3 Steps to the Ultimate Cold Brew: Made in a Mason Jar at Home

We all love our morning coffee and look forward to that first beautiful sip. If you’re like me, cold brew is the perfect way to start the day, but have you ever considered if you could make your own at home to save money on buying it every day from the coffee shop?

As a cold brew-aholic, I shudder to think how much I’ve spent on buying it all the time. That’s why I started making my own at home. I’ve styled it to my own taste and because I can make it for the fraction of the cost of a bought one, I’m saving lots of money.

Brewing my own cold brew is so simple, I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. That’s why I want to share the recipe and method with you, so you can make your own cold brew and be completely satisfied.

Ingredients to Make Your Own Cold Brew

  • Medium Grind Coffee: Slightly coarse grinds like medium is best.
  • Mason Jar: Wide mouth is easier to use.
  • Cheese Cloth: You could also use a very fine sieve like a tea strainer, or paper coffee filter.
  • Water.

3 Steps to Make Cold Brew (Get ready for perfection)

This couldn’t be easier, but if you do make a mistake, try again because this saves money and is delicious!

1. Mix Your Brew

Coffee powder

Use 1 oz of coffee beans for every cup of water. For a supply to last about a week, use 3 oz coffee and 3 cups of water.

Stir the mixture vigorously, then allow it to sit so the coffee sinks to the bottom.

Place the lid on your container and put it in the fridge. Some people leave the mixture at room temperature, but there is the risk of bacterial contamination, so refrigeration is best.

2. Let It Steep

A jar with coffee solution

This is key because allowing it to steep will enhance the depth of flavor. Let your brew steep for 12 to 72 hours. The longer the better, though more steep time means stronger flavor, and some coffee gets bitter at the longer steep times.

You can dilute it more if you get a brew stronger than your taste. I prefer a steep time of 20 hours, but you decide by experimenting with each brew you make. 

3. Strain Your Brew

Straning coffee brew

Remove the jar from the fridge and strain the mixture into another container using a fine sieve or cheesecloth. (You could also use a coffee filter like the thin paper ‘basket’ style that goes in a coffee machine)

Cheesecloth is easy to use with a mason jar, especially if you have the screw top surround. This method will give a slightly cloudy brew, so allow the mixture to sit for an hour or so to let any sediment settle on the bottom, before carefully decanting into another jar.

Add milk to coffee

Now it’s time to sample your brew. Pour some into a glass with ice cubes, add a little milk and enjoy.

If the brew is too strong for your taste, use about ½ a cup of cold brew to 1 cup of iced water. Experiment with the mixtures so that you can make the perfect cold brew to your taste every day.

Once You Make Your Own Cold Brew, You Won’t Go Back To Buying It

I was amazed at the simplicity of making my own cold brew at home and you will be too. I really encourage you to give this recipe a try because I’m convinced you’ll love it and will be totally satisfied.

Imagine waking every morning to cold brew, made by you and to your taste. Start the day with cold brew perfection and save a lot of money as well.

What do you think of this recipe? I’d love to know.