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  • How to make cold brew coffee at home

    February 04, 2022 2 min read

    How to make cold brew coffee at home James Coffee Co.

    We love experimenting with different brewing techniques, but for the summer, cold brew is no doubt our favorite! It is easy and when you make a big batch you'll have coffee for weeks. During the cold brew process, time replaces heat. Coffee is never exposed to high temperature which makes a balanced and smooth cup of iced coffee.

    Here's our house recipe for cold brew concentrate made with the Toddy Cold Brew System (you can also use a bucket and strainer):

    What you'll need:

    • 12 oz/ 340 grams of coffee (we love Shop Blend for cold brew)
    • 56 fl. oz (about 7 cups) of filtered water
    • grinder (we recommend using a burr grinder, but electric grinder will also work)
    • scale
    • Toddy cold brew system
    • a large bucket
    • fine mesh sieve
    • cheese cloth 


    • Set your grinder to coarse and grind your coffee. You want the ground coffee to resemble coarse sea salt.
    • Place the ground coffee into your brewing container (if you are using the Toddy System, make sure to insert the stopper, dampen the filter and insert it into the bottom of the brewing container before you place the coffee in there).
    • Slowly pour the filtered water over your grounds and make sure to get all the coffee wet (you can use the back of a spoon to dampen the grounds floating on top).
    • Steep your coffee grounds for 20 hours at room temperature (set a timer!).
    • Filtering the coffee: Line the mesh sieve with cheese cloth and place over any container/pitcher (whatever you'd like to store your cold brew in). If you use the Toddy System, just remove the stopper and let your coffee concentrate flow into the glass decanter.
    • Cut your concentrate with water. We recommend a 1:1 ratio, but you can always change it up to your liking. For 2-3 servings, mix 2 cups of water with 2 cups of cold brew concentrate.
    • Serve over ice and enjoy!

    Your cold brew concentrate can be stored up to two weeks in your refrigerator. Cold brew all day, every day!