Why in the heck did I wait so long to try making my own cold-brew coffee? It is so easy and I swear this do-it-yourself version is way better than coffee shop iced coffee! It’s also waaaaaayyyyyyy cheaper! 😉

Easy (better than Starbucks) homemade cold-brew coffee

As much as I love my hot coffee in the morning; on a hot summer afternoon, iced coffees are my jam. Buuuuuut… for the price, you really don’t get that much. I can drink a grande iced coffee in a matter of about 10 minutes. If you’re like me and you want a “real” large iced coffee for a fraction of the price, you’re in the right place. Keep on reading or scroll down for the recipe….

Easy (better than Starbucks) homemade cold-brew coffee

I’ve read quite a few bloggers’ recipes on how to make cold-brew coffee– they are all pretty similar. You will just need to play around with the amount and water to coffee ratio, that suits your fancy. For example, I’m sure the Pioneer Woman’s cold-brew tastes marvelous, but the measurements are so large. I don’t have room to store that much iced coffee. The post on making cold-brew coffee from Gimme Some Oven is a great visual tutorial, but the coffee would be much too strong for my taste. Davida from The Healthy Maven and Jessica from How Sweet It Is use the same measurements and basically make their cold-brew coffee the same way. Both of the recipes seemed really simple too. They totally talked me into finally trying do-it-yourself cold-brew coffee!

Easy (better than Starbucks) homemade cold-brew coffee

Start off with a tasty dark roast coffee. Combine 1 cup of your dark roast coffee and 5 cups of filtered water or whatever water you normally drink. You can combine the water and coffee in any large container with a lid- a jar, jug or bowl. Allow the coffee/water mixture to brew slowly in the fridge for about 12 hours or overnight. Just so you know… I got kind of lazy and kept this brewing in the fridge for several days, but it was still great.

When you allow the coffee to brew over a long period of time in the fridge, it loses the acidity and bitterness that comes with brewing using hot water. For the next step, you’ll need a separate large container with a lid (I use a large mason jar) and either cheesecloth; which can be found at your grocery store, or a nut-milk bag. I used cheesecloth and doubled it. I’m not sure that doubling it is really necessary, but I’ve had bad luck using it to make almond milk. Doubling it worked perfectly! Now, simply place your cheesecloth or nut-milk bag over the empty container and slowly pour the cold-brewed coffee into the empty container. Be sure to throw your coffee grounds away or, better yet, use them for compost. They are not good for your garbage disposal.

homemade cold-brew coffee- better than Starbucks and way cheaper!

You’ve got your cold-brew and feel free to dress it up however you like!! Pretty simple, huh? I really wish I would have started making my own cold-brew sooner.  The cold-brew will last in your fridge for about a month- believe me, I’ve tried it. For my favorite cold-brew combo, I like to use a 2:1 coffee/milk ratio. I either combine 1/2 cup or 1 cup coffee and 1/4 or 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk with ice and 2-3 Stevia packets (depending on how much coffee I’m making). For best results, drink with a straw. 😉 You can also add fun flavored syrups, creamer, half-n-half or whatever your little heart desires. Don’t wait around, like I did- make this today! After all, summer will be gone before you know it!

Better than coffee shop, do-it-yourself cold-brew!

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Easy Cold-Brew Coffee

Easy, better than coffee shop, do-it-yourself cold-brew coffee. Smooth, sweet and delicious!


  • 1 cup dark roast ground coffee
  • 5 cups filtered water, whatever water you typically drink
  • Optional add-ins: milk, almond milk, half-n-half, creamer, sugar, Stevia, flavored syrup


  • 2 large jugs
  • Cheesecloth or a nut milk bag


  • Combine coffee and water in a large sealable container. Place in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  • Once the 12 hours is up, strain coffee using a cheesecloth or nut-milk bag and a separate large sealable container.
  • Pour cold-brew over ice with desired add-ins. I make my favorite cold-brew using ice, 1 cup coffee and about 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk with three Stevia packets and sometimes with a splash of flavored creamer.
  • Store sealed in the fridge for about a month.


Nutrition is for black coffee only.
Serving: 1cup, Calories: 10kcal, Sodium: 12mg, Calcium: 7mg

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Easy (better than Starbucks) homemade cold-brew coffee

Something to think about….

Are you a cold-brew coffee fan? Have you ever tried making it yourself?

If you are a fan, what’s your favorite add-ins for cold-brew coffee?

Is there anything that you’ve kicked yourself for waiting to try? 🙂

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