How to Make Cold Brew French Press at Home

By August 18, 2016

Can you resist the temptation to enjoy a cup of cold-brew coffee in this hot summer? Once you have tasted cold brew coffee, you will always be fascinated with it. It’s OK. But if you go to cafe or local grocery store, you will definitely pay through the nose. So, it makes sense to make cold brew French Press at home.

cold brew french press

Cold Brew Coffee VS Iced Coffee, What’s the Difference?

Every coffee lover knows how to make a cup of iced coffee, brewed hot, cooled and poured over ice. Cold brew coffee, however, is steeped in room-temperature water or cold water for an extended period. It will never get access to hot water. Compared with regular iced coffee, the cold brewed coffee tastes more delicious, sweeter and smoother.

Related article: Difference Between Hot and Cold Brewed Coffee

Step by Step Tutorial

There are many ways to make cold brew coffee. Here the article shows you how to make cold-brewed French Press at home.

#1 What You Need

  • Coffee beans: It is best for you to choose whole coffee beans instead of coffee grounds to make a perfect cup of coffee. 
  • Scale: Coffee to water ratio affects, to a large extent, the flavor of the cup of coffee.
  • Coffee Grinder: Grinding coffee beans right before brewing coffee is a good choice. 
  • French Press: French Press is a good tool to make cold brew coffee. 

#2 Weigh Your Coffee Beans

Generally,  7:1 water to coffee ratio is used to make cold brew French Press. In other words, for every liter of water you’re going to use about 140 grams of coffee.  So to make 20-ounce or 4 cup of French Press cold brew coffee, you need 84 grams  of coffee. 

Related article: How Much does A Tablespoon of Coffee Weigh?

weigh coffee

#3 Grind Coffee Beans

After weighing, add beans to Coffee Grinder, and then coarsely grind for brewing coffee in a French Press. Fresh coffee grounds taste better than the coffee grounds you buy from store. 

hand coffee grinder

#4 Add Coffee Ground  & Water and Stir

Add the coffee grounds and 600ml of room-temperature water to the French Press. Filter water is better. Then, stir the coffee slowly to make sure all the coffee grounds are in contact with water.

stir coffee

#5 Put Lid on and Set Aside for 12-24 Hours

Put the French Press lid on, and then leave the French Press on the counter or in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. If you want to brew faster, just leave the French Press on the counter. But, if you don’t care about the length of brewing time, just brew it in the refrigerator.

#6 Brew and Enjoy

Slowly push the plunger down and get a clean cold brew French Press coffee. After that, pour the whole coffee to a pitcher. You can serve yourself a mug of coffee once you want. Add ice and milk to your taste. The rest cold brew coffee can be kept refrigerated for about a week. 

cold brew french press

Easy and cheap, you can enjoy tasty cold brew French Press coffee at home.

Youtube Video on How to Make Cold Brew French Press

Comments (60)



  1. I love to enjoy cold coffee. Really great information about preparing it at home is provided.

  2. No I don’t like cold coffee :(

  3. Never Tried Cold pressed Coffee


  5. have to be in the mood for it

  6. No, has to be hot

  7. Im just not sure I could drink it cold

  8. No not at all

  9. im a coffee girl

  10. Takes getting used to – wait for summer!!

  11. Coffee is meant to be drunk hot in my opinion. Cold or iced coffee doesn’t sound too appealing to me!

  12. love it

  13. I have tried cold coffees I like, but have to limit my intake of caffine so my hot morning coffee is still the best.

  14. Love cold brewed coffee

  15. Well i like frappe latte so presumably I’d like this too.

  16. I don’t like my coffee getting cold so this sounds unappealing to me

  17. Wow! This would be great as I don’t mind cold coffee at all. Guess I’ll have to try this!

  18. Yes, I love cold brew coffee from many coffee establishments and would also make my own if I had the time.

  19. I’ve never tried, it does not really appeal

  20. I’ve never tried cold brew coffee, but I should give it a try.

  21. Mmm, I love cold brew coffee – so delicous!

  22. I have never tried cold brew, but I will now. Thanks.

  23. I love it. Mine is the best though. I brew it in for at least 24 hours. SOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOODDD

  24. I love this type of coffee!!

  25. I do like cold brew coffee occasionally.

  26. I don’t like cold brew coffee. I love a hot mug in the morning.

  27. No, I don’t like cold coffee

  28. This reminds me of making Sun Tea, which starts with cold water and sits outdoors in the sunlight all day to steep.

  29. I like it cold on a hot day

  30. I don’t like cold coffee

  31. I tried it years ago. Anyone remember cold Camp coffee with a blob of ice cream on the top?

  32. I never tried this kind of brew , but I bet I wouls like it very much!

  33. i have never heard of this or tried it before but i will next summer for sure, i could have used it this past summer with all that hot humid weather!

  34. I don’t like cold coffee!

  35. I love cold brew coffee!!!!

  36. I like my coffee hot!

  37. I love cold coffee drinks and ice cream – yummy.

  38. I honestly have never tried cold brew pressed coffee. But, I would love to!

  39. Never tried this but don’t have a french press either.

  40. havent tried cold brew coffee before , but would like to try it out and taste it. heard amazing things

  41. I have never tried this but I love coffee so much, I would bet it is delicious!

  42. yes I do! :)

  43. I have only ever tried the instant cold brew coffee where you put a packet in bottled water.

  44. I don’t like cold coffee..I like it nice & hot!

  45. No. I do not like to drink my coffee cold.

  46. YESSS :)

  47. Iced or hot, I love coffee both ways

  48. No I like my coffee hot,

  49. I love it!

  50. No coffee

  51. In it to WIN it! Thank You!!!!

  52. No, coffee has to be hot for me unless it is coffee ice-cream!

  53. i love iced coffee!