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.
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.
● Milk (optional)
● Sweetener (optional)
- How To Cold Brew In A French Press – Ready-To-Drink Cold Brew
- Method For French Press Cold Brew Concentrate
How To Cold Brew In A French Press – Ready-To-Drink Cold Brew
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
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.
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.