Small Batch Cold Brew Coffee

June 30th, 2015 Posted by DIY, Drinks, Non-alchoholic 2 comments

Sweet Jesus it’s hot. Hotter then it’s been in a loooong time, and it’s only the beginning of summer here. How does one stay cool and keep their inner thighs from sticking together? I rely on cold beverages and sunscreen. The sunscreen doesn’t really help with the heat, but my fair skin needs it. 

By now everyone is making cold-brew coffee. And with the heat like it’s been lately, how could I resist it? 

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But it’s so messy to make, and I really don’t want to make a large batch at once because I don’t have a lot of room in my fridge. I’d rather just make a manageable batch that I can use within the next day or two. 

There is a magic ratio out that that you can use to make any sized batch of cold-brew. Thanks to Huff Post and Serious Eats, now you can use that ratio too.

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All you need to remember is 4:1. Four parts water to one part coffee. Mix together and leave it on your kitchen counter for 12 hours. It makes a deliciously strong cold-brew that you can drink as is, or dilute down with water or milk if you want. I used 28 ounces of water to 7 ounces of coffee (by volume, not by weight) Which is a strange ratio, but it fit in my jar. Then you can strain it through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. 


Perfect when poured over ice and a splash of cream. 

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Small Batch Cold Brew Coffee
  • Water
  • Ground coffee
  • Jar or container
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Measuring cup
  1. Using the 4:1 ratio, combine your desired amounts of water and coffee. Set out on the counter for 12 hours or up to 24 hours. The next day, stir lightly and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container. Store in the fridge.
  2. To serve, pour over ice and add desired sweetener or cream.


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Diana Bessler says:

Want to try this, and not sure I would like it. Small batch ratio made it easy. Will let you know how it turned out.🌞 says:

Yes, please do! Have you tried cold brew at all before? It’s like iced coffee but a little stronger. I love it in the steamy summer months.

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