Finding the perfect iced coffee can be super tricky. While it’s certainly acceptable to use your Keurig to make coffee and then cool it in your fridge, it’s not the same as a quality iced coffee from your local coffee shop.

Enter: cold brew coffee. Cold brew is essentially what it sounds like: you place freshly ground coffee into a jar with water to create a concentrate (aka super strong coffee), which you steep for a minimum of 24 hours.

After filtering out the grinds, you’re left with perfect iced coffee that isn’t bitter at all. The best part? You can use any coffee you want for this, so you don’t have to rely on the bland coffee pods anymore for your morning routine.

I like to combine vanilla coconut milk with a little bit of vanilla coffee creamer to create a sweet, creamy treat.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 24 hours
Total Time: 24 hours and 10 minutes

Servings: Three 8 oz. servings


1 ½ cups ground coffee
3 cups filtered water


1. Use a quart sized mason jar (32 oz.) and fill with ground coffee. I prefer to buy whole bean coffee and grind it myself because it stays fresher.

2. Cover the coffee grounds with the filtered water and stir well with a spoon.

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3. Place in the fridge and steep for at least 24 hours.

4. Line a funnel with a coffee filter (I generally use two) and place in a clean quart sized Mason jar.

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5. Slowly poor the coffee mixture into the filter. You may have to pour it in small quantities so it does not overflow. Make sure to get all of the coffee grinds into the filter.

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6. After pouring out all of the liquid, press the coffee grinds down into the filter to squeeze out all of the coffee concentrate.

7. Run the cold brew through a new clean filter to make sure that you get all of the coffee grinds out of the mixture.

8. Serve with desired milk and sweeteners. Concentrate can be stored in the fridge, tightly sealed in a container, for up to two weeks.

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