Cold-Brewed Coffee

Cold- brewed coffeeThis cold-brewed coffee is something my sister Steph always has in her fridge when I come to visit in the summer.

The last time I was in Calgary I stayed with my mom and she had some in her fridge too! My family (both sides) loves coffee. A lot. And on the strong side please. This cold-brewed coffee does the trick. It’s refreshing in the hot summer when you’re craving some caffeine but not the heat. -bvox

Cold-Brewed Coffee
Source: Steph McVox

The ratio is half a pound of coffee to 5 cups of water (or for a smaller batch, 1/3 cup coffee to 1 1/2 cups water) The following proportions makes enough to keep in a quart jar in your refrigerator.

  • 1 cup of roughly ground coffee
  • 3.5 cups of cold water
  1. Stir together in a bowl or jar, cover and let the mixture steep overnight. It seems there is some debate over whether a 12 hour vs. 24 hour soaking time is best; either way, you have a 12 hour window in between, which allows about as much flexibility as anyone could ask for.
  2. After steeping, strain the sludge; first through a fine-meshed sieve, and then through a coffee filter to get rid of all the grit. (Alternatively, this whole process could take place in a French press; let it sit for as long as you want it to, then press and pour it out.)
  3. Dilute the resulting coffee concentrate 1:1 with hot water from the kettle, or cool water or milk for an iced coffee, or pour it straight over ice and spike with cream.
  4. if you like it sweetened, simple syrup is great to add as the sugar is already dissolved.



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4 thoughts on “Cold-Brewed Coffee

  1. Jessica Kondratoff August 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm Reply

    LOL OMG! I was just thinking this morning about how i wanted to start having cold coffee around! Thanks for the recipe!! Take care, my new adopted cousins!!

    • Shiny Tomato August 9, 2013 at 9:20 am Reply

      We’re all so synchronized!

    • Steph McVox August 15, 2013 at 9:13 am Reply

      Jessica, so nice to see you on Shiny Tomato!

  2. Jane Lees May 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm Reply

    I’ve been a fan of cold brewed coffee for over 20 years. However, I use the Filtron Coffee System (, simply because if I drink coffee, I have to drink a low acid version. The Filtron system is convenient for those who cannot drink their coffee “straight.” The wool pad used when draining the coffee is supposed to aid in lowering the acid in the coffee. Having cold coffee syrup available in the refrigerator is wonderful!

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