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DIY Cold Brew Coffee for the Summer


Article by Chelsey Modde

Photography by Chelsey Modde

It's summer and officially cold brew's time to shine.

A favorite to sip during warmer months, this brewing technique involves mixing coffee with water and letting it steep in the fridge for 12-24 hours. The result is a concentrate that's more potent, less acidic, and stays good for at least a week. A win-win worth cheers-ing to.

If you find the idea of playing barista a bit intimidating - fear not. I'm happy to report it's super easy. (As in so easy you can do it with a toddler crawling up your leg and a baby on your hip.)

Ready to infuse some caffeine into your day? Follow this five step process.

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What You'll Need:

  • Coarsely Ground Coffee
  • Water
  • Sealable Containers (Mason Jars Work Great)
  • Coffee Filter or Cheesecloth
  • Cream or Milk to Taste

Make It:

  • Pick Your Blend: Any coarsely ground coffee will work, but my go to is Cameron's Coffee. It's smooth, flavor-packed, and at a price-point that makes my budget happy without skimping on quality. Plus, in the spirit of delicious caffeinated drinks you can create at home, the brand re-launched their classic and vanilla hazelnut Cold Brew Blends this year -- which means you don't have to worry about grinding beans yourself.
  • Mix It Up: Grab your sealable container and add a cup of coffee grounds with 6-8 cups of water. Friendly reminder - cold brew packs a punch so I stick with 8 cups of water. Mix it up and pop it in the fridge for 12-24 hours.
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  • Filter + Strain: After the coffee has steeped, strain out the remaining grounds and silt. I like to use cheesecloth, but traditional coffee filters work too if you have the patience to wait for it to slowly drip through.
  • Cut with Water: Remember how this is a coffee concentrate? You'll need to dilute it a bit. I cut it 1:1 with water.
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  • Make It Your Own: I add a splash of cream, my husband uses milk, and my mom puts in a bit of coffee syrup. However you take it, doctor it up the way you like and then you're ready to take on the day.


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