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.


Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: What's So Special About Cold Brew Coffee?

Chapter 2: How To Make Cold Brew Coffee The Easy Way (Immersion Method)

Chapter 3: How To Make Cold Brew Coffee The Fast Way (Japanese Iced Coffee)

Chapter 4: How To Make Cold Brew Coffee The Fancy Way (Slow Drip)

Chapter 5: How To Make Cold Brew Coffee with a French Press

Chapter 6: The Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers

Chapter 7: The Best Cold Brew Coffee Filters

Chapter 8: Easy and Delicious Cold Brew Coffee Recipes

Chapter 9: Cold Brew Coffee Experiments

Chapter 10: The Best Ready-Made Cold Brew Coffee Drinks


Chapter 1: What's So Special About Cold Brew Coffee?Why Cold Brew?

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

 

Chapter 2: How To Make Cold Brew Without a Coffee Maker (Immersion Method)Cold Brew Immersion Method

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)

Japanese Iced Coffee with ChemexWhile 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)

Slow Drip Cold Bruer

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

French Press Cold Brew

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

French Press Cold Brew Guide for Those with a Sweet Tooth | The Kitchn

Chapter 6: The Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers

Filtron Cold Brew

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.

BeanPlus (Slow Drip Method)

Bruer (Slow Drip Method)

Yama (Slow Drip Method)

Bodum Chambord (French Press)

Hario V60 with Carafe (Japanese Style)

Chemex (Japanese Style)

Filtron (Immersion, great for large batches) 

Toddy (Immersion)

Chapter 7: The Best Cold Brew Coffee Filters

Chemex Filter in a Hario V60

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.

Chemex Filters (For immersion and Japanese Style)

AeroPress Filters (For Slow Drip)

Cheesecloth (alternative to Chemex filter for immersion method)

Chapter 8: Easy and Delicious Cold Brew Recipes

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee Recipe

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

Vanilla Bourbon and Mexican Chocolate Cold Brew | MokaBees

10 Tasty Cold Brew Coffee Adaptations | bon appétit

Cold Brew Recipe Book (PDF Download) | Toddy

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

Cold Brew Coffee Experiments

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

“Hot Bloom” for Cold Brew Experiment | Bruer

Stages of Cold Brew Extraction Experiment | Bruer

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

Stumptown Cold Brew With Milk

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