How to make the Strongest, Best Cold Brewed Coffee

Strongest, Best Cold Brewed Coffee

The past two decades have seen an explosion in the cold brew coffee business.   You can now buy cold brew virtually anywhere from a fancy coffee house to the local grocery store to even the local convenience store.

But if you are truly into cold brew, you can tell a real authentically brewed cold brew from an out of the package or half-assed brew.   Below is how I used to make the cold brew in my coffee shop in Idaho.   It's not fast, not the easiest process ... but the cold brew produced will be the best and strongest you can make.

So get ready to learn how to brew the best cold brew you can and grab your favorite mug or grab one from my store at like the one below and start brewing.

Strongest, Best Cold Brew:

Recommended blends:   Light coffees work best.   Indian Monsoon is a favorite of mine if you can find it.   The best darker coffee grinds I've found are Sumatran.

Step One:

  • Be sure you are buying a good gourmet coffee.   Using Folgers, Maxwell House or your average run of the mill coffee grinds will not produce a great cold brew.   Yes it's more expensive but if you're serious about you're cold brew spring for the extra few dollars.   Even better, try to buy the roasted beans and grind them yourself.  
  • You'll need a strainer, TWO large pitchers of at least 2 quarts, a coffee filter, a paper cup and a scale.
  • Put the paper cup on the scale and start to pour in coffee grinds.   Measure out until you get to 4 ounces of coffee.
  • Place the grounds in one of the pitchers.   Add COLD water to the pitcher until you have filled the pitcher with TWO quarts of water.
  • Stir briskly.
  • Place a lid on the pitcher and place it in the refrigerator.
  • VERY IMPORTANT:  Leave the pitcher in the refrigerator for no less than 12 hours.   This is essential to creating the perfect brew.   

Step Two:

  • Place the strainer over the empty pitcher and place the filter in the strainer over the holes in the strainer.
  • Remove the other pitcher in the refrigerator and begin to pour VERY SLOWLY  pour the contents of the pitcher into the strainer so that it drips down into the other container.
  • Continue to do so until the entire 2 quarts are poured out.

Step Three:

  • Remove the strainer and your cold brew is ready!   
  • Add ice as desired with your favorite coffee mug from