Cold Brewed Coffee

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It’s the latest craze in the coffee world. Starbucks is doing it. And I don’t know why I haven’t been doing this sooner. I am an avid coffee drinker (in case you don’t know via my Instagram). And in the summer I LOVE iced coffee. But I haven’t been able to replicate a good recipe at home yet. Either its watered down or too dark. It was always too much work for me to be bothered with it. So I order mine out, allll summer long! CHA-CHING, yikes, right?

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Until a few weeks ago. It was a rare occasion where I was actually able to watch the Today Show. During their food segment the cook, in the midst of making something else, mentions cold brew coffee to Matt Lauer. And she subsequently then poured straight up coffee grounds in a pitcher of water, explaining how easy it is to make. And I thought “Ew, that is gross!” Matt went on to try it (which turns out, ends up being strained!) and his reaction was priceless. Like he didn’t expect it to taste that good.

It makes sense. If you wanted a glass of iced tea, you wouldn’t brew an extra strong, piping hot cup of tea, and then dilute it by pouring it over ice. Yet that is how typical iced coffee is made. A seemingly stronger cup of coffee, diluted over ice. Seems backwards to me. So I had to try this cold brew craze out.

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This recipe below I’ve tested a few times with a large glass bottle. But after about 3-4 batches I wondered if there was an easier way. If you only having a cup here and there, straining isn’t that laborious. But I was going through a batch every 3 days! So I started an online search for a re-fillable “tea bag” of sorts to hold my grounds (I was still thinking “iced tea”). Surprisingly, in my search I stumbled on a Cold Brew Coffee Pitcher! BRILLIANT! And at the sale price it was worth it for me to try out. And let me tell you…

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So test this out once or twice, with the straining method. If you like it, I recommend splurging on the pitcher. So easy & at the ready in the fridge for when you need that ice cold pick me up!

Original recipe:

Cold Brew Coffee

Prep: 5 mins   |   Chill: 12 hours   |   Total: 12+ hours
4 servings  |   1 calories (before add ins)
(printable recipe here)


1  cup to 1 3/4 cup coffee grounds
3-4 cups water

flavor syrup

  1. Much like brewing iced tea. Pour in desired amount of grounds.
  2. Add water.
  3. Stir.
  4. Let sit, either on the counter or in the fridge, for 8-12 hours.
  5. Strain out grounds, using a mesh strainer & regular coffee filters over a bowl.
  6. Serve over ice, with preferred add ins.
  • I prefer adding a splash of water, then fill cup halfway with milk & creamer. Then top off with coffee.
  • This version will be darker & stronger than a regular brewed coffee. But have a much better taste, not as bitter
  • With my glass bottle it had a small opening, so I was able to strain using a kitchen funnel with a coffee filter.
Love this? Tried it? Share your meal photos on my Facebook page, tag them on Instagram & Twitter with #MadeByMeggs or even comment below! I’d love to see what you enjoy! Don’t forget to check out more of what inspires me on Pinterest. xoxo Meggs

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