Easily make iced coffee at home using this homemade coffee concentrate recipe. Customize to your liking with sweeteners, spices, or milks.
Without realizing it, I was spending close to $20 a week to fuel my coffee habit.
During the hot summer months, I could easily spent double to cool with iced coffee every afternoon.
No need to spend frivolously on on my daily coffee now that I have this concentrate!
Homemade Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
Coffee concentrates seem to be popping up everywhere.
From the rows of bottled concentrates I see at the market to the numerous cold brew concentrate kits I stumble upon online, it is definitely a hot commodity.
I’ve purchased my fair share of these products.
I love the ease of being able to whip up a batch of iced coffee at a moment’s notice. Simply grab a glass, pour, and enjoy.
Obviously, buying these bottles and kits also adds up.
This homemade cold brew coffee concentrate solves everything!
Easiest way to brew coffee
I have found that using a French press is the easiest way brew coffee.
It conveniently separates the coffee bean grounds from the liquids.
I’ve tried other methods (coffee filter, cheesecloth, etc) but they can get messy.
How to Prepare Beans for Brewing
The following morning, slowly press down on the French press plunger to filter out the coffee beans from the liquid.
Pour the concentrate into a container and keep it chilled in the fridge until you’re ready for an iced coffee.
IT’S THAT EASY.
Why steep coffee beans at room temperature?
Yes, the beans are steeped at room temperature. It’s not literally “cold brewed.”
You can brew it in the fridge but it’ll take longer than 8-12 hours to get the same product.
To me, “cold brew” simply encompasses everything that isn’t brewed with hot water.
(If you’re not interested in coffee concentrate, I also have a post for regular cold brew coffee.)
How customize your iced coffee
The recipe for this coffee concentrate uses a 1:2 ratio of beans to water.
This makes between 6-8 cups of iced coffee, depending on your desired strength.
Since I prefer strong coffee, I make my iced version using a 1:1 ratio of concentrate to water.
The standard iced coffee ratio would be 1:2, 1 part concentrate to 2 parts water or milk.
Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
- 1 ½ cups dark roast coffee beans, roughly ground
- 3 cups filtered water
- ½ cup coffee concentrate
- ½ cup water or milk
- Add coffee grounds to French press container. Pour in water and stir vigorously to combine. Cover and allow mixture to steep overnight (8-12 hours) at room temperature.
- Gently press down on French press plunger to separate grounds from liquid. Pour coffee concentrate into another container. Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to use.
- For strong coffee (1:1 ratio), pour 1/2 cup coffee concentrate and 1/2 cup water in a serving glass filled with ice. For standard iced coffee (1:2 ratio), combine 1/2 cup coffee concentrate with 1 cup water. Customize with sweeteners, milk, or cream as desired.
- I use this French Press from Amazon
- Infuse additional flavors during brewing process. Add vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, and other spices along with ground coffee.
- Pre-ground coffee can be used in place of freshly ground coffee beans.
- Coffee concentrate will keep in the fridge for one week.