How to Make Homemade Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

Hey guys! For a while now I’ve been exploring how best to incorporate videos into my recipes, and I’m excited to share the first ever One Ingredient Chef recipe video in this post! The normal recipe ingredients and steps are still here, but I also did a quick video for this one (how to make cold brew coffee concentrate). This is just a start, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new format. If you have any suggestions or would like to see more of this in the future, let me know! You can watch right here and the normal recipe is below:

If you haven’t gotten on the cold brew coffee train yet, it’s coffee that’s brewed at room temperature for about 12 hours, which creates the smoothest, sweetest cup of coffee you’ve ever had. The tannins and bitterness are nowhere to be found and it’s super delicious. Of course, you can buy this for $4 a cup at Starbucks, but you can also make your own at home for a fraction of the cost and it’s impossibly easy – just combine the coffee and water into a pitcher, wait, strain the grounds through a cheesecloth, and serve with equal parts water.

Makes: 4 cups of concentrate / 8 cups of coffee


  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Ice, for serving

1. Combine 4 parts water and 1 part coffee in a large jar or pitcher. Medium roast, medium grind coffee works well.

2. Let the mixture steep at room temperature for 12 hours, stir/shake once or twice if possible.

3. Strain through cheesecloth or filter and return to the pitcher. Store refrigerated & sealed for up to a week.

4. To serve, mix with equal parts water, pour over ice and top with your favorite non-dairy creamer or you can make my cashew milk recipe, which is perfect in this coffee.


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  1. I do not like coffee at all but same method works great with any tea or herb tea. I just go drinking strength and brew it up in a canning jar, keeping a serving or two in the fridge at all times. That way I can drink it cold/iced or heat it up. No dilution though though doing concentrated and diluting might work you will get a lot more out of your tea, herb, or coffee if you use more water and make it drinking strength in the brewing.

  2. Awesome video Andrew. To think just yesterday I searched for One Ingredient Chef on YouTube…and today I get a video in my inbox. Maybe it’s a sign to start drinking coffee again.

    • Thanks, Christine! Haha, how funny. Definitely a sign to start drinking coffee again – all the cool people are doing it.

    • Thank you! 🙂 There is a print button but it’s kind of hard to notice – look just above the comment section, below the post itself. That row of square icons, the last one is a grey printer and it’ll bring up printer-friendly options to remove images, etc.

  3. Hey, Starbucks cold brews theirs for 22 hours. Also, if you are in a bind or forget to start ahead on your cold brew, here is an inside tip/hack. Get a “Treinta” cold brew coffee, “no ice, no water” from Starbucks. It is not on the menu and is their biggest…about 24 ounces of their cold brew coffee concentrate and makes about 6-7 drinks when diluted normally. At 5 bucks, it is way cheaper than any cold brew concentrate out there. Be wary, though, some baristas will dilute it and…don’t drink this whole thing straight as this much caffeine might be a lethal dose, or at least you’ll be shaking for a day from it.

  4. This is as easy of a recipe as it gets for cold brew coffee. I’m going broke buying it at the store and this will save tons of money. I quadrupled the recipe 4 cups of coffee 16 cups of water. I drink it everyday and the single cup would go to fast.

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