Cold brew coffee is SO EASY to make right at home! With two different methods, you'll get delicious coffee every time! This simple recipe is PERFECT! #coldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #vegan #frenchpress | Mindful Avocado
Learn how to make cold brew coffee at home with this simple recipe! Only requires coffee beans and water. Add plant-based milk for a delicious vegan coffee! #coldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #vegan #frenchpress | Mindful Avocado

Cold Brew may be expensive when made by your barista, but it’s actually so cheap and easy to make from home! Learn 2 different methods on how to make cold brew coffee!

cold brew coffee in mug with almond milk

Have you ever wondered why cold brew is always more expensive than hot coffee? It’s all the same stuff – except one beverage has ice in it.

It’s all about the method. Not saying the method is hard, it just takes more time to make.

Difference between cold brew and iced coffee

Ice coffee is simply hot brewed coffee served over ice.

Cold brew, on the other hand, is steeped for 12-24 hours in cold water. During this slow process, the oils, sugars, and caffeine are extracted, making the coffee less acidic and bitter.

When making cold brew, you are technically left with a cold brew concentrate which means you would add more water to it before serving.

how to make cold brew coffee using a French press or mason jars

How to make cold brew coffee at home

Sure, they sell fancy gadgets to make cold brew coffee, but let’s talk about using what we got! And that’s a French press and a mason jar.

A French press is how I make my hot coffee daily. It is more small batch (which is perfect for me) and I prefer the flavor. But by all means, if this isn’t your coffee making method you don’t need to go out buying one because a mason jar will work just fine.

coffee beans in a coffee grinder

Start by grinding your coffee beans. I buy whole beans and grind them at home with a coffee grinder. They have a fresher flavor and keep longer.

If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you can buy coffee beans in bulk and grind them in the store.

how to make cold brew coffee two different methods - french press and a mason jar

Add coffee beans to vessel of choice (either the coffee press or mason jar) and fill with 3 cups of filtered water.

Let sit for 24 hours in the fridge and that’s it!

pouring cold brew coffee in cheesecloth to make cold brew coffee

Once the cold brew is done steeping, strain the coffee from the coffee grounds. I like using a nut bag or cheesecloth over a fine mesh strainer. Feel free to do this process more than once if you still see some residue in the coffee.

coffee grounds in nut bag - making cold brew

Tips on making strong cold brew coffee

  • Use fine coffee grounds. Finer the grounds, stronger the cold brew.
  • Steep for longer. 24 hours is ideal to make a robust coffee.
  • Don’t add as much water. After 24 hours, you will have a cold brew concentrate ready to go. I suggest adding maybe 2 additional cups of water to that so it is more strong. Add 4 additional cups for a lighter cold brew.

What to do with coffee beans after steeping 

You can compost coffee beans! If you are into composting, coffee beans are great for composting. In fact, Starbucks will give you used coffee grounds for free to add to your own compost.

pouring coffee into mug from mason jar

What is cold brew concentrate

This recipe makes a cold brew concentrate meaning more water needs to be added before drinking. I think the amount of water added all depends on how strong you like your coffee.

A good rule of thumb is to add 2-4 cups to the concentrate once it is strained.

pouring almond milk into mug of cold brew coffee

Best non-dairy milk for cold brew

With infinite options for plant-based milks, what’s the best to use for coffee?

Oat milk has become a super popular option for its creaminess and the way it blends with coffee

Soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk are all great options as well.

I personally opt for oat milk or almond milk!

You can add sugar to your coffee as well to make it sweet (if you choose). I do not like my coffee sweetened, but a liquid sweetener like agave and maple syrup are great alternatives to granulated sugar.

hand holding mug of cold brew with almond milk

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cold brew coffee in mug with almond milk

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee - 2 Ways!

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This recipe is so simple and provides two different methods - using a French press or mason jar! Learn how to make cold brew concentrate at home to enjoy a refreshing beverage every day.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword how to make cold brew in french press, how to make cold brew in mason jar, vegan cold brew coffee
Prep Time 10 minutes
Steeping Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Servings 6 cups coffee
Calories 6kcal
Author Amanda

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup coffee beans
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • plant-based milk oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.
  • sweetener (optional) agave or maple syrup are good options.

Tools:

Instructions

  • Grind coffee beans to desired texture. Fine grounds result in stronger coffee than coaster grounds.

French Press Method:

  • Place coffee grounds in the French press. Fill with 3 cups of filtered water. Put lid on top without pressing.
  • Place in the fridge and let sit for 24 hours.
  • Press French press and pour coffee over a nut bag or cheesecloth over a fine-mesh strainer into a container. Add 2-4 cups of cold filtered water depending on how strong you like your coffee.
  • Pour into a glass with ice. Add plant-based milk if desired.

Mason Jar Method:

  • Place coffee grounds in the mason jar. Fill with 3 cups of filtered water. Put the lid on top.
  • Place in the fridge and let sit for 24 hours.
  • Pour coffee over a nut bag or cheesecloth over a fine-mesh strainer into a container. Add 2-4 cups of cold filtered water depending on how strong you like your coffee.
  • Pour into a glass with ice. Add plant-based milk if desired.

Notes

This recipe was loosley adapted from Cookie + Kate

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Calcium: 60mg
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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home -- This recipe is so simple and provides two different methods - using a French press or mason jar! Learn how to make cold brew concentrate at home to enjoy a refreshing beverage every day! #coldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #vegan #frenchpress | Mindful Avocado
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