How to Make Your Own Cold Brew

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Summer is here in Flagstaff, Arizona, but we know NAU students are staying busy over the next few months. Whether you're interning, working or going to summer session classes, you'll need to stay energized. On the other hand, hot beverages like coffee aren't as appealing once the temperature rises. Luckily, cold-brewed coffee is a cool refreshment that you won't even need hot water to prepare.

Ingredients and Equipment

  • Coffee beans
  • Coffee grinder (optional)
  • Cold water
  • Two bowls
  • Cheesecloth
  • Sifter


  1. Start with coarse ground coffee beans. If you have a coffee grinder in your apartment, buy whole beans and grind them just before you begin. If you need to use the store's grinder, plan to cold brew your beans ASAP.
  2. Place the grounds into one bowl. Add four cups of cold water for every cup of ground coffee. You can make batches of any size you'd like, as long as you stick to the 1:4 ratio.
  3. Cover up the bowl and put it in your refrigerator. Let the coffee steep for about 12 hours.
  4. Place the sifter over a second bowl and layer some cheesecloth inside. Pour the coffee and grounds into the second bowl through the cheesecloth. Throw out the sifted grounds.
  5. Dilute your cold brew if necessary. Remember that cold-brewed coffee is strong! Some people like the undiluted taste, but most prefer to add about one cup of water for every cup of cold brew. Depending on your tastes, you may choose to add in even more water.

That's it! Now you'll have a big batch of cold-brewed coffee that will stay delicious for up to a week. The staff here at Pine View Village apartments in Flagstaff, Arizona, hope you've enjoyed this simple recipe. Please don't hesitate to stop by the leasing office if there's anything you need — even if it's just a friendly chat!

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