Cold brew coffee is the perfect summer pick-me-up. Refreshing and delicious.
Cold brew is NOT to be confused with iced coffee.
What’s the difference?
The short version: Iced coffee is coffee brewed with hot water and then poured over ice. Cold brew is coffee grinds steeped in cold water for hours.
Each brewing method showcases different flavors, body, acidity, and caffeine.
If you want to nerd out on the flavor chemistry between cold brew and iced coffee, check out our blog post: What is the Difference Between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee?
Adventure Dog Cold Brew
This might be our favorite cold brew recipe…even though it’s not the fastest. But, no cold brew recipe ever is.
This was adapted from our master roaster’s 30-year-old recipe that he used to brew in large quantities for his cafe in Austin.
Note, you are making a concentrate that most people will dilute over ice. If you want more hair on your chest, drink it straight.
While you can use any coffee for cold brew, we’re partial to our Queenie’s Cold Brew. We selected these Arabica beans from one of our favorite high altitude growing regions in South America. This coffee bean has a rich chocolate base and the drying process (sun-dried with the coffee cherry still on the bean) brings in a tart fruity element with a kiss of honey sweetness.
You can also try your favorite medium roast coffee like Ellie’s East African Espresso Blend — which makes for a slightly bolder flavor than Queenie. For more chocolate and nut flavors, go with a dark roast like Bear's French Roast Blend.
- Two 32-oz mason jars
- Coffee filter basket with paper filter. We repurpose the Hario V60 Glass Coffee Dripper, Size 02 because it fits just perfectly over a mason jar.
- 1/2 cup coarsely ground coffee
- 4 cups of cold water
- Pour grinds into a 32-oz mason jar.
- Add water to the 24-oz line in the jar.
- Stir to thoroughly mix the grounds and water.
- Screw on the lid and put the jar in the refrigerator for 20 hours.
- Pour the coffee mixture through a paper filter into a new mason jar.
- Serve over ice. Enjoy!
Do I have to be precise with the 20-hour brew time?
Yes. Any less than 20 and you’ll get a weak brew 😖. Any longer than 20 and you’ll get a bitter one 😬.
What can I use to mix with the coffee?
Whatever tastes good to you and is legal to consume. We tend to favor oat milk or whole milk.