How To Cold Brew In A French Press In 2 Different Ways

Looking for an easy way to make cold brew at home? We’ll give you the steps on how to cold brew in a French press.

How to cold brew in a french press
You can make cold brew in a French press

Although cold brew isn’t typically made in a French press, it can be done with some time and patience.

Cold-brew is usually made by mixing coffee grinds with water leaving it to brew for a few hours. However, the critical thing about cold brew isn’t what you make it in; but how you make it. As long as you brew it chilled and not hot, you can make a cold brew.

You don’t need to be a barista to make the perfect cold brew at home in your French press. We’ve listed two different methods to make cold-brew coffee in your French press.





Milk (optional)

Sweetener (optional)

How To Cold Brew In A French Press – Ready-To-Drink Cold Brew

What is a French press coffee maker?
You can make a ready to drink french press cold brew coffee

This first method will give you a French press cold brew coffee that’s ready to drink straight from the fridge.

Step 1: Grind Your Beans

Grind your coffee beans until they’re the right consistency and size. Generally, medium to coarse-ground coffee beans is best when it comes to cold brew.

Fresh-ground coffee beans are recommended because they taste slightly better due to their freshness. However, you can use pre-ground coffee beans and skip this step.

Step 2: Add To The French Press

Put your coffee grounds to the French Press and fill it up with water. A good ratio to go by is 1 part coffee to 8 parts water. Do not push the plunger of the French press down during this step.

Step 3: Place In The Fridge

Refrigerate your French press for 12 to 15 hours. The longer you leave the coffee, the stronger it will be. However, try not to leave brew for more than 24 hours, as it could end up much too bitter!

Step 4: Push Down The Plunger

When you’re ready for your cold brew, remove the French press from the fridge and push down the plunger.

Step 5: Serve

Fill a glass with ice with your cold brew and enjoy! Feel free to add sweetener or stir in some cream.

Method For French Press Cold Brew Concentrate

Pouring milk into cold brew
You can dilute cold brew with water or milk

This method for making cold brew coffee in a french press sees you first create a concentrated cold brew that you will need to dilute before drinking. If you like this post, you might enjoy reading about how much coffee is in a French press.

Step 1: Grind Your Coffee Beans

Grind your coffee beans until they’re the right consistency and put them aside. If you have pre-ground coffee instead, feel free to skip this step.

Step 2: Add To The French Press

Add your coffee beans to the French press and fill with water. For a concentrate, the ratio of coffee to water will be different. One part coffee to 4 parts water should be good, but if you want your cold brew to be even stronger, you can add one part coffee to two parts water.

Step 3: Put It In The Fridge

Refrigerate your French press for several hours or overnight. Do not push down the plunger just yet.

Step 4: Remove From The Fridge

Once enough time has passed, remove the French press and push the plunger down.

Step 5: Dilute The Cold Brew

You can dilute the cold brew with water or milk. The ratio of concentrated cold brew to water or milk can be 1:1 if you want it strong or 1:2 for a weaker brew.

Step 6: Serve

Add ice and any sweeteners, cream, or flavored syrups you want, and enjoy!


If you like this article, read our guide on how to grind coffee beans for cold brewing.

In this article, we cover how to make cold-brew coffee.


  • Aisling O'Connor

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