How to Make Cold Brew Coffee French Press

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in a French Press

On a hot summer’s day, a cup of cold brew coffee is enough to cool, stimulate your body, and gets you back to your regular routine. Sure, when prepared in the right way, cold brew coffee is the perfect drink you can have in a hot day. Best known for being smooth and less acidic, this coffee gives you an opportunity to taste all the flavors you should be tasting in your coffee.

Besides, if you have stomach issues with acids, you will also love cold brew coffee. Also offering all the caffeinating and cooling properties of an iced coffee, you will not regret grabbing a cup of cold brew coffee. Fortunately, you don’t have to order a cup of cold brew coffee at the nearest coffee house each day because you can make your own at home. So, if determined to make your own cold brew coffee at home, keep reading this article to learn more about how you can make cold brew coffee with a French press.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in a French Press

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in a French Press

But before we dive deeper, let’s have a look at the list of the things you will need to create your French press brewed coffee.

  • French press
  • Coffee beans, you have the freedom to pick beans that are suitable for you.
  • Burr grinder, choose one that produces an extra-coarse grind. If you don’t add coarsely ground coffee be prepared to get grounds and sediments in your cold brew.
  • Coffee scale, to help you maintain accuracy.
  • Filtered water at room temperature.
  • Sealable container, a bit larger than your French press to pour your brew into.
  • A watch or timer.

 See the example below.


  • 6 oz. (About 3/4 cup) of coarsely ground coffee
  • 28 oz. cold water


Place the grounds in the base of your French Press and cover with cold water. Don’t push down your French Press plunger just yet, and place your French Press in a cold, dark place for at least 12 hours. Then, push down your plunger and pour over ice.

Add milk, flavoring, or simple syrup. This is optional but necessary if you don’t like a strong brew. Keep in mind this process results in a strong brew.

Measure and grind your coffee beans

The ratio of coffee to water depends on how strong you like your coffee to be. For example, you may want to consider the ratio of 1:4 or 1:5, that is coffee to water when cold brewing. Concerning coffee beans, remember only to use coarsely ground coffee to avoid getting grounds and sediments in your cold brew.

Add water

Once you decide on the ratio of coffee to water, and after weighing or measuring your water, then proceed to pour the water slowly and in a circular motion. Remember, you are not required to stir. Instead, use the back of a metal spoon to press down on any grounds floating near the top. You are using a spoon to prevent any sticking.

Wait at least 12 hours

This is a crucial step and one that requires you to be patient for at least 12 hours. It is recommended at this time to allow your brew to sit at room temperature. If you rush the process or decide to enjoy your coffee before the 12-hour period elapses, you will end up with a decanter full of slightly coffee-flavored water.

Pour and filter

After the wait is over (at least 12 hours), your brew is now ready to decant. Consider starting by placing the French press top on, and pushing the plunger down only a few inches, allowing it some stability for the upcoming pour.

Enjoy your cold brew

After decanting your brew, you have the freedom to enjoy your cold brew coffee as it is or after diluting. It is only necessary to dilute with milk, water, or ice cubes if you don’t like a strong brew.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in a French Press

Why Make Cold Brew Coffee?

Now that you know how to make a cold brew coffee let’s see some of the reasons why it is necessary to enjoy a cup of cold brew coffee.

  • It is a great way to use up older coffee that might taste stale if brewed hot.
  • Cold Brew Coffee is great in the summer months when the temperatures are hottest.
  • It is simply the easiest way to make coffee even if it does take a little longer.
  • Cold Brew Coffee is perfect for mixing dairy products such as cream, milk, or even ice cream.

Wrapping up

That is all you need to know about making a cold brew coffee in a French press. It is not complicated but a process that requires you to be patient. Are you ready to wait for at least 12 hours for your coffee to be ready? If yes, go on, follow the steps we have discussed, and remember to share your experience.

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Self-proclaimed coffee drinker. I would, on a typical day, start my day by grinding my coffee with a manual grinder and use a French Press as a starter (2 cups), then a pour-over in the afternoon (4 cups). I had my fair share as a barista but I prefer to drink it, not serve it.