Perfect Homemade Iced Coffee

Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it’s a coffee house iced coffee treat!

Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it's a coffee house iced coffee treat!

Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it's a coffee house iced coffee treat!

It’s snowing (again…) here in KC. So an iced coffee sounds fantastic to me. Normal, right?

Granted, it does not matter what season it is or what the temperature is outside, I will always crave and choose an iced beverage over a hot one.

Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it's a coffee house iced coffee treat!

It might be for the fact that my two-year-old niece may have more patience than I do; and I end up cursing at myself for not waiting and burning every taste bud off.  Forget savoring anything for the remainder of the day. Boo.

Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it's a coffee house iced coffee treat!

After spending my monthly paycheck at Starbucks on my morning pick me up’s, I decided it was time to experiment in the kitchen. After all, I did spend two wonderful years in college as a barista and attempting to make the ‘entirely too long coffee concoctions’. To be perfectly honest, I was in love with this job. I was able to work a full day and be off to tackle the world by 1:30pm.  I can thank the fact that I am an early bird.  Secondly…the pastries. OH MY, THE PASTRIES. My goodness.  With every order, I would ‘accidentally’ break a pastry. Oh shoot, can’t sell it! Must consume it! That job had many perks beyond the caffeine high I got every day.

Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it's a coffee house iced coffee treat!

After moving on from Starbucks, I realized I no longer had the luxury of free beverages and that was the start of my expensive addiction.

Then it hit me. Hello, iced coffee is so simple! It is much more than pouring hot coffee over ice. Please, please, please do not go that route. It dilutes the pure, coffee flavor and also gives you luke warm iced coffee. No bueno.

Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it's a coffee house iced coffee treat!

The process of soaking coffee beans overnight, rather than brewing coffee and chilling has many other benefits. It reduces the acidity by up to 70%; so if you think coffee is too bitter or if it bothers your stomach, then cold brewing is for you!  It also enhances the flavor of the coffee beans; so your caramel drizzle will taste more like caramel than just a regular cup of joe!

Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it's a coffee house iced coffee treat! To make iced coffee, it could not be any simpler. Coarse ground coffee beans of choice, then in a large container, combine beans and water. Let it sit overnight; filter the next morning then pour a glass, sweeten it up, finish it off with a dash of milk, then sit pack and enjoy your masterpiece while saying so long to Starbucks!

Oh and since it is a day that Irish Cream fits perfectly into…I think I will enjoy a glass topped off with a dash of my homemade stash. Happy Monday to me!

Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it's a coffee house iced coffee treat!

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Homemade Cold Brewed Coffee
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Simple, homemade cold brew coffee that will make you think it's a coffee house iced coffee treat!
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 8
  • 6 oz coarse ground coffee beans
  • 6 cups cold water
  • For Serving, Milk, Liquor and Sweetener, of choice
  1. In a large container, combine coffee beans and water. Make sure all the coffee beans are covered and saturated.
  2. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature overnight, 24 hours is ideal.
  3. Set a fine mesh strainer, (optional: line with cheesecloth), over a pitcher or another container. Slowly pour coffee mixture through strainer, allowing all the liquid to seep through. You may need to help push the liquid through the strainer. Pour the mixture through the strainer one to two more times to ensure all the grounds have been caught. (This is where a cheesecloth comes in handy.) Discard grounds after filtering.
  4. Place coffee in the fridge, in a sealed container and allow to chill until ready to use.
  5. To make an iced coffee, add 1 cup ice cubes to glass. Add a 1:1 ratio of coffee to water in class and mix well. Add sweetener and milk to taste, stir well. Taste and adjust milk and sweetener if needed.
  6. Sit back and enjoy!
Recipe inspiration from BS in The Kitchen and Pioneer Women

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If you make this recipe, make sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #HOUSEWIFEINTRAININGFILES. I’d love to see what you are cooking up in your kitchen!


      • Tracy Anderson says

        Meg – quick question – dumb one too probably but I wanted to be sure before making this – do you leave the coffee beans WHOLE overnight or do you ground them first? I’ve never used coffee beans before, so I wasn’t quite sure. Thank you! :) Can’t wait to try this as I too have an extreme addiction to Starbucks AND my son is a Barista, so I get a lot of perks! :)

  1. says

    Wow – I cannot wait to make this! This coffee looks amazing and I am loving all of these beautiful pictures :). I am totally with you, I love iced coffee more than in any other form. Now that you made this fabulous cold drink, Spring has to get the memo and stop delaying its arrival! Pinned :)

  2. says

    I admit, I’m not much of a coffee drinker (though I *might* just have a caffeine problem :) ), but this looks incredible and I am going to have to try it.

