The Curious Case of Cold Brew Coffee

How to make a good, strong batch of cold brew coffee.

All summer long, Abe has become addicted to cold brew coffee.   Go Get Em Tiger, Coffee Commissary, LaMill, and Blue Bottle (his favorite) make his favorite, and at $4-5 a cup, it’s becoming a costly habit.  We tried buying some from Trader Joe’s, but it’s rather bitter, so he’s been diluting it with lots of milk.  After receiving these Mason Cold Brew Coffees to sample, I started seeing cold brew coffee in mason jar recipes EVERYWHERE and wondered why we couldn’t just make it at home.

We’ve been following a couple cold brew recipes online and have been adapting it.  Abe said it wasn’t strong enough, so we increased the amount of grounds.  We tried switching between leaving it at room temperature and having it sit in the fridge.  We’ve been using incredible beans (Heart Coffee Roasters’ Colombia Buenos Aires) that make a terrific stovetop espresso.

The magic formula is combining 1 cup coffee grounds with 3 cups water in a french press!  Leave it in the fridge overnight and pour it into a cup through a coffee filter to remove any bits of debris.  This recipe makes STRONG cold brew coffee so you’ll definitely want to serve it over ice.  And milk, if you prefer.  We find the only non-dairy milk that doesn’t get clumpy and weird is the one by Almond Breeze.  Abe doesn’t like his coffee sweet so we buy the unsweetened, regular kind.

If you don’t have a french press, you can still make this cold brew by combining all the above ingredients in a mason jar and straining it.


9 thoughts on “The Curious Case of Cold Brew Coffee

  1. Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Great vlog!

    I had my first cold brewed coffee (on nitro) the other day, and I absolutely loved it. I hadn’t really heard/paid attention to cold brewed coffee (yes, apparently, I live under a rock), and now I see it everywhere! The Mason coffees sound good. How did Abe like the lavender one? I’ll definitely look into the recipe you shared, too!

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      Thanks, Andrea! Abe definitely did not NOT like the lavender, but I think he’s a straight up coffee dude for sure.

  2. Elisabeth A Longmire

    I do the 10 oz brick of Cafe Bustelo in a gallon pitcher filled with water, leave at room temperature for about 8 hours then strain, top off with extra water to make it a full gallon, keep it in the fridge for up to a week. It’s not too bitter and it’s like $4 for a gallon of coffee. You can freeze leftovers in ice cubes if you have any. If it’s too strong just cut it with water.

  3. Blair

    Hi, Lynn! I have wanted to try cold brew coffee all summer, but I live in the middle of nowhere and it’s not something that’s easily accessible in the country! 🙂 I guess that’s probably a good thing for my wallet, but maybe I need to try making it at home now! Have a great week!

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      I’m curious to hear how you like it – and if you perfect a recipe, let me know!

  4. Bethany

    Are you buying the TJ’s cold brew concentrate? The stuff they sell on the shelf w/ the other coffees – not refrigerated. I love that stuff but you have to dilute it – i think you’re supposed to do 1 part concentrate to 2 parts water. It’s $7.99 or $9.99 depending on if you get the regular or the organic french roast. I usually get one of each and those will last me about a month.

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      Yes! Abe says it’s still too bitter for him…but he’s getting close to a good ratio this morning. I’m hopeful!

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