How To Cold Brew Coffee with a French Press

Cold brew coffee is all the rave these days, and for good reason. Wondering how to make cold brew coffee with a french press? Fortunately you’ve come to the right place!

How To Cold Brew Coffee with a French Press

Unfortunately when Summer comes around, most folk tend to retire their trust old French Press to the back of the cupboard. Cause who wants to drink a boiling hit drink on a boiling hot day? Yes, there are some crazies out there, but the vast majority of us prefer something cool, refreshing and sprightly (yes, sprightly).

Fortunately, some Japanese folk thought up a new method to brew our beloved coffefreshly made cold brew ice coffee with a french press, ready to be servede to make it enjoyable even while the blistering sun is out. How? By having it cold of course…

I’m sure most of you have tried cold brewed coffee or at least seen it at your local Starbucks. Want to try making it at home? Well fortunately you can make a cold brew coffee with a French press and the end result is helluva tasty!

So don’t pack away your trusty French Press, it’s not done yet!

Cold Brew Coffee with a French Press – Easy and Delicious!

What you’ll need:

  1. Your French Press of course. My favorites are the Cafe Du Chateau 8 Cup and the Bodum Brazil 8 Cup, but any should do the job perfectly.
  2. Your favorite beans
  3. A grinder to grind up those lovely beans
  4. 3 – 3.5 cups of room water temperature (depending on how strong you like your coffee)
  5. Patience…

Right, now that you have all the things you need to make your cold brew, let’s dive right in!

Step 1: Grind up your beans

You’re going to need to grind your beans up with a quality burr grinder if possible. A blade grinder will do, but a burr grinder yields the consistent grind we’re looking for.

The grind must be very coarse, one up from a French Press grind. Around around 90 grams of grounds will do the trick.

Step 2: Add the water

Slowly pour in the 3-3.5 cups of room-temperature water. Try pour in a slow, circular fashion and give the grinds a good stir.

Step 3: Store and brew

Pop the plunger on and store your French Press in the fridge for at least 12 hours. This will ensure that all oils and flavor from your beans will extract and end up in your cup. Lovely!

Read to drink cold brew coffee with a french press with blue sea behindStep 4: Enjoy

When the 12 hours are finally over, start plunging slowly. Some sediment might pass through, especiallly if you’re using a French Press with a metal filter. If you’re not a fan of this, then running it through another filter will ensure you have a clean cup. The Hario V60 does the job perfectly.

Finally, add some ice cubes, sit back and enjoy! You’ve waited a long time for this, but we promise the wait is worth it!

Enjoyed the article? Do you have your own delicious way of making cold brew coffee with a French Press? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,


2 thoughts on “How To Cold Brew Coffee with a French Press”

  1. My Wife’s a coffee addict and has been contemplating making her own cold brew ice coffee. Like you mention, she chooses the ice cold version in Starbucks when out shopping on warm summer days.
    Thanks for all the tips on how to make the perfect ice cold coffee. We have a French Press but lacked the knowledge on grinding. Now you have explained about the Burr Grinder, we’re on our way.
    What’s the reason you have to keep it chilled for 12 hours as opposed to making it from ice cold water from the fridge, does the coffee require a longer brewing time to enhance the taste?
    Thanks again for your recipe,

    1. Thanks for reading Simon, I’m sure you and your wife will enjoy the recipe!

      So normally when making coffee the extraction takes place because we use hot water. If you simply use water from the fridge extraction won’t take place at all. Leaving the coffee in the plunger with water for 12 hours allows for full extraction to take place with the end result being a full-bodied, beautifully brewed cup of ice coffee.

      And yes, a good burr grinder goes a long way!

      Hope this helped, let me know if you have any other questions.

      Keep well,

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