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Homemade cold brew coffee in a glass with ice and milk.

Cold Brew In A French Press

Homemade cold brew in a French press is cheaper than any cold brew that you can buy. It makes 2 cups of coffee concentrate for you to enjoy.
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Prep Time : 5 mins
Infusion time : 1 day
Total Time : 1 d 5 mins
Cuisine: : Western
Course : Drinks
Servings : 4 (half cup servings)
Calories :
Estimated Cost (AUD) : $1.60 or $0.40 per ½ cup of concentrate


  • 4 cup / 32-ounce French press
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring jug
  • Coffee grinder
  • 2 cup bottle/container with lid for storing the coffee concentrate


  • 90 grams (1 cup) coffee beans
  • 3 cups water


  • Coarsely grind the coffee beans.
  • Add the ground coffee beans into a 4 cup French press.
  • Pour 3 cups of room temperature or cold water over the ground beans. Use a spoon and stir several times.
  • Cover the jug with plastic or foil, and put it in the fridge for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, use the French press plunger to slowly press the plunger down into the jug to separate the coffee grounds and liquid.
  • Pour the cold brew concentrate into a clean glass container and discard the ground coffee beans.


How To Serve Cold Brew
The concentrate should be diluted at a 1:1 ratio, which will give you a smooth and drinkable coffee. If you like your coffee weaker or stronger adjust the amount of water you add to suit your tastes.
Serve cold brew coffee with or without milk, sweetened or unsweetened.
If you like sweetened coffee, use a sugar syrup rather than granulated sugar because syrup mixes better in cold liquids than granulated sugar.
How to Make Sugar Syrup
To make 1 cup of simple sugar syrup:
  • Place ¾ cup water and ¾ cup granulated white sugar into a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium/high heat, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 -3 minutes on low heat.
  • Remove from the heat and cool completely before transferring to a clean and dry sealable container.
  • Store in the fridge.
You can make vanilla or hazelnut flavored syrups by adding one tablespoon of either flavor into the syrup after it has cooled slightly.
Nutrition Facts
Cold Brew In A French Press
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Disclosure