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Create the Best (and Cheapest) Iced Coffee in Your French Press

Is coffee one of your favorite food groups? Me, too!

So, how do you brew?

The French press is our go-to apparatus. After trying other forms of brewing, this elegant carafe just does the job. The winning formula is based on the instructions from a barista at Crema, one of my favorite coffee and bakeshops in Portland.

Here’s the method for the giant (51-ounce) French press, and check out for anything you want to know about making great coffee:

  • 60 grams coarse-ground coffee (2.12 grams–why, oh why, did the US never go metric?)
  • 200°F water
  • 4 minutes brew time

And, we solved the problem of keeping the coffee hot with an insulated carafe. A $21 investment.

It works so well that it keeps the coffee that Benjamin makes at 5 a.m. hot when I pour myself a cup at 7 a.m. {So, when I say “we,” I really mean my generous and loving barista of a husband.}

Now, it’s warming up enough {hello, 81°, where ya been?) to enjoy our morning cup on the front porch. {Note to parents: this is the solitary moment of the day when we have uninterrupted airwaves–generally.)

So, I made my first batch of cold brew of the season this week.

Homemade Cold Brew

I used to buy Stumptown’s cold brew. And I believed it was, like, a special extraction type of product at $4 a bottle.

Little did I know then that coffee lovers have been making it at home for centuries! The cold brewing process produces the more complex flavors and less acidity. And a lot more buzz per volume.

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Cold brew is the easiest brewing method–provided you can stand to wait overnight for the ground coffee to steep in cool water.

Cold Brew Coffee Makers

Your trusty French press can do double duty, so there’s no need to purchase one of the cold brew coffee makers for sale. The smoothest cup comes from a second straining through a cone coffee filter.

Some people swear by the Aeropress for cold brew. Here’s what worked for me on my last camping trip: a mason jar with a cone filter. I just love no-tech solutions!

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Any way you make it, the resulting cup is sooooo smooth! I pour it straight over a tall glass filled with ice. It’s so robust that even as the ice melts, it’s still plenty strong.

Or, you can dilute it with water or add a splash of milk, coconut milk or nut milk to taste. With or without sweetener this is the best afternoon pick me up.

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And you can keep that $4 in your pocket.

Let the kids have their afternoon popsicles. I’ll take a homemade cold brew.


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Homemade Cold Brew

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Lynne

This formula produces a smooth and full-flavored brew without any bitterness. It is a ratio of 1/2 ounce of coffee per cup of water, so you can increase or decrease the recipe as needed.

I love the simplicity of this method, which involves just ground coffee, water and your French press (or a glass jar) and a 12-hour window. I recommend a cone filter for straining the coffee thoroughly. 


  • 3/4 cup packed (2 ounces) ground coffee
  • 4 cups cold water preferably filtered
  • ice, for serving


Combine the coffee and water in a French press or glass jar. Let sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 20 hours.

  1. Place the lid on the French press and depress the plunger. Line a cone filter with a coffee filter over a glass or jar and pour the cold brew through the filter for best results. 

  2. If you do not have a French press pour the cold brew directly into the lined coffee filter. Due to the amount of coffee grounds, it will take a little longer to strain.

  3. Serve the cold brew over ice. Or, dilute it with water or your favorite milk product to your taste and sweetener, if desired.



  1. Doing this…and thanks!

    1. Cool. Hear we’re all going to need a lot of cold brew in the coming heat wave!

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