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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

step-by-step instructions to make cold brew coffee concentrate
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword coffee, cold brew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Brew Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10
Author Sarah Rhodes


  • 1 cold brew coffee maker optional
  • 1 Toddy cold brew system optional


  • 16 ounces coffee ground on coarse
  • 9 cups water cold or room temperature


  • If you’ve never used a Toddy before, rinse your filter out a little bit. Place your filter in the bottom of your Toddy, and insert the plug from the bottom of the Toddy (not inside). You’ll need to be able to pull the plug when your Toddy is full of coffee.
  • Next, pour your coarse grounds into the Toddy.
  • Add your water slowly. I usually add two cups at a time and then pause a minute. Make sure all of your grounds are wet and that you don’t have any dry grounds on top.
  • Cover the top with plastic wrap or foil and let it sit at room temperature. The actual time you need to let it sit is variable—at least 10 hours is good.
  • Once you come back to your batch, hold your Toddy over your glass jar and pull the plug! Place the Toddy over your glass container and let it drain. It’ll take between 10-30 minutes. 


If it looks like it’s having trouble draining, you might need to grab a spoon and stir the grounds around the filter area.