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Vegan creamer being poured into a cold brew coffee.

Easy Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

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  • Author: erin wysocarski
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


Ready to fall in love with the simplicity of making cold brew at home? This recipe is all about easy cold brew coffee methods that transform your kitchen into your new favorite coffee spot. With just a few basic tools and some patience, you’ll be sipping on a cup of rich, smooth cold brew that makes every summer day feel a little cooler and a lot more delicious.


  • 1 cup coarsely ground coffee (for best results, grind your beans just before brewing)
  • 3 cups cold, filtered water
  • Ice cubes, for serving
  • Optional: Vegan creamer (tip: freeze plant-based creamer in ice cube trays for a creamier, chillier coffee)
  • Optional sweetener: Agave or sugar, adjusted to your taste


Combine Ingredients:

In a large Mason jar or French Press, add the coffee grounds and cold filtered water. Stir gently to make sure all the coffee is fully immersed and to help release the coffee oils.

First Rest:

Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to start the extraction process.


  • Mason Jar: Cover the jar with a lid and place it in the refrigerator. Let it steep overnight, ideally for about 12-18 hours.
  • French Press: Cover with the press lid but do not press down the plunger. Refrigerate for the same duration.


  • Mason Jar: Place a fine-mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth over a bowl or pitcher. Pour the coffee mixture through to remove all grounds. Squeeze or press the filter to extract maximum flavor.
  • French Press: After refrigeration, slowly press down the plunger to separate the coffee from the grounds.


Fill a glass two-thirds full with ice cubes. Pour the cold brew over the ice. Add vegan creamer and sweetener to taste, and stir well.


Optimizing Brew Strength: If you find the brew too strong, you can dilute the concentrate with a little water, plant-based milk, or a dairy-free creamer when serving. Start with a 1/4 cup of water and adjust according to your taste.

Prevent Sediment in Your Cup: If you notice sediment at the bottom of your cold brew, consider a second strain through a finer filter. This can help create a cleaner, smoother cup of coffee.

Creative Uses for Leftover Coffee Grounds: Don’t throw away the used coffee grounds! They can be composted or used to make homemade exfoliating scrubs, helping to minimize waste.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 12 hours:
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Chilled
  • Cuisine: American