Homemade Cold Brew

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For a short time during my preteen years, my oldest sister and I would drive to church separate from the rest of our family so that we could stop by the Starbucks across the street on our way.

At this point, I had just begun what I now refer to as my Babysitting Empire. (It was serious. I had business cards.)  I had been able to make a pretty chunk of change from my neighborhood childcare monopoly, all of which I kept in a cash register in our basement. I imagined this was how all professionals stored their money. Each Sunday, I would go to my cash register and grab a five dollar bill to buy whatever kind of frappuccino my preteen self was into at the time.

If you’ve ever made a habit of regularly buying specialty drinks at Starbucks, you know this gets expensive quickly. One fateful morning I went to grab a five dollar bill and – to my surprise – there was nothing left in the register. So, I did what any sister would do and loudly and publicly accused the most culpable of my siblings for stealing my hard earned cash. The saga unfolded. Drama ensued. A lecture about┬áincome and expenses was given. Basic addition/subtraction was reviewed.

It was a hard lesson in personal finance, which left me totally paranoid of frequenting any coffee shop.

Learn from my mistakes. Don’t break the bank this summer by buying all of the cold brew. Making your own is the easiest! And it’s approximately one thousand times cheaper than buying it at a coffee shop.

Keep your cash in the cash register. Where it belongs.

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Homemade Cold Brew

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A super simple method for making the perfect iced coffee at home.


  • 4 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) good ground coffee
  • 2 quarts water


  1. Combine coffee grounds and water in a large bowl. Stir until combined and cover. Let sit for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Strain the coffee mixture using either a cheesecloth or a regular coffee filter in a strainer. Transfer strained cold brew to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Serve over ice.

If you want to avoid watered-down coffee, use any leftover coffee from your coffee pot to make coffee ice cubes.

glass of cold brew with cream


Adapted from Pioneer Woman.


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