Making cold brew coffee is easy.
But if you want the best cold brew coffee possible, it takes a little bit of trial and error.
The first challenge is picking the right method for making cold brew coffee. There are a lot of different ways to make cold brew in terms of both the equipment that you use and the brew recipe you choose.
It’s very possible that the first method and/or recipe you use will not be something that works for you.
Your coffee may be too bitter or weak. Clean-up may be a huge hassle. Or perhaps you realized that you’d just prefer to buy ready-made cold brew at the store.
Whatever your situation, I put this cold brew coffee guide together so you can find the perfect cold coffee solution for you.
The Complete List of the Web’s Best Cold Brew Coffee Resources
Cold brew recipes, techniques, experiments, and more.
Chapter 1: What’s So Special About Cold Brew Coffee?
If you’ve ever wondered what makes cold brew coffee different from iced coffee or coffee brewed with hot water, the following resources should help clear things up. Discover the benefits of cold brew coffee by clicking one of the links below.
What Everyone Ought To Know About Cold Brew Coffee | Prima Coffee
Coffee’s Dirty Little Secret (Hint: It’s Cold Brew) | The Daily Beast
Why Cold Brew? | Toddy
Hot Brew vs. Cold Brew | Science and Food UCLA
Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew | The Coffee Concierge
The immersion method is the most-common and easy method for making cold brew coffee. Many coffee professionals would also argue that the immersion method results in the best cold brew concentrate when compared to other methods. This however, will be for you to decide. These are the best instructional posts for making cold brew concentrate using the immersion method.
How to Make Cold-Brewed Coffee | Food52
Learn to Make Cold Brew Coffee (with beautiful GIFs) | Gimme Some Oven
Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee | Chowhound
Making Cold Brew with a Filtron | Blue Bottle Coffee
Chapter 3: How To Make Cold Brew The Fast Way (Japanese Style Iced Coffee)
While not necessarily cold brew coffee, it has been argued that Japanese Style iced coffee makes superior cold coffee. The idea behind Japanese Style iced coffee is pretty simple: brew coffee at hot temperatures to extract maximum flavor and aroma and cool instantly over ice to lock in these flavors and aromas.
This is the quickest method for brewing cold coffee…and arguably the best in terms of taste.
Japanese Style Iced Coffee via Chemex | Crema Coffee
Peter Giuliano’s Guide to Japanese Iced Iced Coffee | Barista Guild of America
Japanese Style Iced Coffee via Hario V60 | Counter Culture Coffee
Japanese Style Coffee and Tea Guide | Temple Coffee
Chapter 4: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee The Fancy Way (Slow Drip Method)
The slow drip method is also adapted from the Japanese and definitely the most aesthetically pleasing way to make cold brew coffee. There is also a big debate about whether this method produces better cold brew than alternative methods.
Although it depends on the amount of cold brew you are making, this is the second fastest method for making cold brew at about 6 hours per 12 ounces of concentrate.
Complete Guide to Ice Drip Coffee | Coffee Geek
DIY Slow Drip Cold Brewer with an AeroPress | Cafe Prima
DIY Slow Drip Kyoto Tower with a Chemex | Skewtoob
Chapter 5: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee with a French Press
If you already own a French Press, this is a good way to make cold brew concentrate through immersion. Keep in mind that most French Press coffee makers will not be big enough to make more than a few cups of concentrate at a time. Also, you will very likely need to filter your coffee through a paper filter after the brewing process is complete.
The French Press method is merely an adaptation of the immersion method with some slight twists.
French Press Cold Brew Guide (with some unique twists) | America’s Test Kitchen
Making Cold Brew with a French Press | The Coffee Compass
Chapter 6: The Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers
Here are what I believe to be the best cold brew coffee makers available right now. I know there are ton of them out there, but in my opinion many of them are unnecessary. In the end, filters (chapter 7) are more important than the coffee makers themselves. You can also make DIY versions of almost all of these coffee makers.
Chapter 7: The Best Cold Brew Coffee Filters
The best way to filter your cold brew coffee is with a paper filter in my humble opinion. However, not all paper filters are created equally. These are my recommendations for filtering your cold brew. Keep in mind that the slow drip method typically uses circular filters, but you can easily create these yourself.
Chapter 8: Easy and Delicious Cold Brew Recipes
While cold brew coffee can be delicious without anything added to it, sometimes it’s nice to spice things up (literally). Here are a collection of cold brew coffee recipes that are great for any occasion.
My Version of Philz’ Mint Mojito Iced Coffee | The Coffee Concierge
10 Tasty Cold Brew Coffee Adaptations | bon appétit
Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream | Coffee Cantata
Cold Brew Pumpkin Spice Frappe | Will Frolic for Food
Chapter 9: Cold Brew Coffee Experiments: The Pursuit of the Best Cold Brew
While cold brew coffee has been around for a long time, there is still a lot that we don’t know about it. Experimentation is very important when it comes to finding the perfect cold brew recipe for your tastebuds.
These are a collection of cold brew experiments to help get you started and offer insight into the best methods for making cold brew coffee.
Room Temperature vs. Refrigerator Steep Experiment | Seattle Coffee Gear
Is Cold Brew Coffee a Scam? Testing Hot Brew vs. Cold Brew | The Coffee Concierge
Chapter 10: The Best Ready-Made Cold Brew Coffee Drinks
Sometimes you don’t want to make cold brew yourself because of the hassle or waiting time involved. For these occasions, there are plenty of ready-to-drink options that you can pick up at your local grocery store. Here is a collection of my favorite RTD cold brew concoctions.
Stumptown Cold Brew Review | The Coffee Concierge
Stumptown Cold Brew with Milk Review | The Coffee Concierge
Secret Squirrel Cold Brew Review | The Coffee Concierge
House Kombucha Cold Brew Review | The Coffee Concierge