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DIY Cold Brew Coffee for the Summer

PLAY BARISTA WITH THIS SIMPLE SUMMER DRINK

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.

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.

Enjoy!

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