Today’s post is a cold brew coffee concentrate recipe. It makes me crazy that you can buy it premade in the store because it’s very expensive. Once I show you how to make coffee concentrate with a French Press you’ll never buy premade again. You can buy a cold brew coffee maker on Amazon, but all of them cost more than the French Press that’s already in your cabinet. No French Press? The direction tell you how to make cold brew coffee in a mason jar too!
Here are some great syrups and drinks to dress up your first batch of homemade cold brew coffee:
Turn yours into a vegan pumpkin spice latte for fall with my pumpkin coconut caramel sauce or with some homemade pumpkin-spice cashew creamer. The caramel has actual pumpkin in it and the creamer has no actual pumpkin – just spices.
Photo by Ann Oliverio
You can use any coffee and I usually look for what’s on sale. If you like flavored coffee try making your next batch using the cold brew method.
Add the ground coffee and water to your French press and let it sit 8 to 24 hours. I usually just do 8, but the longer it sits the stronger your concentrate will be.
When the amount of time you want it to steep has passed, you will simply push down the plunger.
That will trap the grounds below the filter. A few grains may pour out with the concentrate, but you can filter it through a fine mesh strainer if it bothers you. I’m fine with it, or maybe I’m just lazy!
If you mixed everything together in mason jar, you will need to strain it through a nut milk bag or a fine mesh strainer.
The concentrate will be stronger than brewed coffee. You will either thin it out with water or make it super-rich with extra nondairy milk.
It’s perfect for iced coffees since it’s already cold. But you can also just add hot water to it to make yourself a hot cup of cold-brewed coffee. It will still have less acid in it than hot-brewed coffee. Can you believe how simple that was?
Step by Step Cold Brew Coffee from The Easy Vegan Cookbook
Coffee concentrate is dirt-cheap, and you get to make it with the roast you like best. The hands-on time to make it is about 5 minutes—maybe 10 if you grind your own beans—and it keeps in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. Printed with permission from The Easy Vegan Cookbook
- 2 tablespoons (11 g) ground coffee per 1 cup (237 ml) your French press holds
- Water to fill French press
- Add the ground coffee to your French press.
- Add water until the mixture is about a finger’s width below the pour spout.
- Carefully place the filter/plunger so that it is just on top of the grounds, keeping
- them under the water. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
- In the morning, gently press down the plunger to push the coffee grounds to the
- bottom. Pour into your favorite pitcher (with a lid) or mason jar(s) and store in the
Have you gotten your copy of The Easy Vegan Cookbook yet? Be sure to tell me about your favorite recipe in the comments below. I’d also love it if you’d leave a review on Amazon.