DIY : How To Make Cold Brew At Home – Heather Weber – Medium

One of my favorite ways to start off a day is with a nice iced coffee and I’m sure many would agree. But being on a budget has made me have to come up with a lot of alternative ways to enjoy some of the things I like most. Just think about it, if you get a cold brew coffee at Dutch Bros. just 4 times a week, at $5.25 each you are spending $21.00 a week, $84.00 a month, and a whopping $1,092 a year! Now I don’t know about you, but I could plan a great trip with that money.

So here it is! A quick, easy, and cost effective way to brew your own cold brew concentrate at home.

What you’ll need:
– 1 Cup of Coffee Beans, ground (medium-course grind)
– Two large mason jars
– Fine mesh strainer
– Funnel (optional)
– 4 cups of water (cold or room temperature)


  1. In one mason jar, combine 4 cups of water and 1 cup of ground coffee.
  2. Place lid on mason jar and shake to mix, then leave it to set at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours.
  3. Place funnel into second mason jar with mesh strainer inside the funnel and pour the mixture into the strainer.
  4. Whoomp! There it is! Cold brew concentrate! The 4 cups of concentrate will make about 8 cups of iced coffee and will last 2 weeks in the refrigerator without losing freshness.


Now remember, this is a very concentrated coffee and it is important that before drinking it you dilute it. Don’t learn the hard way like I did by drinking 3 cups of concentrate. Dilute it. Find a ratio that works best to your liking, but I prefer a 1:1 ratio. 1 part concentrate, 1 part water, and I even add in some flavored almond milk to add sweetness. Pour that all over ice and enjoy!

Find your favorite coffee grounds and get started on making your first batch of cold brew! And while you’re at it, start planning your next vacation with all that money you’re going to be saving by brewing at home. If you need some idea’s on adventures to take in Oregon, check out my other post on 5 destinations you must see in Oregon!


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