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Cafe Quality Cold Brew Coffee

A simple and easy way to make cafe quality cold brew at home. Recipe contributed by Road Coffee Co.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Cold Brew Coffee
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chilling 1 day
Servings 3 cups, cold brew concentrate


  • 32 oz mason jar
  • Strainer
  • Large bowl
  • Coffee filter


  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups coarse ground coffee This grind will be a size similar to a French press or breadcrumbs.
  • 3- 3 1/2 cups cold or room temperature water
  • water or milk/milk alternative, for serving


To Make Cold Brew Coffee

  • Use approximately 1 - 1 ½ cups (4 ounces) of your favourite coarsely ground Road Coffee beans. Pour the grounds into your mason jar and fill it halfway with cold water.
  • Gently stir the mixture to ensure all the grounds are wet and then fill the jar the rest of the way with water.
  • Road Tip: Let your coffee grounds pre-infuse for 30 seconds before adding the rest of the water. This will help make sure all the grounds are evenly penetrated with water, resulting in more delicious flavours being extracted from the coffee!
  • Put the lid on the mason jar with the coffee mixture and place it in your refrigerator. Let the coffee steep for 12 to 24 hours (times may vary). It is important to remember that the longer the coffee steeps, the stronger the coffee will be.
  • After the 12 to 24 hours steeping time, set your strainer over the large bowl and place a coffee filter in the strainer. Pour the cold brew mixture through the filter to separate the coffee drink from the coffee grinds.
  • Rinse out your jar to get rid of any excess coffee grounds and transfer the cold brew from the bowl back into the jar.

To Serve

  • Try the cold brew on its own first. Then, dilute with water or milk/milk alternative.
  • Road Tip: For a creamier cold brew coffee, substitute the cold water for milk or a milk alternative. Stick to the 1:3 ratio of 1-part cold brew concentrate and 3-parts cold water or milk!
  • Enjoy your delicious homemade cold brew coffee!


  • Road Tip: Cold brew coffee can be stronger than you are used to. Try it first without any drink additions and then dilute it to your liking.
  • To brew a really strong cup of cold brew coffee, you need to use the 1:3 ratio of coffee to water and let the brew sit for 24 hours. This will allow the flavours and caffeine content of the coffee to be fully extracted, resulting in a very strong cup of cold brew coffee.
  • The resulting cold brew will be a deliciously smooth and full-bodied flavour to enjoy on your front porch, on the way to the office or for days spent at the lake. Send us a message at info@roadcoffeeco.com or on social media @roadcoffee and let us know how your cold brew coffee worked out!