DIY Cold Brew Coffee with Ground Coffee (Recipe & Tips!)
Cold Brew Coffee (Recipe & Tips!)
We know, with the blazing hot weather, everyone’s excited about cold brew coffee.
Homemade cold brew coffee is:
- Smooth, slightly sweet and super refreshing
- Easy to make
- More affordable than buying at a coffee shop
- Ready-made for busy mornings
- Easily heated up if you’re in the mood for hot coffee
You can make cold brew on the weekend, then pour your coffee from the fridge every morning. No boiling water. No fussing with a coffee maker.
As someone who is 100% not a morning person, cold brew coffee is a total game changer.
Step 1: Assemble What You'll Need:
- Ground Coffee Powder (highly recommended to use our Riserva Series of Premium Ground Coffee Powder)
- measuring cups
- a wooden spoon
- a pitcher to hold your coffee.
- Later on, you'll need something to strain the coffee with. (We have included FREE Coffee Filter Bags in our “Pitti Caffè Best of Riserva Ground Coffee Starter Kit”
Step 2: Just Add Water
- Add your grounds into your pitcher.
- Per 1 cup of water, you’ll need 1 ounce (by weight) coarsely ground coffee. That’s about 1/4 cup whole coffee beans, which yields roughly 1/2 cup ground coffee. If you’re accustomed to the metric system, 1 ounce is equal to 28 grams.
Step 3: Stir, stir, stir
- All you have to do is stir. Yep, that's it. Just make sure that all of the grounds are wet and covered with water.
Step 4: Practice Your Patience
- The whole point of cold brew is that it steeps for a long period of time in the refrigerator before drinking.
- To get the full flavor, you'll want to steep your cold brew coffee for at least 12 hours to get the full flavor.
Step 5: Strain the Grounds
- Once you’re done steeping the coffee, you’ll need to strain the coffee grounds out of the water. A fine-mesh sieve or French press filter isn’t sufficient (you’ll end up with murky, sludgy concentrate).
- If you are having our “Pitti Caffè Best of Riserva Ground Coffee Starter Kit”, you can definitely use the FREE Coffee Filter Bags to strain the coffee, just simply pour the concentrate through it. That’s it!
Step 6: Pour and Enjoy
- After the long wait and straining, it's finally time to try your DIY cold brew coffee! Just pour over ice and add whatever usual fixings you need. Make it sweet and creamy, or drink it black. Whatever suits your fancy—this is your own batch of cold brew after all.
Fun Facts about Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew can be strong.
This depends on a lot of factors, including the beans used, steeping time, and dilution. The dilution is the factor that is the easiest to control. Don’t drink cold brew concentrate straight—it’s highly caffeinated!
Cold brew is less acidic.
If regular drip coffee or espresso upsets your stomach, cold brew might not. The only way to know is to try it, and you’ll have more control over the end result if you make it yourself.
You can heat up cold brew and drink it hot.
Indeed, it’s true, and it’s very good. The flavor stays about the same.
Cold brew takes longer to make than drip coffee.
Since the water is cold, it needs to steep for about 12 to 18 hours to soak up the coffee’s color, flavor and caffeine. The cold extraction process brings out fewer of coffee’s bitter compounds, which produces a sweeter and smoother result.
Coarsely-ground coffee makes the best cold brew.
No coffee grinder at home? No problem. Just grind your coffee at the grocery store using their big coffee grinder machine, with the dial set on the coarse/French press option. I’ve provided approximate amounts of ground coffee to use if you don’t have a scale for a more accurate weight measurement (don’t worry about it).
Use any coffee variety you enjoy to make cold brew.
Any variety will work, and you’ll find that it tastes less bitter when its steeped in cold water instead of hot. It would be fun to compare a glass of cold brew coffee with hot coffee of the same variety.
Recommended Steeping Time
- The steeping time is flexible as well. I’ve read suggestions for “overnight or 12 hours,” and “at least 18 or up to 24 hours,” so do what works with your schedule. Starbucks steeps their cold brew for 20 hours.
- If you accidentally steep yours longer (even 24+ hours), it’s ok. Your concentrate may taste a little more bitter than it would have, but it’s probably fine. It may also be extra-strong, so you might want to dilute with some extra water.
Note: Cold brew concentrate will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, although the best flavor is to be consumed within the first week.