Learn how to make Sous Vide Cold Brew Coffee! Make a smooth and sweet batch of cold brew in a fraction of the time with the sous vide method!
Cold brew coffee is a great way to start the day, but making it from scratch is time-consuming. What if you could make a few batches of sweet and smooth cold brew in much less time? That’s where sous vide cold brew coffee comes in.
Sous vide is a cooking technique that cooks food in temperature-controlled water for longer than usual without altering its texture or flavor. It’s mainly used to cook perfect meat and veggies, but it can be used for a bunch of cool things like chilling beer and wine. It also happens to be the fastest way to make homemade cold brew.
In a temperature controlled water bath, the coffee is brewed at just the right temperature to extract the nutty, fruity and floral flavors from the grounds without any of the bitterness. Make the best homemade cold brew coffee in 2 hours instead of 12 to 24!
👉 Benefits of Making Cold Brew with Sous Vide
- Coffee steeped at a cooler temperature is naturally creamier, smoother and sweeter than coffee brewed with hot water. It’s also less acididc.
- It’s way quicker. Traditional cold brewing methods can take up to 24 hours. The sous vide method makes perfect cold brew in only 2 hours.
- The average cost of a Starbucks cold brew is $3.25. That can add up! Making it from scratch costs less and you can make 2 to 3 jars of cold brew at once.
Coarse Ground Coffee – I recommend a medium to dark-roast, but you can use any coffee here. It doesn’t need to be anything special, but the size of the grind matters. Larger grounds are easier to filter out and are less bitter.
Water – You’ll need water (preferarably filtered) to steep the coffee and for the warm water bath.
Coffee Grinder – If you do not have a coffee grinder, use pre-ground coarse coffee for French press.
Mason Jars – You’ll need at least 1 16-ounce mason jar or heat-safe glass container with a secure lid. For a larger batch, you can immerse 2 or 3 jars into the water bath at a time.
Sous Vide (Immersion Circulator) – I have an Anova sous vide. It’s super user-friendly and can be programmed straight from my phone.
Large Pot – A deep, heavy pot is best for this. You should be able to fit 2 to 3 mason jars in the pot with plenty of wiggle room.
Mesh Strainer or Cheese Cloth – to strain any loose grounds from the cold brew.
📖 How to Make Sous Vide Cold Brew Coffee
Sous vide cold brew coffee saves you time and space. You can make a few jars at the same time, freeing up room in your fridge. For each 1/4 cup of grounds, you’ll need 2 cups of water. It’s best to use a container large enough to leave room at the top.
1️⃣ Set temperature:
Fill a large pot with water. Submerge the immersion circulator into the water, securing it to the side of the pot. Set the temperature to 150 degrees F.
2️⃣ Grind coffee:
If using whole coffee beans, grind them down into a coarse texture. Even if you aren’t grinding your own beans, you should still use course ground coffee.
3️⃣ Add grounds:
Add 1/4 cup of ground coffee to each mason jar.
4️⃣ Add water:
Pour 2 cups of filtered water into each jar, secure the lids and give the jars a gentle swirl to combine the coffee and water.
5️⃣ Immerse jars:
Carefully immerse the jars into the heated water bath. Set a heavy pot on top of the jars to keep them in place if you need to.
Let the coffee steep for 2 hours in the circulating warm water.
Then, strain the coffee through a sieve or cheesecloth to remove any loose grounds.
Chill in the fridge or serve over ice.
- Coffee starts to loose it’s complexity after it’s ground, so only grind what you need.
- If you’d rather not grind the beans, use pre-ground course coffee for French press.
- You can easily scale the recipe to make the cold brew in larger or smaller jars.
- Don’t shake the jar after adding the coffee. Gentrly swirl it around to mix the grounds and water together.
- For a darker roast, you can brew the grounds a little bit longer. 2 hours is a good place to start.
- If the jars rise to the surface, use something heavy ike the bottom of a pot to weigh them down.
🤔 Flavored Cold Brew Coffee
If you’re wondering if you can add flavor to your homemade cold brew, the answer is yes! –and there are few ways to do so:
Herbs and spices: Add warm and cozy aromas. The herbs and spices listed below pair well with coffee. Stir as much or as little as you like into the grounds before cooking.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Vanilla Bean
- Citrus Zest
Flavored syrups: Flavored simple syrups are a great way to enhance coffee and cold brew. For each cup of cold brew, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite flavor.
- Brown Sugar
Flavored extracts: With extracts, a little bit goes a long way. A couple of drops per mason jar is plenty. To use extract for flavor, add a tiny bit to each mason jar with the grounds and water before cooking. Vanilla, peppermint and almond taste great in cold brew.
♻️ Storing & Freezing
Storing: After straining, you can return the cold brew to the mason jars (or any airtight container) and keep it in the fridge for up to a week.
Freezing: Cold brew can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. I recommend freezing it ice cube trays, and then you can use the ice cubes to keep your iced coffee drinks cold without watering them down.
Whole beans are best for cold brew because grinding the beans coarsely is what’s most important. I like making cold brew with a medium to dark roast. However, a lighter, fruiter roast works too.
The best coffee to water ratio for cold brew is 1 part coffee grounds to 8 parts water. This ratio makes ready-to-drink cold brew that doesn’t need to be diluted.
You can also make a much stronger cold brew concentrate using 1 part ground coffee to 4 parts water.
Yes! Follow these same instructions but with coarse ground decaf coffee.
Sure! Instead of mason jars, you can use bags. Just be sure to remove as much air as possible and make sure the bag is sealed shut.
More Sous Vide Recipes
Sous Vide Cold Brew Coffee
- sous vide (immersion circulator) – I use Anova.
- 2 mason jars (16 ounce)
- Large Pot
- mesh strainer (or cheese cloth)
- ½ cup coffee coarse ground
- 4 cups water plus more for the ice bath
- Fill a large pot with water and then submerge the immersion circulator into the water, securing it to the side of the pot. Set the temperature to 150 degrees F.
- If using whole coffee beans, grind them down into a course texture.
- Add 1/4 cup of ground coffee to each mason jar.
- Pour 2 cups of filtered water in each jar, secure the lids and give the jars a gente swirl to commbinethe cofee and water. Do not shake the jar.
- Carefully immerse the jars into the heated water bath. Set a heavy pot on top of the jars to keep them in place if you need to.
- Let the coffee brew for 2 hours in the circulating water.
- Then, strain the coffee through a sieve or cheesecloth to remove any loose grounds.
- Chill in the fridge or serve over ice.