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If you already know how to make coffee with a French press, then I guess you would be interested in how to make cold brew with a French press.

This is one of the easiest methods to prepare a great cup of joe.

Especially here, you will have to wait between 12 and 24 hours to get the perfect glass.

So, what is French press cold Brew, and how to make it? You will find out in the following lines.

Let’s start.

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Cold Brew Coffee?
  2. What is the Best Coffee for Cold Brew?
  3. Equipment you need for French Press Cold Brew
  4. The French Press Cold Brew Coffee to Water Ratio
  5. How to make a French Press Cold Brew Coffee?
  6. Tips for a Great Cup of French Press Cold Brew Coffee
  7. Why Should You Cold Brew Your Coffee?

What is Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew coffee is created by soaking coffee grounds in water at room temperature or cold water instead of boiling water. In the end, cold brew is 67% less acidic and bitter than regular brewed coffee. This lower acidity lets you enjoy all the flavors you are supposed to be tasting in your coffee. You’ll be amazed at the rich, chocolate softness you’ve missed by making your coffee hot.

Regular coffee uses hot water, which heats the coffee bean of its hull and reduces it to produce more bitter and acidic coffee.

This is why so many people turn toward cold brew coffee because of its taste (not too acidic and more drinkable in black) and sparing the stomach.

boiling water is poured into french press glass decanter

What is the Best Coffee for Cold Brew?

What’s the best type of coffee beans for French press cold brew coffee? Dark roast is the best choice. It provides just enough bitterness, a sweet taste, and a long-lasting finish.

Equipment you need for French Press Cold Brew

Cold-brew coffee made with a French press will require only a few tools you’ve probably already got. The following are the tools you’ll need:

  1. French press coffee maker. You can find a wide variety of French Presses on the market. If you haven’t bought one yet, you can browse and choose one of the best French presses coffee makers on the market.
  2. Mill or coffee grinder: You’ll need to grind the coffee into an Extra-coarse grind (or buy coffee that has been ground). Cold-brew is easy to do with an electric grinder as it can use a large amount of coffee in one go. Note that you have to use freshly ground coffee.
  3. Filtered Water: It offers the most excellent flavor.

The French Press Cold Brew Coffee to Water Ratio

This French press cold brew ratio differs from the conventional cold ratio for brewing. You’ll need more coffee when you make a brew using the French press to obtain the same strength as cold concentrate. Here’s the information you need to be aware of:

  • The ratio of ground coffee to water is 1:6.
  • Cold-brew coffee-to-water ratio 1:1. Your French press cold brew will result in concentrate. For drinking the cold brew, you should use an amount of 1:1. You fill your glass with 1 portion of concentrate plus 1 portion of drinking water (or milk).

How to make a French Press Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew coffee is quite a simple and easy method. The most challenging part is the waiting.

Here’s how you can make cold brew with the French press:

  • Grinding the coffee beans. For a small dose (a few cups), you can grind 1oz (28g) to extra-coarse grind size. Or you can buy coffee ground for Cold Brew French Press.
  • Mix the coffee grounds with 6oz of filtered water. Stir several times.
  • Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours: The pitcher should be covered with foil or plastic wrap and chill for 12 to 24 hours.
  • Scoop and strain: Place the lid on the French press, and then slowly press the plunger down. Pour the concentrate of cold brew into the jar or pitcher.
  • Serving: For serving, mix 1/2 cup of cold brew using 1/2 cup of milk or water. For serving that includes ice, mix the ice by mixing 1/2 cup concentrate of cold brew and 1/4 cup of water.
coffee french press with wooden background

Tips for a Great Cup of French Press Cold Brew Coffee

  • Be sure that your coffee beans have an Extra-coarse grind size. The particle size for cold brew must be 1.5mm. Try not to confuse it with the appropriate grind size for a French Press, 1mm.
  • Use filtered water whenever possible. Your coffee drink will have a more refined, sweeter taste if you use this water to make it.
  • Steep for a minimum 12 hours. It’s okay to cut this time down short, but do not be too strict. Coffee needs this time to absorb the water fully. If you strain too early, it can result in a weaker cup of coffee. Beware of over-steeping as it can begin to remove some bitter taste we’re trying to stay clear of. I would suggest not steeping longer than 16 to 20 hours. For example, Starbucks left the coffee for 16 hours.
  • Cool your cold brew coffee by using ice cubes. It would be better if you use filtered water to make them.

Why Should You Cold Brew Your Coffee?

I can think of three main reasons why cold brew is a great choice, and it would be great if you start preparing it with your French Press.

  • Main characteristics of a Cold Brew method: The prolonged infusion draws the coffee flavor from the beans. However, it also removes many chemicals that make coffee taste bitter and sour. This means that cold-brewed coffee is extremely silky and sweet tasting. It is perfect for iced coffee.
  • Depending on your preference, you can also alter the amount of cold coffee and make it more or less potent. Begin with one cup of coffee steeped in 4 cups of water. This creates a concentrated coffee with high caffeine content. You can put some cold brews in your cup and add water, milk, or both. If the ratio of water to grounded coffee isn’t your style, alter it down until you find the right balance for you.
  • This method of making coffee saves some time every morning. You can prepare a larger dose of cold brew. Then drain it and leave the liquid in the refrigerator. This way, you will have coffee for a day or two but not more than this. An extended storage time (several days to a week) of cold-brewed coffee increases the possibility of microbial contamination and can affect the flavor.
french press cold brew


I hope you are already convinced that cold brew coffee made with a French press has an exceptional taste and aroma. This type of coffee is easy to make, and the result is simply amazing.

If necessary, review the steps and tips for making this coffee again.

Enjoy it.

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