How to Cold Brew Coffee Like a Pro (and 4 recipes to try right now!)

How to Cold Brew Coffee Like a Pro (and 4 recipes to try right now!)

Summer is here and so is cold brew coffee-sipping season! As temperatures soar, nothing is more refreshing than an ice-cold 100% Hawaiian coffee to cool you down. We love cold brew coffee so much we created a unique 100% Kauai Coffee made just for cold brewing at home. So if you're ready to skip the line at your local coffee shop, find out how to cold brew coffee like a pro, try our recipes, and fill your cart with specially-crafted, coarse ground 100% Kauai Coffee today! Stock up on 100% Kauai Coffee Cold Brew or something unique from our Estate Reserve collection online now.

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What is Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew is coffee made by steeping coarse ground coffee beans in cold water for 12-16 hours. The steeping process takes much longer than a typical cup of coffee prepared with a hot-water method such as drip, espresso, or French press because cold water requires more time to extract flavor from the grounds than hot water.

Because of the increased steeping time, cold brew coffee is generally described as smooth, mellow, and low in acid. However, cold brew coffee is also highly concentrated and best enjoyed over ice with milk, water, or other additions to dilute. So, even though it takes more time to prepare cold brew coffee, the resulting concentrate is easy to keep in the refrigerator for quick cold coffee drinks and recipes – it is an excellent addition to baked goods and desserts!

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How to Cold Brew Coffee

One of the best things about cold brew coffee is that you don't need fancy equipment or precision to make a delicious batch at home. We recommend starting with a ratio of approximately 3/4-cup coarse ground coffee for every 25 ounces (about 3 cups) of cold, filtered water. Here is everything you need to make the perfect pitcher of cold brew at home.


  • 1 pitcher

  • 2 cups coarse ground 100% Kauai Coffee Cold Brew or Estate Reserve Coffee

  • 8 cups cold, filtered water


  1. Add 2 cups of coarse ground coffee to the pitcher.

  2. Slowly pour 8 cups of filtered water over the grounds.

  3. Stir the coffee gently until all grounds are saturated.

  4. Cover the pitcher and let it sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 12-16 hours. The longer your coffee steeps, the more concentrated it will become.

  5. After desired steeping time, filter the grounds out of the pitcher and store cold brew coffee in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.

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Cold Brew Coffee Recommendations and Flavor Notes

Time and temperature significantly affect extraction, or how much flavor, acids, and other compounds are pulled out of coffee beans during the brewing process. Using cold water to brew coffee instead of hot leaves behind some of the acids that hot water easily extracts. This is why cold brew coffee is milder, less acidic, and often elevates chocolatey, nutty, and fruity flavor notes.

Our 100% Kauai Coffee Cold Brew produces an extra smooth, rich, and flavorful cup of coffee with a hint of sweetness. However, many of our Estate Reserve and 100% Kauai Coffees are also excellent in a cold brew preparation. Try one of these for an authentic taste of Hawaii.

Estate Reserve Typica Medium is naturally sweet-toned with a delicately complex flavor and lingering hints of sweet berry. The ripe berry notes are elevated when cold brewed, making it an excellent choice for summer sipping. Pair with a fruity scone or muffin for a delicious breakfast combination.

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Roastmaster's Choice McBryde Estate is pleasantly sweet with rounding hints of chocolate, dry berry, and floral notes. Do not wait; cold brew this bean immediately for a rich, dessert-like cup of coffee. You'll wonder how you drank anything else! Enjoy with a chocolate-covered fruit or fruity candy on the side for a special afternoon treat.

Toasty Banana Nut Cream is 100% Kauai Coffee with a hint of sweet, tropical banana, creamy vanilla, and toasted hazelnut. It is exceptional in any preparation, but cold brewing creates an extra creamy mouth feel and decadent cup of coffee. It's like the perfect slice of Hawaiian banana bread in a glass.

You can't go wrong cold brewing Kauai Coffee! For more nutty, chocolatey, and fruit-forward options, browse our Estate Reserve and 100% Kauai Coffee collections at

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Can't get enough cold brew? Try one of these recipes with your favorite Kauai Coffee for a tropical twist!

Toasty Banana Nut Iced Latte

Pour 1 cup of 100% Kauai Coffee Toasty Banana Nut cold brew concentrate over ice and top with cold frothed milk. Sweeten with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon for a tropical iced latte!

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Iced Macadamia Nut

  • 1 cup 100% Kauai Coffee cold brew concentrate

  • Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Milk

  • Optional: Sweetener of choice (we love coconut sugar or coffee blossom honey!), a pinch of Hawaiian sea salt

Pour 1 cup of concentrate over ice and top with whipped Hawaiian Macadamia nut milk. Add preferred sweetener to taste and finish with a pinch of Hawaiian sea salt (trust us!) Stir and enjoy.

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Coconut and Coffee Soda

  • 1 cup 100% Kauai Coffee cold brew concentrate

  • 1/4 cup coconut water

  • 1/4 cup sparkling water

  • Ice

  • Optional: Sweetener of choice, mint and lime wedge for garnish

Pour the concentrate and coconut water over ice. Top with sparkling water and stir in optional sweetener. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves. Refreshing and tropical!

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Coconut and Coffee Tropical Popsicles

  • 1 13.5-ounce can of coconut milk

  • 1 cup 100% Kauai Coffee cold brew concentrate

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1 cup coconut flakes

  • Chocolate sauce (optional)

Combine the coconut milk, coffee concentrate, honey, and cocoa powder in the blender. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove popsicles from the mold, dip them into chocolate sauce and coconut flakes, and enjoy!

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