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Less Effort, More Caffeine, All the Flavour: Welcome to Cold Brew

If you ever brew your coffee and leave it in the fridge overnight thinking you’ve figured out iced coffee, it’s time to reevaluate. Sure, I get it; you’re pressed for time. Classes, club meetings, midterms, group projects, and dollar beers all seem to overlap at all the wrong times, and you know you can always rely on a coffee or two or five to get you through all that. However, being busy doesn’t mean you can’t have at least a little bit of class. Here’s a super easy cold brew recipe that literally brews while you sleep.

First of all, what’s my quarrel with iced coffee? Well, nothing really. Iced coffee is great if you have the time to make it properly. Brewing a hot cup of coffee and leaving it in the fridge overnight lets the coffee oxidize, which gives it a more bitter and less enjoyable flavour. That’s why I recommend this cold brew recipe to students who want the convenience of waking up to ready-made coffee but complain about how it doesn’t taste as good as iced coffee they get anywhere else. All you need is a French press, which should only cost you less than $20 if you don’t already have one. 

While I wish I could take credit for this recipe, I’ve adapted it from La Colombe coffee roasters. I’ve attached their video below if you’d rather watch that instead (which would be totally understandable).


  • 250ml room temperature water
  • 35g coarsely ground coffee (approx. 2.5 tbsp)
  • French press
  • Spoon


  1. Dump the grounds into the french press. Carefully pour the water over top of them, making sure to coat the grounds as evenly as possible. If necessary, use a spoon to ensure the grounds are evenly coated
  2. Cover the french press with its lid (do not press yet!) and let it rest at room temperature for 12-13 hours
  3. Plunge the coffee and transfer to a server if refrigerating, or serve immediately over ice. Enjoy!

Brewing the coffee in cold water over a longer period of time maintains all the bright flavours of coffee without the bitterness or acidity – a bonus if coffee tends to upset your stomach! Additionally, the higher dose of coffee paired with the longer brew time extracts more caffeine, so you can spend more of the day walking around like a zombie after going out the night before your 8:30 lecture.

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