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Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

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This recipe for Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate will have you making batch after batch for the summer months!

There are two kinds of people in the world — those that drink hot coffee and those that drink cold coffee. I like them both, so I fall somewhere in between.

Since my daughter and I are huge fans of cold brew coffee, we decided to create our own Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate.

cold brew concentrate

With this one, you will not ever want another store-bought brand ever.

Making this cold brew coffee concentrate is simple and easy. You only need two ingredients — the best ground coffee you can get and water — that's it! Of course, it helps to know the best coffee beans for cold brew if you are using fresh ground coffee.

How to Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

cold brew concentrate

I don't have any fancy contraptions or jars for doing this. I simply use a big mason jar (like this one from Amazon) and pour my fresh coffee grounds into a jar and top it off with water. Then I let it sit on the counter and steep for 24 hours.

Of course, you can always go with an actual cold brew making kit which works great too.

But first — let's talk about the coffee. You need really good coffee for this to turn out right, so make sure to buy good coffee and not off-brand. 

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Using good coffee ensures you are going to get the taste you are going for. Sometimes off-brand coffee has an extremely bitter flavor. 

The Secret for Cold Brew Coffee 

“Cold brew” really means room temperature, by the way. The first time I tried it, I put my jar of grounds and water into the fridge. Don't do this until you have gotten the right flavor for your concentrate completed.

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Yield: 12 cups

Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

cold brew concentrate

This cold brew coffee concentrate will be your favorite way to make cold brew coffee from here on out.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes


  • 1 pound Ground Coffee (good, Rich Roast)
  • 8 quarts Cold Water.


  1. In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
  2. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.
  3. Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed.
  4. To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 full with coffee liquid. Add a couple of tablespoons of your favorite creamer, half-half or sweetened condensed milk.
  5. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Steve H

Thursday 7th of September 2023

This is absolutely the smoothest coffee I have ever made. I am hooked. It usually lasts me a week. Love it!

Jennifer Sikora

Saturday 9th of September 2023

So glad you loved it. It is my favorite too!

patricia Irine hartley

Monday 25th of January 2021

8 quarts?? that's 2 gallons. who's got room in their fridge for 2 gallons of coffee?? how about if we cut it down to about 1/2 gallon

Jennifer Sikora

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Well, for real coffee drinkers, 1/2 a gallon won't last all that long. A 2-gallon container is really not as big as you think. You can pare the recipe down if you like, but people like me who drink a lot of coffee will want to make this in bulk and not in little tiny batches.

Cynthia Atkinson

Monday 27th of July 2020

I’m your video you state to use one cup of coffee in the 32,ounce Mason jar. But in the printed directions you state to use one pound of coffee, which is much more than one cup. Please confirm which way is right.

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 27th of July 2020

In the video, I am making a small batch. The recipe card is for a large batch. I think I mention that in the post. You can do it either way. With the one-pound bag of coffee, you use 8 quarts of water.

Shelby Parrish

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Im confused on the measurements, can you give the measurements in cups?

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 8th of June 2020

There are no cups measurements in the coffee portion. Just purchase a one-pound bag and you will be fine.


Monday 1st of June 2020

The recipe is super, I tried everything, the taste is unforgettable, very delicate and cooling.

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