Cold Brew Coffee for the Summer

by Joanna

Warmer weather brings colder drinks.  Are you someone that switches from the occasional hot coffee in the winter to the occasional iced coffee in the summer?  I am! 

My local coffee shop has iced coffee that I love for $2.80.  This doesn’t seem like a lot but it can add up over time.  I found this recipe online for making your own and I cannot say enough about how great it turned out!


  • 1 lb coffee
  • 1 gallon water

How simple is that??  Ok, let me offer some additional details.

I used Starbuck’s Kenya blend (Tip: grocery stores carry 12 ounce bags.  You need a full pound.  I got mine at my local Starbucks).  The Kenya blend is a medium blend and supposedly what Starbucks uses in their cold brewed coffee.   If you go to the store, get the whole bean and ask them for a course grind (or French press grind, same thing).

Get a big bowl (glass is recommended), put the coffee in the bowl and then fill the bowl with one gallon of water.  I didn’t have a big enough bowl so I had to split it into two.  Carefully stir so that all of the coffee sinks. Cover with cheesecloth (cheesecloth looks like gauze and you can get it anywhere; I got mine from Target) or something breathable so that nothing falls in, and let the bowl sit out for 12-24 hours.

After 12-24 hours, strain the mixture through cheesecloth into the container you’ll be storing it in (again, try to use glass).  I ladled it out because I was afraid of dumping it all over the floor.  Also, the first time I did this I used coffee filters.  I would not recommend this method.  It took forever because the coffee dripped through rather than flowing through.  

The finished product will keep in the fridge for about a week.  It tastes just like what I get from Starbucks.  Although…. I did not read the last paragraph of the recipe which said that this is a concentrate and that you should add water to your serving before drinking.  Basically, I’ve been drinking straight concentrate  this week.  This explains a lot.  I do add one packet of Splenda, ice and a little 1% milk.  Total calories is around 50.  Can’t go wrong with that!

Give it a try and let me know what you think!


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