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Like making cold brew at home but want something a little different? We’ve got you covered. Here’s three quick recipes using cold brew concentrate that you can make at home. 

A quick cold brew recipe 

Before we get started, we’ll of course need cold brew. Our cold brew recipe calls for brewing a strong concentrate, and typically it is cut 1:1 with water when served to bring it closer to the strength that we’re used to with most drip coffee. To make the concentrate combine ~½ cup (50g) coarsely ground coffee and ~1 2/3 cup (400g) cold water in a jar or French press. Cover and let the coffee brew at room temperature for 12 hours. Filter out the coffee grounds, and you’re all set! 


Like making cold brew at home but want something a little different? We’ve got you covered. Join us for three quick recipes using cold brew concentrate that you can make at home. Tune into the livestream on Wednesday at 10:30 to brew along with Brian! 

Cold Brew Soda 

Instead of diluting cold brew concentrate with water try a 1:1 ratio with soda water. In cafes espresso tonics come in and out of popularity with the seasons, but few have espresso machines in their kitchens. Cold brew soda is both more accessible (very little equipment required) and uses soda water over tonic. Coffee is already a relatively bitter beverage and tonic adds more bitters in the form of quinine, so opting for soda water ups the effervesce without adding bitterness. 

In testing we found that we even liked a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio (coffee : water) for brighter, lighter roasted coffees. Just as adding a little water can help “open up” a nice whiskey the lower concentration of coffee allowed more subtle nuance to come through. For coffees roasted medium and darker a 1:1 was more ideal.

One last note: add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a cold brew float. Seriously. Everything you love about ice cream floats + coffee. You won’t regret it. 

Vietnamese style cardamom latte 

Want something a little sweeter? This drink is like cardamom coffee ice creamThe sweetened condensed milk and sugar make for a nice foam when shaken together cocktail style.  

  • 2oz cold brew concentrate
  • 1oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp raw sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom* 

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or cocktail shaker with 4-5 ice cubes and shake until frosty and frothy, about 20-30 seconds. Yields 1 ~8oz beverage. 

*Can’t find cardamom? Replace cardamom with equal parts cinnamon or cocoa powder. 


Miele means honey in Italian and with the help of a quick honey syrup you can make an iced honey latte with cold brew standing in for espresso.  

  • 2oz honey simple syrup
  • 3oz cold brew concentrate
  • cinnamon
  • Milk of choice 

Fill glass with ice. Pour your milk of choice into the glass, leaving room for honey and cold brew. Add cold brew and honey simple. Finish with a dash of cinnamon on top. Stir and enjoy. 

Honey simple recipe 

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup warm water   

Mix honey and warm water. Can be stored in the refrigerator or on the counter. (Also, makes a great sweetener for tea, vinaigrettes, and cocktails!) 

Have a question or a topic you’d like to see covered? Shoot us an email at [email protected], or tune in to the livestream Wednesdays at 10:30am, Brian will be taking questions in the chat! 

Scott Klepper
Scott’s first cafe job served Portland Coffee Roasters. He’s still in coffee eight years later because of the people and community. The free coffee helps.