Cold brew coffee can create some confusion among inexperienced coffee drinkers. The name “cold brew” refers to the actual brewing process, rather than the temperature of the drink. Although cold brew is fairly new to the American coffee scene, it is far from new in origin. There is some debate over who was the first to craft cold brew, but we know it has been in existence for at least four centuries! Cold brew is significant because it uses cold or room-temperature water, rather than hot water, to extract flavors from the grounds. Cold brew is one of the simplest coffee drinks to create and is extremely versatile to use. Keep in mind, however, that cold brew requires 12-plus hours to make, as it takes much longer for cold water to extract the full flavor from the grounds.

Cold Brew Coffee

The name “cold brew” refers to the actual brewing process, rather than the temperature of the drink.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • Pitcher
  • Filter


  • 1⁄4 cup fresh medium-fine ground coffee
  • any roast
  • 9 ounces room-temperature water
  • Ice for serving


  • 1.Place the coffee grounds in a large pitcher and add the water. Stir to combine. Refrigerate forroughly 12 hours (more or less time based on your desired strength of the brew).
  • 2.Pour the mixture through a filter and serve it over ice! If it is too strong, add more water.


RECIPE TIP: Using a larger pitcher, you can double or triple the recipe easily to havemore cold brew later. For a fun experiment, make a batch of cold brew and a batchof traditional hot coffee using the same type of grounds. Test your palate. Can youtaste the difference between each one?
Keyword coffee, cold brew

FUN FACT: Iced coffee and cold brew: Is there a difference? Iced coffee is simply coffee brewed hot, then poured over ice. Cold brew, however, is brewed using cold or room-temperature water, which requires up to 12 hours to extract all the flavor. The result is a less bitter, less acidic, but highly concentrated coffee with even more caffeine.

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