How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in French Press – 5 Incredibly Easy Steps

Been visiting Starbucks, Dunkin’, or your local cafe and ordering cold brew? The drink has exploded in popularity, especially in hot summer months. Plus, if you’re looking for a caffeine kick cold brew can have 1.5 – 2 times as much as drip coffee or iced coffee. That’s not all – our method for making cold brew requires preparation the night before. Once you wake up, there’s no need to grind beans and brew your coffee. Your cold brew coffee in french press is ready to go!

This article is your guide to making cold brew at home, and avoid paying $4-5 at your local cafe. This can also be the first step to make nitro cold brew coffee at home. We’ll walk through the equipment required, how much coffee to add, and other tips and tricks.

cold brew coffee in french press after plunger is pushed

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in the French Press

Cold Brew Equipment

  • French Press
  • Coffee Beans (We like Trader Joe’s!)
  • Coffee Grinder

Yes, that’s really all you need to make cold brew coffee in french press. You may be surprised since cold brew is much more expensive than regular coffee. This is because you can only brew a limited amount at a time. Plus, it has to brew overnight.

Cold Brew Coffee In French Press – Easy Recipe

  1. Grind your beans! We recommend a coarse grind, leaving some larger chunks of beans in the mixture. Grinding too fine can lead to a bitter taste. If you have pre-ground beans you can skip this step.
  2. Add between 1-2 oz’s of coffee for each cup of water you add. Cold brew is forgiving, and the coffee grounds to water ratio can vary based on the type of coffee you use. Feel free to experiment with the proportions here!
  3. After you’ve added the ground coffee, add cold or room temperature purified water. The better your water tastes, the better your cold brew will taste.
  4. Stir the grounds and water with a spoon. Let it sit in a cold, dark place (usually a fridge) for 12-24 hours.
  5. Once you’re ready to drink, plunge the french press. This will send the grounds to the bottom, and you can pour the cold brew into a mug. Enjoy!