    I hear you on the winter weather. It was snowing in Chapel Hill, again, yesterday, too. and to think, I used to like snow. :)

    • says

      Thanks, Katie! the best part is you can add more water to make it not as strong! Along with add chocolate milk, sweetener, etc to make it a real treat!

      And I agree! Two months ago I was begging for it…now I am begging for it to get ouuta town!

  3. says

    My husband drinks iced coffee 365 days a year…can’t stand the hot stuff, he won’t even touch it. He’s nuts. But I LOoooove iced coffee in the Summer! It’s such a delicious pick me up in the afternoons, or mornings! Love this!
    P.S. I was a Starbucks barista in college too..I LOVED that job..the 4am-12..ehh, I could have done without that, but that was also what began my expensive addiction. Totally worth it!

    • says

      Oh me and your husband are so alike then! My fiance drinks it during the summer and on occasion during the chillier months! It’s just so tasty! And i am with you on the afternoon treat…it’s more like a dessert than anything!
      OH wasn’t that job the best? Only if jobs nowadays could be so relaxed….

  4. says

    I’ve been making ice coffee by pouring hot coffee over ice and it always comes out too watery and diluted (just like you said). I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong but now I know. Will be trying this tomorrow!

    • says

      Thank you Kristin! Who know that something simple such as iced coffee was a bit more than chilling brewed coffee?! Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  5. Rachelle says

    I’ve been doing cold brew for a while and recently I’ve been using a French press to make it! It works perfectly! I now am completely addicted to my decaf French roast – stevia – dash of caramel syrup – almond milk in the morning! Love your post!!

  6. Michelle says

    I love iced coffee! Canadian here… so I have a question about your measures:

    I’ve made cold brewed iced coffee before, but am always confused by the proportions! I know “ounces” can mean weight or volume, and depending on which one you choose, you get a different measure. Is your 6 ounces of coffee in weight or in volume? Last summer I tried a recipe and weighed my coffee, because I assumed if it’s a dry measure it means weight, but it filled almost my entire French Press with grounds. So I’m thinking maybe coffee grounds should be measured in fluid ounces?

    I’m definitely ready to try again, because my iced coffee habit has been breaking the bank even though there’s still snow on the ground. Thanks for the recipe!

      • Lacey says

        Every time I make cold brew it is so much coffee grounds, that’s like half a bag! Is there a more cost effective way to make it?

        • says

          Hi Lacey, unfortunately that is the process to ensure you get a true flavor. Granted, when you make the brew, it is concentrated so you use a 1:1 ratio of cold brew to water. Hope that helps!

  7. says

    Hi there, Meg! I’m a Kansas City girl, too! Lee’s Summit to be exact, but born and raised in the city! Great to find your blog as I was browsing Pinterest!

    I’m an iced coffee lover, so I am going to give this a whirl. I’m in search of the perfect cup of iced coffee that won’t break the bank, and this sounds like a viable candidate!

    It’s snowing again right now as I type this. What the what??!?!?!?!! This weather is insane!

    Nice to “meet” you! Have a great week!

    • says

      Hi Alycia! So nice to “meet” you!! And welcome :)

      I am glad to hear that my coffee makes it in the runnings! Hope you love it and saves you a buck or two!

  8. says

    My roommate in college worked at starbucks and she loved it too. I’ve been using this method for iced coffee for about a year now and I love it. I don’t drink much coffee but I love the smell and flavor of strong coffee and this tastes great. I usually let it sit for 24 hours and then strain and my husband has coffee for the weekend (and I always get a taste). We live in Hawaii so it doesn’t get cold enough that hot coffee even sounds good so it’s always Iced coffee. I usually use 100% kona (a hawaiian coffee that is the best).

  9. Kelsey says

    This might be a dumb question, but how many fluid ounces of water do you use for this? 6 oz surely isn’t enough to serve 8?

    • says

      Goodness good catch! That is supposed to be 6 cups! Then when you go to make the coffee, you add a 1:1 ratio of water, milk, etc because the coffee when brewed overnight makes it concentrated so you dilute when you create your tasty beverage!

