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How to Brew Cold Brew in French Press?

Cold brew coffee has never been more popular.

French Press Cold Brew at a Glance

What do you need?

140 grams of coffee. medium-dark or dark-roasted coffee for cold brew.

8 cups (1 liter) French Press. Here are my top French Press recommendations.

Coffee scales. Any regular kitchen scale will do the job.

Mill; makes an excellent home grinder, which you can find here.

Wooden spoon.


Total brewing time: 12:00 hours.

Yield: 8 cups (1L).

Mug Features: Heavy and sturdy. More Flavor, Less Acidity.

Easy French Press Cold Brew Coffee

The good news is that you probably already have most of the coffee supplies you need to make it happen. Without further ado, here is my guide on how to make cold brew coffee with a French Press.

This French Press cold brew coffee is so easy you'll look forward to making it right away.

Step 1: Weigh and Grind the Coffee

Most cold brew coffee recipes use a water/coffee ratio of 7.1. In layman's terms, you should add about 140 grams of water for every liter of water. You can read more about coffee brewing rates.

For this #cold #brew recipe, I use 1 liter of French Press (8 cups), but if you are using a smaller French Press, adjust your coffee and water amount accordingly.

After weighing your coffee, you'll want to set your grinder to a coarse grind as you would normally do for regular French Press brewing.

Your grinder is one of the most important pieces of coffee brewing equipment you own. Good coffee can only be obtained with equal extraction, which is only possible with equal coffee particle size. You need a good burr grinder to make sure you have an even, uniform particle size.

Step 2: Add Room Temperature Water

Add your ground coffee to the #French #Press, shake gently to flatten the grounds. Slowly pour 1 liter of filtered water (roughly 4 glasses) over it. Filtered water is recommended for all other coffee brews, but if you find it difficult, you can get away with cold brew with tap water.

Step 3: Stir the Coffee Grounds

The trick to making sure your French Press cold brew is top-notch is to ensure that all floors are completely submerged. To do this, take a spoon (wooden if using a glass French Press) or a plastic AeroPress blender as I used it and move it slowly so that the coffee grounds are completely submerged.

Step 4: Long Standby

Place your lid on your French Press, but don't dip it yet. Any good cold brew coffee takes time, and with this coarse grind, your cold brew French Press needs at least 12 hours to brew at room temperature.

Unlike other hot coffee brewing methods that require heat for extraction, cold brewing takes the place of heat over time to get an adequate extraction from your coffee. The longer your coffee is brewed, the more oil and aroma are released from your beans.

Step 5: Application

After 12 hours, it's time to sample your creation, but wait here, it can get a little tricky. After 12 hours of brewing, coffee grounds become more volatile with any agitation, so carefully push down on the French Press plunger, which is just above the coffee grounds.

Step 6: Drink and Enjoy

Now is the time to enjoy delicious French Press cold brew coffee.

This French Press cold brew recipe produces a very concentrated coffee, so we recommend mixing 60/40 coffee with cold water or adding just a few large chunks of ice.


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