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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee with Ground Coffee

Cold brew coffee is a favourite drink for many in the hotter months, and for good reason! This delicious beverage offers a smooth, rich flavor with lower acidity than hot brewed coffee. It’s perfect for those hot summer days or as a refreshing pick-me-up any time of year. In today’s post, I’ll show you how to make cold brew coffee with ground coffee and a Mizudashi Coffee Maker. It’s a fantastic tool designed specifically for this brewing method. With step-by-step instructions, tips, and serving suggestions, you’ll be enjoying your own homemade cold brew in no time!

I’ve made cold brew coffee with a simple plastic container and paper towel as a filter. However, my most favourite cold brew method is using the Mizudashi Coffee Maker. This inexpensive coffee pitcher with a built-in filter makes creating cold brew so easy. Plus, the shape stores perfectly in the fridge. You could store a pitcher of this for a week, and use it for delicious concoctions like this refreshing Dirty Iced Matcha Latte.

Why Cold Brew Coffee?

Homemade cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period of time, usually 12-24 hours. This process extracts the natural flavors from the coffee beans without the bitterness and acidity that can come from regular coffee hot brewing methods. The result is a smoother, naturally sweeter, and more refreshing cup of coffee. It’s a yummy way to enjoy your favourite drink if you’re a coffee lover like I am!

Why Use the Mizudashi Coffee Maker for Cold Brew?

The Mizudashi coffee maker is designed specifically to make cold brew coffee. It makes it easy and convenient to create the perfect brew at home. Its unique design ensures optimal extraction, and the included filter allows for hassle-free brewing and cleanup. I also love how it’s tall and skinny, making it fit well in the fridge.

There are other cold brew coffee makers available on the market, and you can find a lot of different options on Amazon. They’re all similar with a fine mesh strainer filter inside a tall glass jug.


  • dark, coarsely ground coffee
  • filtered water

See recipe card for quantities.


Add the coffee grounds to the filter: First, take the included filter out of the cold brew coffee maker and add the measured coffee grounds. Make sure to spread the grounds evenly, allowing for optimal water flow. For a rich and flavorful cold brew, I recommend using a 1:4 ratio of coffee to water. In the Mizudashi coffee maker, that’s about 1 cup coffee grounds to 4 cups water.

Add cold water: Next, place the filter back into the coffee pitcher. Then, slowly pour cold filtered water over the coffee grounds, ensuring that all the grounds are saturated. Now fill the coffee maker to the handle area of the Mizudashi coffee maker, or until you’ve poured in about 4 cups of water.

Steep the coffee: Then, place the lid on the coffee maker and let it steep in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. The longer the steeping time, the stronger the flavor. I like mine steeping for about 15 hours. I put my pitcher in the fridge at night, and enjoy a cold brew the next afternoon.

Remove the filter: After the steeping time has elapsed, carefully remove the filter from the coffee maker, allowing any excess liquid to drain.

Serve and enjoy: Finally, your cold brew coffee is ready to enjoy! Pour it over ice, add milk or sweetener if desired, and savor the smooth, refreshing taste.

Hint: To achieve the best results – use coarse grind, dark coffee. This will ensure proper extraction and prevent the filter from becoming clogged. In my experience, it’s OK to use cheaper coffee to make cold brew. I don’t notice the subtle notes once it’s cold brewed.

Serving Suggestions & Storage

Cold brew coffee is versatile and you’ll enjoy it in many ways. Try serving it:

  • Over ice cubes for a classic cold brew experience
  • With a splash of milk, cream, or your favorite non-dairy alternative (I like to add a foamed milk with a pump of vanilla syrup)
  • Sweetened with simple syrup, honey, or flavored syrups
  • Blended with ice cubes for a refreshing cold brew frappe

To store your cold brew coffee, keep it refrigerated in the coffee maker pitcher. It should remain fresh and delicious for up to two weeks.

Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee with Ground Coffee

Christina Dennis
Learn how to make a delicious cold brew the easy way with a simple coffee maker and ground coffee.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Brewing Time 12 hours
Course Drinks
Servings 4


  • 1 Mizudashi Coffee Maker or similar cold brew coffee maker


  • 1 cup ground coffee coarse, dark
  • 4 cups water filtered


  • Remove the filter from the Mizudashi Coffee Maker and add the coffee grounds into the filter. Place the filter back into the coffee maker.
  • Pour about 4 cups of filtered cold water into the coffee maker, or until the water reaches the handle line.
  • Place the lid on the coffee maker, and refrigerate the coffee for 12-24 hours.
  • Remove the filter & coffee grounds from the coffee maker, replace the lid and enjoy.


Sodium: 12mgCalcium: 7mg

These nutrition values are estimates only. Read my full nutrition disclaimer here.

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