DIY Cold-Brew Coffee

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  • 1 pound light roast coffee beans (preferably African), ground for French press or coarser
  • Milk, for serving (optional)


  1. 1. Combine 1/2 pound coffee grounds with 6 cups cold water in a large pitcher or glass jar. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Add remaining coffee grounds and 3 cups cold water, making sure all the grounds are wet. Cover, and let steep, at room temperature for 12 hours or in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  3. 3. Pass mixture through a fine sieve set over a medium bowl; discard coffee grounds. Line sieve with a standard coffee filter and pass mixture through again; discarding any remaining sediment. Pour coffee concentrate into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  4. 4. To serve, dilute concentrate with an equal proportion of water or milk.

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