Here’s how to make cold brew coffee concentrate

By Kristen Underwood — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

How do I make cold brew coffee concentrate? 

This summer has got me sun-drenched and in a daze. I’m craving something cool, something refreshing, and something that’ll give me a boost to get through these humid days. I need it strong and I need it now. I'm not talking iced coffee, those days are over. I'm talking cold brew concentrate to toss in my cocktails while I'm laying by the pool. Get on my level.  

While I’m soaking up the sun, my drinks are soaking up the ice cubes, leaving me with nothing but a sip of a watered-down, less than worthy drink. It’s time to level up and dive deep into the magic of cold brew concentrate. I need something I can run on all day long, and more importantly, something I can make right in the comfort of my own home since if I'm throwing it in a cocktail, I won't be leaving any time soon.


Before I get into how to make this high-octane beverage, you might be thinking, what is cold brew concentrate? It's essentially cold brew, but more intense allowing you to create one-of-a-kind coffee creations as strong, flavorful, and cold as you'd like. The ratio is different than what you'd find in regular cold brew (hence why it's a concentrate), packing a stronger punch. You can drink it straight up, on the rocks, or mix it in with some of your other favorite beverages for a crazy caffeine hit!


How can I make cold brew concentrate at home?

Step 1: Pick up some good quality beans

  • Go for a robust, medium to dark roast from your local roaster. Death Wish Coffee’s beans are bold and brilliant with hints of dark chocolate and cherry. Even with a swift kick in the pants, they’re goin’ down smoothly.

Step 2: Grind your beans

  • You’ll want to aim for one cup of a medium-to-large grind, not too fine. Grinding your beans at home will give you the freshest result to kick-start your process.

Step 3: Add fresh, filtered water

  • Toss your grounds in a pitcher that is at least 40oz. with an airtight lid and add 4 cups of cool, filtered water. Mason jars are a great alternative, and they look good, too! Now stir, baby, stir! Make sure they’re mixed well before jumping to the next step.

Step 4: Steep overnight

  • Let the combination sit overnight (a full 24 hours) in your refrigerator.

Step 5: Strain

  • The easiest way to do this depending on what you have lying around may be to place a filter over a jar or bottle and run the concentrate through it to separate the grounds.

Step 6: Sip or add to your favorite drink

  • The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Pour ½ cup of the concentrate and ½ cup of water over a glass of coffee ice cubes. If you like a little cream or sugar, now is the time to add it. If it's the weekend and you prefer a cocktail, we're going to be good friends. Stir it up and get buzzin’!

In an airtight container, your cold brew concentrate should keep for up to a week, although, we all know it won’t last that long, anyway. Stay caffeinated this summer, my friends!

Related: The best damn cold brew recipe out there


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