Brew Guide for Cold Brew

Making cold brew at home is easy and fun! Here are tips from Index Coffee to help you get started, using a one quart French press. This recipe will make approx. 1/2 quart of cold brew concentrate, yielding approx. 1-1/2 quarts of ready-to-drink cold brew.

  1. Grind 4.0 ounces of coffee coarsely. This should be the coarsest setting on your burr grinder. (If using a blade grinder, grind in pulses until coffee particles are roughly the size of ground black pepper.
  2. Place coffee grounds in a one-quart French press.
  3. Add 650 ml water to the grounds, making sure all grounds have been wet. Do not stir (yet).
  4. Let coffee sit for 5-7 minutes, then lightly stir grounds.
  5. Place the lid on top of the French press, but do not press down.
  6. Place French press in refrigerator for 24 hours. Feel free to experiment with time, based on your desired results.
  7. After 24 hours, press the plunger down and pour off the coffee. For best results, pour through a fine mesh filter or paper coffee filter to remove most of the finest grounds.
  8. You now have cold brew concentrate, which will keep for two weeks stored in the refrigerator.
  9. Add one part cold brew concentrate to two parts water to make ready-to-drink cold brew. Serve with ice and your choice of milks, sweeteners, etc. For best results, drink ready-to-drink cold brew immediately or up to three days after making it.