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Perfect Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

Preparation 5 min Total Time 0:05

I make this recipe extra-easy by brewing before I go to bed at night in my 4-cup french press* and just pressing first thing in the morning. I'll just go ahead and admit that I buy my coffee pre-ground and it works great. A standard grind is fine, but look for one -- or grind yourself -- a little on the coarse side of standard. Use a coffee you like, and you may be surprised how much more you like it when you brew this way. I like a strong, small cup, and that's what this brew yields when served with a generous splash of milk. You can treat it like a concentrate and dilute it with cold filtered water to taste without any loss of quality.


  • 80 grams (scant 1 cup) ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups cold filtered water
  • Ice cubes
  • Milk of choice or additional cold filtered water, to taste


  • Into a 4-cup french press, liquid measure or jar, pour the ground coffee, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour in half the water and stir well. Add remaining water and stir again.
  • Let sit at room temperature or in the fridge overnight, then press or strain through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag into a clean container.
  • To serve, fill glass with ice and pour in coffee and milk to taste. Dilute with cold filtered water if desired.
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    Recipe Notes

  • * I say 4-cup, the manufacturer says 8-cup because they call 4 ounces a cup. What??
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