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a glass of iced coffee filled three-quarters full. in front is a shallow bowl with whole roasted coffee beans. in the background is a french press with coffee in it.

easy french press cold brew coffee

You don't need a fancy contraption to make cold brew coffee concentrate. All you need is a French press.
From there, you can dilute the intensely caffeinated coffee concentrate by mixing it with the hot or cold beverage of your choosing: milk, water, hot cocoa, etc.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Brew Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine French
Servings 4 cups


  • ¾ cups coarsely ground coffee beans (can use as much as 1 cup)
  • 4 cups cool water


  • Place coffee grounds in the bottom of a French press.
  • Fill the French press halfway with cool water, and stir. This hydrates the coffee grounds so they don't float on the surface of the water. Add the rest of the water up to the top of the French press, leaving enough room for the lid to sit on top with the mesh filter pulled up.
  • Stir the coffee and water again and put the lid on the French press with the plunger pulled all the way up. Place in the refrigerator for 12-15 hours.
  • In the morning, slowly depress the plunger to filter the coffee.
  • Serve in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio with milk, water, chocolate milk, hot cocoa, flavored creamer, or any other flavoring you want.
  • Store any remaining concentrate in jar, bottle, or pitcher in the fridge.


  • If you aren't able to control the size of your coffee grounds or you have finely ground coffee, drape a coffee filter over the mouth of the French press before you depress the plunger to keep the smaller grinds from sneaking through.
  • Store in a bottle pitcher, or empty French press (coffee grounds removed) for up to a week in the fridge.
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