good here in the PNW! I’ll have to try this when we get back to Boston.

    1. Isn’t all food so good in the PNW?! 😉 We ate really well when we visited Seattle and especially Portland. There seems to be much more of a respect for quality of ingredients and craftsmanship. Stock up on your favorite coffee beans and definitely give homemade cold brew a try when you’re back east!


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