French Press Cold Brew (2023)

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Written By Anh Dung Pham

Looking for an easy way to make cold brew coffee? Try French Press Cold Brew! This simple method uses a coffee tool you already have to make your favorite coffee with ease. We’re big fans of cold brew’s smooth flavor here, but it can be a little messy. It holds back the dirt and ensures an easy brewing process. What actually to do!

Key Takeaways

  • In the world of coffee brewing, the French press is a tool that offers a versatile method for coffee lovers.
  • This apparatus enables the creation of French press-cold brew, a process where coarse coffee grounds interact with cold water over an extended brewing time.
  • The resulting beverage boasts a lower acidity and a uniquely smooth flavor, standing out from its hot brewed counterparts.
  • Adjusting the coffee-water ratio impacts the strength and flavor profile, making customization simple.
  • Additionally, the French press is not limited to just cold brew; it can produce a range of coffee styles, solidifying its place in the hearts of caffeine aficionados.

What is Cold Brew? Why use a French Press?

What is Cold Brew? Cold brew is coffee made by soaking coffee grounds in water at cool temperatures.

It is different from coffee filter or coffee brewed, which involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds in a coffee filter. What sets it apart? Its silky smooth flavor makes it ideal for iced coffee.

Why make cold coffee in a French press? The advantage of this method is that it is a little cleaner and easier than the traditional cold coffee method.

The French press makes it easy to strain the coffee: just dip it in and drink! You need a slightly different ratio than the traditional method. So be sure to follow the recipe below.

Best coffee for cold brew

Which coffee is best for cold brew coffee made using a French press coffee? Dark roast coffee. Light and medium roasts are great for pour-over coffee, but cold brew tastes best with dark roast coffee. It gives it just the right bitter, rich finish. Some brands recommend: Starbucks Espresso Roast or Intelligentsia Black Cat.

Equipment you need

Tips for using your french press only requires a few tools, most of which you probably already have. Here’s what you need:

  • French Press Coffee Maker: The Bodum brand has been making this coffee accessory since the 1940s. We use this Bodum 34-ounce (1-liter) French Press.
  • Coffee maker or grinder: You need to grind the coffee to medium coarse (or buy pre-ground coffee). We use this Bodum electric coffee grinder. Cold brewing is easiest with an electric grinder, as it uses a lot of coffee at once. This hand coffee grinder works too, it just takes a lot longer.
  • Filtered Water: Filtered water has the best taste; We use this water filter pitcher. Or skip if you don’t have a filter.

The French press cold brew Ratio

The French press cold brew Ratio

Here’s the lowdown on cold brew coffee made using a French press if you’re used to making cold brew using the standard method. The French press ratio is different from the standard cold brew ratio! If you brew in French press, you will need more coffee to get the same strength of cold brew concentrate. Here’s what you should know:

  • Soil to water ratio: 1:6 by weight. Expressed in grams, this is 140 grams of coffee to 840 grams of water. In cups this means: 2 cups of grounds coffee and 3 ½ cups of water.
  • Ratio of cold brew coffee concentrate to water: 1:1. When you use French Press, you end up with a pitcher of concentrate. To drink the finished decoction, use a 1:1 ratio. In other words, fill your jar with 1 part concentrate and 1 part water (or milk).

How to Make Cold Brew in a French Press

 Actually making cold brew with a French press is a very simple and gentle method. The hardest part? Wait 24 hours for the coffee to be ready. How to make it in a French press (or skip to the recipe):

  • Grind the coffee: Grind 140 grams (2 cups) of coffee beans to a medium-coarse grind.
  • Mix coffee grounds and water: Add the grounds coffee and 3 ½ cups filtered water. Stir several times with a spoon.
  • Refrigerate for 24 hours: Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap or foil and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. (You can cover it with the top, but the piston must be on top, making it difficult to fit in most refrigerators.)
  • Dip and strain: Place the lid on the machine and slowly press the plunger all the way down. Pour the cool brew concentrate into a large glass jar or pitcher.
  • To serve: To serve, dilute ½ cup cold brew with ½ cup water or milk. If serving with ice, use the ice with ½ cup cold brew concentrate and ¼ cup water.

How to Store Cold Brew

How to Store Cold Brew

Once you have made your cold brew coffee, it’s essential to store it properly to maintain its flavor and extend cold brew coffee’s longevity. Transfer it to an airtight container, such as a glass jar or airtight bottle, and store it in the refrigerator. Cold brew can be kept refrigerated for up to two weeks without significant flavor degradation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does French Press coffee Last in the Refrigerator?

In the refrigerator, it can last for up to a week. However, it’s best to consume it within the first 3-4 days for optimal freshness and flavor.

Can I Use Pre-Ground Coffee for French Press Brew coffee?

Yes, you can use pre-ground coffee for it. However, it’s recommended to use a coarser grind to prevent over-extraction.
Experiment with the amount of coffee and brewing time to find your desired taste.

What Is the Difference Between French Press Cold coffee and Traditional Hot Coffee?

The difference between they is that one is steeped in cold water for a longer period of time. The other uses hot water for a quicker extraction.

Can I Use Flavored Coffee Beans for French Press Brew coffee?

Yes, you can use flavored coffee beans for it. The brewing method extracts the flavors, resulting in a delicious and aromatic cold brew. You will enjoy the added taste of your chosen flavor.

Are There Any Health Benefits to Consuming French Press Brew coffee Compared to Other Coffee Brewing Methods?

There may be health benefits to consuming it compared to other coffee brewing methods. It might be easier on your stomach because of its potential higher antioxidant content and lower acidity.
It may have higher levels of antioxidants compared to other coffee brewing methods. This is because the grounds coffee are steeped in cold water for an extended period of time, allowing more antioxidants to be extracted. Antioxidants are healthy substances that can aid in defending your cells against harm from free radicals.
Additionally, it might have less acidity compared to other brewing methods. For those with sensitive stomachs or those who are prone to acid reflux, this may be helpful. The cold brewing process tends to produce a smoother and less acidic coffee, making it easier on the stomach.


Now that you know homemade cold brew coffee guide, you can enjoy the benefits of this refreshing and smooth beverage right at home. You may make a fantastic cold coffee that will sate your coffee desires by following the step-by-step instructions and utilizing the best coffee beans.

Remember to use the French press properly and experiment with different brewing times to find your perfect cup.

So go ahead, serve yourself a glass of French press brew coffee and savor every sip. Feel free to pour yourself a cup of French press brew coffee and thoroughly enjoy each sip.  


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