pouring creamer into a glass of homemade cold brew coffee

I start out each and every morning with coffee. It’s the first thing I do when I get up. I do it before I make my bed, feed Max, or put on my contacts. Coffee first, always.

Of course, in the warmer months there is nothing better than a giant cup of iced coffee. In the summer I’ve simply brewed strong coffee, then poured it over ice. But you know what? It’s just not that good. That is why, my friends, homemade cold brew coffee is everything.

homemade cold brew coffee in a jar

Cold brew vs iced coffee

Instead of brewing the coffee hot like you do for iced coffee, you brew it cold. Hence the name. Dur. It makes your coffee creamier and richer. Plus, there is less acidity and more flavor. Cold brew is much stronger than regular iced coffee, because you have to brew more coffee beans in the cold water than you do with regular hot coffee. Because of this, you should add milk or water to the cold brew concentrate when you’re ready to enjoy it, otherwise the cold brew will be far too strong.

two glasses on homemade cold brew coffee on a board

How to make cold brew coffee

I’ve got an easy peasy method to make cold brew at home. All you need is water, coarsely ground coffee, and a cheese cloth to strain everything once it’s brewed. I also added a little cocoa powder to my coffee, which gave it an undertone of chocolate. I mean, why not, right?

Now, because you’re brewing the coffee in room temperature water, it takes a lot longer to be properly extracted. My suggestion is to make it in the evening, then let it sit overnight. Once you strain it in the morning, you’ve got a perfect coffee concentrate that will last for up to 5 days in the fridge.

This homemade cold brew coffee recipe can be easily scaled up, too. Just use 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee for every 4 cups water. Then when you’re ready to drink it, pour equal parts of the concentrate and water or creamer into a glass, and you’re good to go.

homemade cold brew coffee next to a container of creamer

What’s the best coffee creamer?

I’ve been brightening up my morning routine with International Delight’s newest product, Simply Pure. I absolutely love it because it’s made with real cream, milk, and cane sugar, and has only 5 ingredients. Simply Pure comes in 3 flavors: Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Caramel. I couldn’t resist the caramel cream, and it truly exceeded my expectations. I actually said “wow” when trying it for the first time in my cold brew. It’s the right amount of sweet without being too sweet, and adds a little something special to my morning iced coffee. I’m totally hooked, and have the vanilla flavor on my grocery list next!

What do you do each day to make your morning awesome? If it’s not coffee, you’ve got some cold brew-ing to do, loves 🙂

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The Only Cold Brew Coffee You’ll Ever Need

  • Author: Sarah Fennel
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Ingredients

For the cold brew concentrate

  • 6 ounces quality coffee beans, coarsely ground
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 cups water, room temperature
  • cheesecloth, for straining

For the creamer

Instructions

  1. In a large vessel, mix coffee beans and cocoa powder. Pour in water, stirring so all grounds are fully moistened.
  2. Cover tightly with saran wrap, then poke a holes in the top to allow air to escape. Place in fridge for at least 12 hours (overnight works great).
  3. Once steeped, strain the coffee over a cheesecloth into a second large vessel. Squeeze the coffee grounds to remove all liquid. Throw away used grounds, then repeat process again, straining out any additional sediment (this makes the difference between murky and clear coffee!). Place into an air-tight container, keeping refrigerated until ready to use. Will last 5 days in fridge!
  4. Note: This will make about 7 cups of coffee concentrate. When you’re ready to drink it, pour it over ice, then add the same amount of water. This will dilute your coffee to the proper level, otherwise you’ll get a huge caffeine buzz!
  5. For the most delicious coffee, I suggest International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamer. The caramel flavor makes for a perfect caramel iced coffee!

More drink recipes from Broma Bakery:

Ultimate Skinny Caramel Mocha

Liquid Gold Tahini Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Vegan Hot Chocolate

The Ultimate Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all my own.

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Girl, you had me at COFFEE but this method of cold brewing is has life-changing potential, I can tell! Omg, and I LOVE that first shot of the coffee being poured! Your photos keep getting better and better!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you SO MUCH. You have no idea how much it means that you say that, I feel like I’ve turned a new leaf so I SO appreciate that 🙂

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I will take 1000. Today.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I used up all the cold brew getting the pour shot. Now I want more.

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Sarah, your photos make me so happy. This coffee looks incredible ( I LOVE cold brew) and with all the swirly, gorgeous cream? Too great! Can’t wait to try this.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you SO MUCH, Chelsea! That’s so kind of you!

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I LOVE cold brew!! Funny because I just got some at the s’bux this morning. Shame on me, I know. I usually brew my own too but #lazy. Gorgeous photos as always, chica! xx

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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(Channeling GOT) Shame. Shame. Shame.

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Yup.
This is it.
Yes. Mondays. Caffeine.
Perfect. 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Mondays, mucho caffeine, and some caramel. What could be better? 😀

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Need 75 of these 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Mhm. I make us some 🙂

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This is perfect!!! Love cold brewed iced coffee.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Marla!

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I live on iced coffee in the summer, so I love this. Must try that cream!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s SO GOOD! You’ve gotta 🙂

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Cheers to the longest pour shot I’ve ever seen – I’m drinking an iced coffee in your honor!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Aww, thank you darlin’!

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I’ve tried a handful of cold brew methods and ratios of ground coffee and water to no avail. Hoping this is the one I’ve been searching for! Beautiful photos too!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Ari! I did a lot of researching before settling on the ratios, so hope you enjoy!!

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That pour shot is epic Sarah! Cheers for coffee all day, erryday ha 🙂

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I love this! Cold brew is a lifesaver in the summer, for sure. And these photos! OMG, they are gorgeous!

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Just ordered myself some cheesecloth – can’t wait to try this!

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I make cold brew all the time, I use 1 cup coarse ground coffee to 4 1/2 cups cold water, mix to wet all the grounds then cover and pop into the fridge 24 hours, I read somewhere that bacteria will grow in the mix if leftist at room temp. I strain twice; once through a fine mesh strainer then through the same strainer lined with a paper coffee filter. I use half water and half brew hot or cold, lasts about a week in my fridge.

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cold brew coffee is hands down my favorite – is it wrong that i drink it year round?? the thought of adding cocoa powder – brilliant by the way – is so exciting that i’m making a batch tonight!

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Yummmm, looks so good. I’m gonna make it right now.

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I’ve been looking for something like this – thank you!! Also, your photography is wonderful 🙂

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Is there an alternative to cheese cloth? Thank you!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Regina! You can try with a kitchen towel, but it will ruin it from the coffee stains. Cheesecloth is very inexpensive, and you can order it on Amazon.

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