How to make cold brew coffee

The Fellow guide to the smoothest way to enjoy your coffee cold. The secret ingredient is time.

Why choose to make cold brew?

Cold brew is the ultimate treat for future you. The extended brewing time, anywhere from 12-24 hours, causes the chemical compounds in the coffee to break down, resulting in a very smooth, low acidity cup. With a high caffeine content and strong taste, a little goes a long way. You can brew a batch, store it, and enjoy it all week over ice or mixed with milk.

What supplies you'll need

  • Clara French Press

    Clara French Press

    With enhanced mesh filtration, Clara is the perfect French press for brewing smooth cold brew.

  • Burr Grinder

    Burr Grinder

    We always recommend using freshly ground coffee, and a great burr grinder is the key to delicious consistency.

  • Coffee


    Any coffee will do, however lighter roasts may lose their luster when brewed as cold brew because they’ll lack any of that sparkly, bright acidity.

Step by Step Instructions

1. Measure and grind coffee

1. Measure and grind coffee

Measure out 70 g of coffee beans and grind them on a medium-coarse to coarse setting. We suggest starting with setting 10 on Ode with Gen 2 Burrs, 9 on Ode with Gen 1 Burrs, 11 on Ode + SSP burrs, and right in the middle of the cold brew range on Opus. If you find your cold brew is turning out too sour, tighten up that grind setting. Clara has a 200 micron metal mesh filter so you can afford to go a bit finer, but we don’t recommend finer than 7 on Ode Gen 2.

2. Pour water

2. Pour water

Pour 700 g of room temperature water into your Clara French Press, making sure to soak all grounds.

3. Stir it up!

3. Stir it up!

Use Clara’s wooden agitation stick to stir up your cold brew, ensuring all grounds are soaking evenly in the chamber. Stir for approximately 20 seconds, not too vigorously.

4. Start a timer, make a note, or set your alarm!

4. Start a timer, make a note, or set your alarm!

Pop the top back on Clara and press the plunger halfway down so all grounds are submerged. Then, make sure to set an alarm for 16 hours in the future. You can also tape a label on or use a chalk pen to write directly on Clara (an old cafe trick).

5. Sip, savor, and experiment!

5. Sip, savor, and experiment!

After 16 hours, fully push the plunger down on Clara and your cold brew is ready! You can pour it into a glass over ice or seal it and save it for later in the refrigerator. Look out for how the coffee presents itself in the cup. Is it round and smooth? Use this recipe as a starting point, and experiment to suit the coffee you’re brewing with and find the flavors and textures you enjoy. Try  adjusting the grind size and/or agitating the grounds more to see if you can add more body to your coffee.

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  • How do I pick the right coffee beans?

    Coffee is very subjective. Everyone has their own preferences, and none are incorrect! However, we suggest starting with flavor notes that sound appealing to you. Experiment with flavor notes you’re familiar with, and start to take note of the coffees you like: their origin and processing method (washed, honey, natural, maybe even anaerobic?).

  • What do I do if my coffee tastes sour or bitter?

    If your coffee tastes sour, try making your grind setting a bit finer! If your coffee tastes bitter, try making your grind setting a little coarser! Overly sour or watery flavor in coffee often denotes what we call “under extraction”, or not pulling enough flavor from the coffee. Overly bitter, drying, or chalky flavor in coffee often denotes what we call “over extraction”, or pulling too much flavor from the coffee.

Perfect coffees for cold brew

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Perfect coffees for cold brew