The Simple Green - Adaptogenic Cold Brew Coffee


Learn how to make cold brew coffee at home. This recipe creates a cold brew coffee concentrate which can be diluted with either almond milk or water. You can also heat your cold brew coffee blend if you wish. This recipe makes enough cold brew coffee concentrate to make about 4-5 cups of coffee. The concentrate will last several days covered in the fridge with no degradation in flavour.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword coffee, cold brew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Steeping time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 19 kcal
Author Heidi Richter


For the cold brew coffee concentrate:

  • 1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans
  • 4 cups cold or room temperature filtered water

For the Iced Cold Brew Blend:

  • 1/2 cup cold brewed coffee concentrate
  • 1/2 cup chilled almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup or a pinch of pure stevia extract to taste
  • several ice cubes


  1. Mix the ground coffee and water: In a large french press, or 1 quart mason jar with a lid, place the coarsely ground coffee and filtered water. Stir to ensure all the grounds are fully immersed and saturated with water. Cover and place in the fridge to steep for 12 -14 hours.

  2. Filter the coffee: if using a french press, simply use the plunger filter. Alternatively, filter the steeped grounds through a fine mesh sieve, several layers of cheesecloth, or a double lined paper coffee filter (my preferred method). If your filtered brew is cloudy, filter once more (see notes below).

  3. Make the blend: to your favourite mug or glass, add 1/2 cup of cold brewed coffee concentrate and sweetener of choice. Mix until the sweetener is dissolved. Add ice and pour in 1/2 cup of chilled almond milk or water.

Recipe Notes

Don't brew longer than 14 hours as this may create a bitter taste. If your brew is cloudy after a second filtration, it may be that your coffee grounds are too fine- again use a coarser grind. Cold brewed coffee will last several days covered in the fridge with no degradation in flavour. However, you will need to remove the grinds in advance if you plan to keep it longer than a day. Simply pour it into a storage vessel with a lid and keep refrigerated. 

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 19 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 11mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 55mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. This is an approximation of the nutrition offered in this recipe, and is created using a nutrition calculator. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your preferred calculator.