Cold brew guide

Modern Standard's guide to brewing the perfect Cold brew coffee

  • Chemex, filter paper & mug

  • Hot water

  • Scales

  • Bag of delicious coffee

  • Timer

Step 1

To make cold brew coffee, you will need:

  • 200 grams of coarsely ground coffee
  • One litre of water
  • Two containers with lids, each large enough to hold your cold brew
  • Coffee filters or cheese cloth
  • A funnel (optional, can make it easier to transfer coffee between containers)

Step 2

Pour the ground coffee and water into one of the containers and give it a stir. Ideally, your container should be filled as close to the top as possible and it should have a lid to limit the amount of oxidation that occurs during brewing.

A large mason jar with a lid works well for making cold brew coffee. Some people use a French press for brewing their cold brew, simply wrapping the top in plastic wrap to seal it.

Step 3

Let the coffee steep for at least 12 hours (at room temperature). You can place your container in the fridge while it is steeping if you like, but that will extend brewing time to between 15 to 17 hours.

Step 4

Strain your cold brew coffee into your other container, passing it through a coffee filter to catch the spent coffee granules. It is now ready for consumption. Most people will keep their cold brew coffee in the refrigerator to maximise its lifespan. If properly sealed, your cold brew coffee will last for 1 to 2 weeks.

Step 5

Cold brew coffee can be enjoyed in several ways:

Straight Up

If you like your coffee strong, drink it straight from a glass.


If its a warm day, add a few ice cubes and enjoy instant iced coffee

Iced Cold Brew Latte

Add some ice cubes and a small amount of milk (sugar optional)


If the brew is too strong, add a splash of water and have it Americano style.

Cold Brew Soda

Mix some cold brew with soda water, almond coffee syrup, and ice

Pro-tips: cold brew ratios

Remember, there are two factors that go into determining how strong your cold brew coffee will be:

  • The ratio between coffee and water
  • How long you leave the brew to steep for

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