Cool off with Cold Brew Coffee

By: Nikki Sepe on Mar 14, 2017

Cold Brew coffee has officially gone mainstream when Dunkin' Donuts released this new menu item.  Priced at over $3.50 for a cup, cold brew has customers talking.  Here is how cold brew coffee differs from a traditional iced coffee.

cold-brew-coffee.jpg traditional iced coffee is prepared with hot water filtered through coffee grinds, left to chill in the fridge or poured over ice to quickly lower the temperature. 

Cold Brew Coffee produces a less acidic, concentrated coffee.  Coarse grinds are left to steep in cold or room temperature water for over 12 hours, and then strained.  Due to lack of hot water, this coffee has a different chemical composition, producing slightly less caffeine but an overall smoother cup of coffee that is less harsh on those with a sensitive stomach(1,2).  

How to Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee

Items needed:

  1. Coarsely ground coffee beans
  2. Water (cold or at room temperature)
  3. Large container
  4. Filter

Process of Preparation:ready-to-drink-a-cold-brew-coffee.jpg

  1. 1/3 cup of coffee beans should be added to 1 and 1/2 cups of water.  This ratio can be adjusted to personal preference.
  2. In a large container, add coarsely ground coffee beans.  Using a finer ground increases the likeliness of particles in the final product.  Stir together and cover the container.
  3. Allow the container to sit overnight or for at least 12 hours. 
  4. After 12 hours, strain out the grounds using a coffee filter or a cheesecloth. 

This creates a more concentrated form of coffee which can then be mixed with water or milk to personal preference.  Coffee is best served over ice(3).  

Try These Ready-To-Drink Cold Brew Coffee Flavors 

  • Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee doesn’t stop the steeping process at 12 hours but instead lets coffee beans sit for 16 hours and creates a Mexican blend which adds notes of cinnamon, almond and vanilla from sustainably sourced beans grown without chemical pesticides.
  • Stumptown coffee creates a unique “Nitro” brew which adds carbonation to this canned coffee.
    • They also have dairy-free cold brew coffee in a carton, which adds a smooth coconut cream to this ready-to-drink beverage.  
  • High Brew Coffee uses Fair Trade Certified arabica coffee beans to create unique flavors like salted caramel and dark chocolate mocha.
  • Califa Farms creates a cold brew with dairy-free almond milk and also have a featured Black and White flavor for those who do not want added sugar.  Try the Dirty Chai cold brew which mixes their traditional cold brew coffee with a spiced chai for a unique blend.



1.Bonné, Jon. "My Coffee Is Cold." N.p., 20 Aug. 2004. 

2."Why Toddy Cold Brew?" Why Cold Brew Coffee? Toddy. 

3."How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home." National Coffee Blog. Aug. 2016.