Cold Press Iced Coffee

Cold Press Coffee

This is not your traditional heat brew coffee, but it’s cold water that brings out the java flavor! Cold press coffee is all the rage, and I wanted to figure out why? I made a pitcher of fresh coffee with coarsely ground beans from my local farmer’s market. I noticed that the chilled water steeping process brings forth a bolder flavor, than coffee made with hot water. It’s the perfect cup of iced coffee, no bitterness with a hint of a sweet, smooth flavor.

  • 3 cups cold filtered water
  • 9 tablespoons (a bit more than 1/2 cup) good quality coursely ground coffee (the proportions I used are 3 tablespoons of coffee to 8 ounces of water)
  • ice
  • milk, half and half or water
  • sweetener of choice (The best choice is a simple syrup which is equal parts water and sugar, heated until the sugar dissolves completely)

In a French coffee press or a pitcher, soak the coffee grounds in cold filtered water, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12-16 hours. After the grounds have steeped at least 12 hours, gently press the plunger down. If you’re using a pitcher than put the mixture through a coffee filter or fine mesh sieve. You can dilute the coffee with water or milk, if it’s too strong (and it will be very concentrated.) As a decaffeinated coffee drinker, I used Nicaraguan Swiss Water Process decaffeinated coffee. Since there are no chemicals used in the decaffeination process, that leaves the healthy antioxidants intact. Serve the coffee over ice and enjoy!


  1. BJ

    This is an absolute MUST for anyone who is an iced coffee purist! Smooth, complex, and easy to make. Thanks Pam for making it so easy!

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