    • says

      To get coffee grinds, it is ideal to have a grinder like you have below or if you have a high powdered blender (such as Vitamix) you can process the beans in there. Hope that helps!

  10. Kristin says

    I tried it~ you mention a caramel drizzle…. I tried to melt a caramel candy into the drink but all it did was harden up in the drink and didn’t blend into it. How can I get a caramel flavor? I can’t buy the caramel syrup from the store because I’m allergic to dairy. :-(

  11. Kathy Trout Revier says

    You have me ” hooked” with this recipe. I will be a ” true-blue” follower! Your recipes are down to earth with easy to have on hand products and foods and produce great results and taste!

  12. Audrey says

    Hi! This iced coffee looks AMAZING! I was just wondering if it would be the same if I just chilled coffee in the fridge then poured it over ice?

    • says

      Hi Audrey! Well thank you! Actually, above in the post I explain why its different and why not to just chill it and pour over ice. Cold brew coffee actually soaks the coffee beans and infused the water, thus making the coffee less acidic and much smoother. So it is easier on your stomach along with pro ducting a much stronger flavor.

      Hope you enjoy!

  13. Evan says

    So just to get this right…weight of the coffee is 6 oz …which is about 2 1/4 cups……not 6 fluid oz.

    • says

      I weigh the coffee on a scale, not by cups so to say it is 2 1/4 cups is taking into accounts two different measurements. But you are correct, it is not 6 fl oz.

  14. Laurel says

    Many years ago (50 plus!), my parents both enjoyed iced coffee in the summer; a lot of their friends thought they were nuts – I prefer to think they were just way ahead of their time! Back in the day, there were no fancy schmancy coffee machines – only the good old-fashioned drip or percolator type; my mum always used a drip coffee pot. She would use the “dregs” of leftover coffee to make coffee ice cubes, so that their cold drinks weren’t watered down – they both enjoyed a fairly strong brew. As a kid, I can remember being allowed to get a couple of coffee ice cubes, some sugar and some milk, in a glass and waiting somewhat patiently for the cubes to melt… I’m quite sure that’s when my love of all things coffee-flavoured, was born.

    • says

      Laurel, love that story! I would say they were definitely ahead of their time! Trend setters, I say 😉 Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  15. says

    Thanks for the write up, I was wondering how it would work if you were to put the 6 oz of coffee grounds into a piece of cheesecloth rubber-band it shut and then let is sit overnight! and remove like a tea bag. I guess Ill experiment! looking forward to you irish ceam recipe!

    • says

      Hi Dirk,

      I honestly cannot say since I have not done it. But let me know if your experiment works out; I would love to know! And I hope you love the irish cream. Its a popular one around here for sure!

  16. Amy says

    Oh this sounds amazing. But, I went and ground the beans first before weighing them. Was the 6 oz weight you use before or after grinding? Not quite sure now what to use since I ground it already.

  17. says

    I already tried making iced coffee with my friends and we just used a coffee powder sold commercial for it, it turns out that the taste is not that good and ends up to be diluted most of the time. Thanks to you for making this blog available and by the way that cheese cloth thing is just amazing.

  18. Darlene says

    I don’t have a scale, but I did notice someone post a question regarding your 6oz weight measurement equaling about 2 1/4 cups of coffee(grounds) does that sound about right to you, I would really like to try making this iced coffee. Thanks for this recipe, I love iced coffee but failed in making it in the past.

  19. Jim says

    One suggestion … Don’t discard your grounds. Instead, save them for your flowers or better yet a tomato plant. They will help the soil and reduce your waste!

    • says

      I love that idea! When I used to work at Starbucks would we save them. And I can now that I live in a house rather than a condo with no yard! Thanks for the reminder :)

    • says

      Hi Jessica,
      You don’t want to use completely ground coffee as it will make your cold brew really bitter and it will make the filtration process easier. Grinding too find can heat up the grounds and negatively affect your cup. Also make sure you are using freshly roasted beans. Typically, ground coffee has been sitting for some time and the flavor isn’t there.
      Hope that helps!

  20. pietrina says

    It does sound tasty but i am too lazy to wait overnight to enjoy my coffee. So i just make me a fredo cappucino or fredo espresso and i’m ready to take over the world!

    • says

      Yes it does take a bit of prep but I love cold brew coffee as it is a bit sweeter! And I am not sure what fredo coffee’s are; will have to look into them!

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