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Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

Homemade Cold Brew Coffee is just a few quick steps away. With a few easy-to-find tools, this goes from totally easy to completely simple and mess-free. 

Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

I am totally in LOVE with Starbucks new Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew.

Besides the cost associated with a love of Starbucks products though, I had a big problem.

About half the time I waited in line to get one of these, they were OUT OF COLD BREW.

These drinks were SO insanely popular, they literally could not keep them supplied in the stores. Crazy. So a few weeks after their release the kind barista pointed out a Starbucks Cold Brew ‘system’ you could make at home. Cool right? I thought so, but uhhhh – their price was a little bit steep for my tastes. At $25, I decided to skip it and try and come up with an easy DIY version at home.

Little did I know at the time that my genius Facebook friend was already on the case, and she had been for several years. Just says later I came across this post on cold brew coffee from Gazing In that has been #1 for years now on her site. It is amazing.

I took her advice and ordered a jelly strainer bag (affiliate link) on Amazon for under $5, and pulled out one of my big quart-sized mason jars (affiliate link) from the cupboard, and I was set.

One thing I did differently than Gazing In though, is to brew my coffee right in the bag. It makes for such an easy clean up, no pouring required. Just pull the bag out, give it a good squeeze, and dump the grounds into your compost pile (or garbage can).

Easy Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

The result is a perfectly smooth, strong coffee concentrate that is PERFECT for iced coffee. It lasts in the fridge for up to a week, but good luck keeping it around that long!

Easy Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

Do you need something yummy to eat with your cold brew coffee? This Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee Cake is a fantastic option!


Yield: 6 servings

Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

Homemade Cold Brew Coffee is just a few quick steps away. With a few easy-to-find tools, this goes from totally easy to completely simple and mess-free.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 quart mason jar, plus the lid and ring for it
  • 1 jam strainer
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely ground coffee
  • enough water to fill to jar to almost the top


  1. Place jam strainer bag into the quart mason jar, and tie securely around the outside lip.
  2. Place group coffee inside the bag, and then fill the jar with water.
  3. Place the lid and ring on the jar, and place in the fridge for 8-12 hours.
  4. Remove the lid, pull out the bag slowly, and give it a few squeezes to get all the coffee out.
  5. Enjoy over ice with your favorite creamer.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 10Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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Wednesday 16th of August 2017

So does this make something you would want to mix with water (as it's a "concentrate"), or could you drink it straight?

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 17th of August 2017

It depends on how strong you like your coffee. I don't add water to mine, but I DO add a fairly significant amount of creamer. Try it, and if it is too strong for you definitely toss in some water!


Wednesday 28th of June 2017

Brilliant! I wonder if cheesecloth would work in lieu of the strainer bag? I think I will give it a try tomorrow!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

It should definitely work! I'd double or triple it though or you might get a little sludge.

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