How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (by All Sorts of Pretty)Cold brew coffee is so good in the summer, right?  So expensive in the coffee shops too – and don’t get me started on how annoyed I get when I see a barista pour piping hot coffee over ice and hand it over in exchange for $4.  That just dilutes the good stuff down to a watery mess.  No, in order to get a really good iced coffee, you need to cold brew it and luckily, it’s super easy to do at home.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (by All Sorts of Pretty)All you need is some coffee, water, a jar to put it all in, and a fine mesh strainer (or cheese cloth, or dish towel) – forgot to include that in the photo, whoops.  This is going to make a coffee concentrate – you will need to dilute it with water when it’s time to drink it.  Making a concentrate is easier to make and store so you don’t have to keep a huge batch in your refrigerator.  You just keep this small jar and pour your cup 1/3 full with coffee, then the rest with water and ice when you’re ready.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (by All Sorts of Pretty)


1 & 1/3 cups ground coffee

4 cups water (cold or room temp)

jar or pitcher

fine mesh strainer (or cheese cloth, clean dish towel, anything to filter out the grounds)


1. Place coffee in jar or pitcher and pour water over top.

2. Stir to combine.

3. Seal and let sit for at least 8 hours to overnight at room temperature.

4. Pour mixture over a strainer in to a bowl.  Clean jar.

5. Strain a second time in to clean jar.

6. Ta-da!  Cold brew coffee concentrate.  4 cups of concentrate will make about 8 cups of iced coffee.  This will last up to a week in the fridge.

To Prepare

So, as I mentioned above, this is very concentrated coffee.  You will need to dilute this to your liking.  I like a 2 to 1 ratio – 1/3 coffee, 2/3 water and then some creamer is how I drink it.  You could go more or less water depending on preference.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (by All Sorts of Pretty)

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (by All Sorts of Pretty)Did you know it was so easy to make cold brew coffee?  Just requires time, but if you make a batch before you go to bed, in the morning you’re ready to strain it and make a glass of iced coffee.  Then, the rest of the week you can just pull out your jar of cold coffee concentrate and make a cup on your way out the door.  Or take the jar to work to make a cold treat in the afternoon.  This is such a refreshing way to enjoy coffee in the summertime and pretty easy to prepare also.  I will be keeping a jar in the fridge the rest of the summer!


18 Responses to “How to Make Cold Brew Coffee”

  1. Hannah

    In the ingredients, it just says “1 & 1/3 ground coffee” with no measurement – I’m assuming it’s 1 & 1/3 cups?

    • Katy

      Whoops!! Thanks Hannah, I’ve just fixed it. yes, 1 1/3 cups! :) Thanks so much for letting me know!

  2. Katie K

    Thanks for this awsome post! My husband and I tried it last night and this morning we enjoyed delicious iced coffee.

    • Katy

      Oh yay, that’s awesome! Thanks for the sweet comment, Katie! So glad you enjoyed it :)

  3. Lin

    Hi Katy! I have recently found you and I’m compelled to let you know just how awesome and cute you and your work here is. It all started with me trying to find out how to make my own almondmilk and funny, but I also wanted to find out how to make a healthy homemade iced coffee too. Wella! You are my HERO with all your fresh, young, healthy outlooks and ideas. I have shared this with my 30 something Daughter who is into alot of what you are about! It will help me to keep up with what’s going on in her life and friends too as we live very far apart! It seems to be all about going back to to things that have meant so much in the past and seemed lost. You are a breath of fresh air! Congratulations on your marriage too! The photos were inspiring and pure to heart! Good luck Katy! You are on my favs now!

    • Katy

      Oh Lin, you have just made my DAY! What a sweet comment, thank you so so much! You are such a sweetheart, than you so much for taking the time to leave such sweet words for me here. I am so happy to have you as a reader and hope you enjoy your time here in my little corner of the internet :)

  4. Estefania

    Hi Katy! I decided to make this and realized too late that only 2 1/2 cups of water would fit in my jar with the 1 1/3 cups of ground coffee. Will this still work? I’m assuming I would just have a much more concentrated coffee? Thank you!

    • Katy

      Hey Estefania! Yeah, it will still work! You’re right though, it will be slightly more concentrated so just make sure to dilute it a bit more to suit your tastes. It will still taste wonderful! :)

    • Katy

      I have found it to be the easiest. Which reminds me…I’m out and need to make some more! :) Thanks for the comment, Celestine!

  5. Amanda

    I am SO excited to try this!! It’s been on my Pinterest taunting me for far too long and today I will finally take the leap! Just curious how long it will stay good for in the fridge? Would you say a week or longer? Thanks so much for the awesome post! :)

  6. Amanda

    One more thing! I have a pretty large mason jar and it certainly looks the same as yours in the photo but when I tried to measure out 4 cups of water it wouldn’t all fit! I got about 3 cups and maybe 1/3 cup of water and filled it to the brim. What size mason jar did you use?

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  11. Theresa

    I have used this cold brew recipe for hot coffee. I love it because there is no acidic bitterness. I use the 1 part concentrate to 2 parts water. It’s perfect every time! Thank you!


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