Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

There are some things that are just better with friends.

Want to use fake eyelashes for the first time? Best to have friends around to help pry your eyelids back open when if you glue them together.

Sick of all the cat hair in your apartment? Don’t be impulsive and grab a pair of scissors to give your cats a ‘trim.’ Call a friend and let them remind you that this is crazy cat lady behavior. Oh, and stop being lazy and just vacuum already.

Craving a cup of iced coffee? Don’t swing by Starbucks. Invite your friends over, pour them a glass, and maybe reminisce about the time you thought it was a good idea to use body lotion as eye makeup remover.

The ratio of ground coffee to water may need to be altered to match your desired strength of brew.  I like my iced coffee a bit on the rich side as I drink it with lots of almond milk.

Cold brewed coffee has a low acid content as the mixture is steeped overnight. This is great, as my friend M loves to drink her’s black, and she can enjoy the same batch without upsetting her stomach.

I prefer using finely ground coffee but make this brew to your liking.  Please note that if you use coarsely ground coffee, you will probably have to increase the amount needed.

Adapted from Serious Eats

Serves 1 or 2 (Ingredient Amounts Listed Below)


A French Press (If you don’t own one, you can use a glass jar/2 cup measuring cup. After brewing, strain the coffee through a sieve lined with cheesecloth or even a paper towel.  You may want to catch the strained brew with a mixing bowl if your sieve is quite large.)

A spoon (a fork will work)


For 1

3 rounded tablespoons of ground coffee

1 cup of cold water

For 2

A heaping third of a cup of ground coffee

One and a half cups of cold water

Add the coffee and water to your french press.  With a spoon, stir the coffee and water together till well combined.  Place the plunger inside the french press but do not press down on the brew just yet. If you’re using a glass jar, just cover the stirred mixture with plastic wrap. Place the french press/glass jar into your refrigerator and let it sit overnight. (I’ve cold brewed as few as 8 hours and didn’t notice a difference between that and 12 hours.)

The next day, press the coffee mixture slowly till the plunger can’t go further down.  Pour the brew over ice (divide if you brewed for two) and add sugar, etc. to your liking. *I don’t strain our brew through a fine mesh sieve as I never notice any particulates floating in our iced coffee.  However, if you’d like to be cautious, strain away with either a cheesecloth/paper towel lined sieve or fine mesh sieve.

If you’re using a glass jar, line a sieve with cheesecloth or a paper towel.  (If you have a fine mesh sieve you may be able to get away with not lining it as the grounds may be too big to fall through.)  Strain the coffee mixture through, into either your cup of ice or a bowl if your sieve is quite large.  Once the brew is strained, serve over ice and add sugar, etc. to your liking.

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