Easy and affordable homemade cold brew coffee is my life these days, and I make it myself. I used to buy my coffee at coffee shops, but now I’m trying to budget better as well as cut down on the unnecessary fats and calories.

With endless customization options at a more affordable price point, you can mix up a tasty batch of cold brew coffee so easily.

easy and affordable cold brew coffee

The great thing about cold brew coffee is that it doesn’t require any heat; however, you do need to let the water pull the coffee from the grounds for at least 24 hours or longer for a deeper taste. You can use your favorite finely ground coffee and take it black, or you can add some milk, cream, or sugar. I like my coffee milky and sweet; it’s absolutely delicious!

What you’ll need to make cold brew coffee:

  • Finely ground, medium roast coffee. I like this one, 2 tablespoons per 8 oz of water
  • Drinking water
  • 2 Glass cups or pitchers, preferably with a lid and spout
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Coffee filter paper or reusable filter
  • Optional: milk and sugar to taste


  1. Spoon coffee into glass container.
  2. Next, add water, 8 oz of water for every 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds. Stir and mix well until grounds are saturated with water.*
  3. Cover and let sit at room temperature or refrigerated for at least 24 hours, longer for a deeper taste.
  4. Then, after at least 24 hours, place filter over the top of the new glass pitcher and slowly pour the grounds mixture into the new container. Be careful not to spill too much if your container does not have a spout.
  5. Coffee should be filtered smooth with no grounds in new pitcher or glass.
  6. Lastly, cover and refrigerate to use for the entire week.

*Measurements can be approximated – more grounds to water equals a stronger coffee taste.

Why you should make your own coffee at home.

  • 1 can of Cafe Du Monde (13 oz) coffee grounds* can make approximately 25 cups of cold brew coffee.
  • If you drink 1 cup of coffee 5 days a week, that’s 260 cups per year, averaging $4-5. A total of $1040 to $1300 spent on coffee annually.
  • If you make your own coffee, you’d be spending approximately:
    • 124.00 on coffee grounds
    • 65.00 on almond milk (as needed)
    • On average, you could save $851.00 to $1,111 annually just by making your own coffee.
  • Also, you can use cold brew coffee as a base for other coffee drinks and recipes like frappes, shakes, and tiramisu desserts.
  • For more detail and money saving inspiration, check out this post where I share my top 3 tips!

french roast makes delicious coffee

Customize your cold brew coffee drink

Enjoy your homemade cold brew coffee

Watch this quick video to see how easy it is to make your own coffee right at home!

I hope you’ve found this quick and easy recipe for cold brew coffee helpful. Let me know how you like your coffee? Simple black, creamy, or sweet?

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