Learn how to make Perfect Iced Coffee with this easy cold-brewed coffee concentrate recipe- all the flavor of sweet iced coffee without the bitterness of burned hot brew for perfect iced coffee anytime!
1 Quart sized Mason Jar
1 cup Coffee grounds (unbrewed, not leftovers!)
Water to Fill
Add 1 cup freshly ground coffee to the mason jar and add enough water to completely fill the jar (about 3 1/2 cups). Let the grounds settle and absorb and top off with additional water. Cap the jar and place it in the fridge for at least 12 hours. The coffee will “brew” without the bitterness associated with hot brewed coffee. If you prefer the “bite” of hot brewed coffee, leave the jar on the counter overnight, rather than refrigerating it. It adds a certain kick or slight bitterness that is often found in Hot brewed coffee.
Once the coffee has set overnight or for at least 12 hours, Strain the brew carefully, reserving the coffee grounds to make another batch. (They can be reused once & still maintain excellent flavor). I recommend using a tea infuser to strain as it works great to catch the coffee grounds and prevent a cloudy end product. Once you’ve reused the grounds once to make more concentrated coffee, don’t toss them out, here are 21 more ways to use them!
To Make an Iced Coffee:
2 oz Coffee Concentrate
1 Tbs Sugar (more or less to your preference)
Milk or half & half or skim
Fill Glass with Ice, add 2 shot glasses of concentrated coffee, fill 1 shot glass with HOT water & add 1 Tbs of sugar to the hot water, stirring to dissolve. Pour that onto the glass, fill to the top with milk. Stir and voila, you’ve just copied Starbucks Iced coffee for about 1/10th of the price.
The coffee concentrate can last in the fridge up to 2 weeks, however in our house it rarely lasts more than 3 days as it’s a favorite in the summertime!
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