Crazy Easy Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

French Press Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee


This is so simple I almost feel guilty devoting a post to it. But when I was searching for a guide on making iced coffee in a French press, I came up empty handed and had to wing it. So I’m taking the guess work out of it for you – yes, you can make amazing cold-brewed iced coffee in a French press, and yes it is ridiculously easy!

1/2 - 1 C ground coffee

1/2 – 1 C ground coffee

My inspiration came from The Pioneer Woman’s  “Perfect Iced Coffee” post (it’s great, go check it out, I’ll wait). All last summer I followed her instructions (on a slightly smaller scale) and drank iced deliciousness. But with summer rolling around this year, I couldn’t bring myself to go through the hassle anymore (the process involved multiple strainings and containers). That, coupled with the return of my French press to my kitchen, got me wondering why I couldn’t just make the stuff in that. Turns out it works!

Mixed with water

Mixed with water


  • 1/2-1 C coffee grounds, course is best
  • Water
  • Whatever you like in your iced coffee


Measure 1/2 to 1 cup of coffee grounds (depending on type of coffee and your strength preferences) and dump into the French press. Pour in the water. I find it helpful to start with a little and mix, and then add the rest – it helps to avoid air pockets. Mix it well. Put the lid on and let it sit overnight. The next morning (or some 8 or so hours later, timing’s not too important), plunge the press down slowly until it is fully pressed. Pour the coffee concentrate (this is what we’re calling it now) into a container for storage. To serve, pour over ice and add whatever you’d like to it. I usually just use whole milk and a little stevia extract, but it is really amazing with sweetened condensed milk. Use whatever you want.

Over ice

Over ice

That’s really all there is to it. And it’s really really good.