Here, I would like to share an easy 5 step cold brew coffee recipe that will save you a ton of money.

The average American consumes as much as 300 mg of caffeine a day, equal to three No-Doz pills or three cups of brewed coffee. Students are no exception. 

Many students start drinking coffee in college when they need a little pick-me-up to keep them going throughout the day. A few years ago, cold brew coffee began taking over the coffee scene around the around, and people today love it for its lower acidity and higher caffeine content than coffee brewed in hot water. Sadly, take-out cold brew coffee isn't cheap. The price of a medium sized cold brew coffee ranges anywhere from $4 to $6.

Let's say you spend $4 everyday to buy a cup of cold brew coffee. That's $20 a week and $80 a month, assuming you won't buy coffee on the weekends. On the other hand, with a 12oz bag of ground coffee, ranging from $9.99 to $15, you can make 24 cups of coffee. Amazing, right?

You don't need any fancy gadgets to make your own cold brew at home. With a french press coffee maker, ground coffee, and water, you can make cold brew coffee at home without going broke. I brew my coffee and freeze a tray of ice cubes overnight, and I'll be able to drink refreshing cold brew coffee in the morning as I go to school. If you want to take an extra step, you can even make some flavored ice cubes to step up your cold brew coffee game.

After you pour yourself a cup, you can store the rest in a mason jar and keep it in the fridge. Unlike hot coffee that loses its fresh taste once it cools down, cold brew will taste good for a few days.

Another benefit of making cold brew coffee is that you don't need an electric kettle or a pot to boil the water. As long as you have room-temperate water that is drinkable, whether it be filtered or bottled, you can make delicious cold brew coffee. If you like milk and sugar in your coffee, you can add them before you drink.  

So why not get yourself a french press coffee maker and a mason jar this weekend to try this easy cold brew coffee recipe out?

5 Step Cold Brew Recipe

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:12 hrs
  • Total Time:12 hrs 5 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Easy


  • 1 cup = 4 oz = 8 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 7 cups room temperature water filtered or bottled
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  • Step 1

    Pour 1 cup of ground coffee into the french press.
    (If you buy a french press coffee maker, it usually comes with a measuring spoon.)

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  • Step 2

    Pour 7 cups of room temperature water into the french press.

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  • Step 3

    Use a spoon or chopsticks to make sure that the ground coffee is submerged in water. Stir the ground coffee and press it down to make sure that it's not floating on top of the water.

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  • Step 4

    Let it sit for 10-12 hours. (If you let it sit overnight, your coffee will be ready in the morning!)

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  • Step 5

    Press down the plunger and pour yourself a cup of refreshing cold brew. If you like to have ice in your cold brew, you can freeze some ice cubes overnight as well.

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