Cold Brew Hope

Do you have something you’re eager to excel at, but consistently fall short of the mark? For me, that’s making cold brew coffee at home. Despite my efforts, I struggle to produce a consistently great pitcher of cold brew. 

Over the past four years, I’ve watched countless videos and read blogs in an attempt to uncover the secrets to a perfect batch. However, I still find myself uncertain if I’ve truly mastered the technique. 

As a coffee lover, there’s nothing quite like a smooth, refreshing cold brew coffee on a warm afternoon. It’s the perfect drink to enjoy while working on the deck or reading a spicy romance novel. However, purchasing cold brew from coffee shops or pre-made bottles can be costly, making it an impractical option for me. 

The recipe for cold brew coffee seems straightforward, but achieving a satisfying flavor is not always easy. Despite my struggles, I remain determined to perfect my homemade cold brew technique and enjoy a delicious, budget-friendly cup of coffee whenever I desire. 

After experimenting with various self-contained pitchers for making cold brew, I finally discovered the perfect one for my household. Since there are two of us who enjoy cold brew, I needed a pitcher that could produce enough without wasting any excess. 

The pitcher I settled on is a sturdy, heavy carafe with a robust handle that feels comfortable to grip. I also appreciate the fine mesh in the pitcher, which makes cleaning up a breeze. Additionally, everything is conveniently stored in one place when the pitcher is not in use.  {Cold Brew Pitcher } .  

coarse ground coffee grounds in clear container on wooden counter

What I have learned?  

After many trials, and even more errors, I’ve learned a few key things about making cold brew at home. First, I prefer to begin with whole coffee beans, which I coarsely grind for optimal flavor. When using a mesh infuser, it’s essential to avoid grinding the beans too finely, as this can result in a bitter taste and residue in the water. 

Metal and glass pitcher with blooming coffee grounds

I also prefer to use filtered water at room temperature. One of my favorite parts of the process is witnessing the coffee grounds bloom and releasing their irresistible aroma. To maximize this process, I pour the water slowly over the ground, allowing the CO2 to release naturally. 

Once the infuser is submerged, I place the pitcher in the refrigerator and wait. This is where the process can become uncertain. A cold brew is not a quick way to make coffee, but the wait is worth it for a smooth, delicious cup. 

I’ve found that the optimal brewing time for cold brew is around 16-18 hours. Any less, and the brew may taste weak, while any more can result in a bitter, over-brewed flavor that misses the mark of a good cold brew. With these tips and some patience, anyone can create a perfectly smooth and delicious cold brew at home 

metal and glass pitcher with brown water on wooden counter

Basic Cold Brew

  • 1 cup coarsely ground coffee (any flavor or roast)
  • 4 cups water 
  1. Combine the coffee and water in a large container. Stir until well combined. 
  1. Cover the container and let it sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours. 
  1. After the steeping time is complete, strain the coffee mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a pitcher or jar. 
  1. Discard the coffee grounds and rinse out the container. 
  1. Pour the strained coffee back into the container and refrigerate until cold. 
  1. Serve the cold brew coffee over ice and enjoy. 

Note: Adjust the amount of coffee and water based on your taste preferences. You can also experiment with different types of coffee beans to find your favorite flavor profile.