Cold brew coffee is one of the tastiest and easiest drinks that you can make for yourself at home.
There are tons of options for the kinds of coffee you can use for your cold brew, but I’ve narrowed it down to 6 of them that’ll give you a smooth and delicious cold brew.
My winner out of the best coarse ground coffee for cold brew is Stone Streets Cold Brew coffee. Feel free to go and check that one out, but we do have other interesting tasting coffees on this list.
Considerations When Choosing Beans
Before you start getting into looking at the beans on this list, here are a couple things to think about before deciding on one.
Getting coffee beans that have been freshly roasted will almost always have more flavor than one that was roasted several months ago.
If you’re going to look up your own coffee beans off of this list, check out when the company roasts and ships their coffee beans.
What Kind Of Coffee Beans: Arabica, Robusta, or Blend?
Okay! Quick lesson beans for those of you don’t know about the common types of coffee beans used for coffee. Coffee will usually come in Arabica, Robusta, or a blend of the beans.
Arabica is sweet and smooth tasting, while Robusta has a bitter, stronger flavor and has more caffeine.
Sometimes coffee comes in a blend of Arabica and Robusta. You’ll get the best of both types of beans with the blends.
There is no right one to choose, it’s whatever you want to choose for how your coffee tastes. If you’re not too sure, consider picking a blend of coffee. The flavors will be balanced in your coffee.
Known as the cold brew coffee for “bizzy” people, this organic blend of grounds come from Guatemala, Peru, and Nicaragua.
For those new to the cold brew game, Bizzy has included a QR-style code on their packaging for users to access coffee content to help with brewing up the best cold brew coffee drinks!
Bizzy’s Dark & Bold blend is billed as the 1st micro sifted coarse grounds. That means you’ll be getting a lot more similar sized coffee grounds, which results in better tasting coffee.
This cold brew offering is a blend, so Bizzy’s might not be what you are looking for if you are more of a coffee purist who enjoys only a pure bean experience. If you want flavor that’s more balanced with some acidity, bitterness, and sweetness, this is a great option.
One last thing, if you look at some of the other options that Bizzy has for cold brew, make sure that it says coarse ground on the bag. Some of them say ground coffee, which is for regular drip coffee machines.
This blended coffee made especially for cold brew drinking comes from Colombia. Another coarsely ground blend, it is categorized as a “supremo” because it is made from the largest and highest quality arabica beans.
This versatile blend can be used to brew coffee in a number of ways. The best ways to prepare it are in immersion type brewing styles including: cold brew, French press, or any other similar method.
You will love that this blend is naturally slightly sweet, and the intensity can easily be adjusted by adding more grounds or brewing it a little longer. This Stone Street coffee blend is easy to love for its bold, balanced, low-acid flavor.
Stone Cold Jo’s entrant to the cold brew coffee blend has a lot going for it. Not only is this low-acid dark roast blend available in 1- or 2-pound bags, but Stone Cold can also recommend this blend for making hot and cold coffee beverages.
A GMO free, fairtrade, and socially conscious brand, this blend is not just USDA certified organic but is also a specialty grade organic, placing it in the top 2% of this type of coffee worldwide.
No slouch in the flavor department, this coarse ground coffee for cold brew blend has an interesting blend of flavors that are naturally brought out in the roasting process: toffee, caramel, chocolate, and grape.
One thing to note about how this company roasts coffee, is that the roast date is labeled 1 year out from the actual day it was roasted. You’ll preferably want one with the month that we’re in or the month before.
The name Tiny Footprint gives a good indication of the ethos behind the artisan roasters that make this organic cold brew blend. Taking their impact on the world to the roasting room, this is the 1st carbon negative coffee offering.
You can enjoy your coffee knowing that for every pound of coffee sold, Tiny Footprint will be donating towards the restoration of the Mindo cloud forest in Ecuador.
Additionally, Tiny Footprint’s coarse ground coffee for cold brew is also 100% Certified Organic, in keeping with the company’s desire to be good to the earth while also serving up amazing coffee beans and grounds.
It’s a great blend of light and dark flavor profiles also mixed with quality Ethiopian beans to give it floral, fruity, and chocolate notes.
This kitschy-named company roasts their beans up in the Lone Star State of Texas. Their roastery has been around since 1923, so they’ve built up quite a bit of experience roasting coffee.
Wink serves up a whole bean variety in the cold brew coffee world in a convenient zip-top coffee bag. Wink provides the cold brew aficionado plenty of the magical beans to hold them over for a while at an excellent price-per-ounce ratio not found in other cold brew brands.
A small batch of beans is roasted at a time and these single origin beans are excellent for making cold brew coffee.
Wink’s flavor profile leans toward the natural caramel and hazelnut hints that come from the 100% Arabica beans that are sustainably harvested from the Colombian Andes.
Anything with s’mores in the name is always an excellent indicator of the fun and deliciousness to come. Bones Coffee Company’s S’morey Time cold brew beans are described as a perfect campfire flavor.
With chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker flavor profiles in this cold brew, the s’more taste is already amazing without even adding anything to the coffee.
Bones recommends that the whole bean is best for cold brews while the already ground option is better for hot brewed coffees.
Like other cold brew coffee companies, Bones Coffee ethically sources their beans, but from Brazil’s gorgeous coffee bean growing regions.
This is great for those of you who want to break away from the more traditional way of how coffee “should” taste. Bones Coffee Company also has other fun flavors for you to try for cold brew.
Which Coffee Is Best For Cold Brew?
There is no right bean for the best cold brew, because everyone likes different flavors in their coffee!
But Stone Street Cold Brew Coffee – Strong & Smooth Blend is my favorite off of this list for coffee that makes a great tasting cold brew. It has a mellow and smooth flavor that any cold brew enthusiast can appreciate.
Cold Brew Tips & FAQs
Size And Consistency
Like all brewing methods, the cold brew method still works best with coffee grounds that are of all the same size grind.
If you’re getting pre-ground coffee, you’re going to want to make sure that the coffee grounds are somewhere around sea salt or peppercorn sized.
Same sized coffee grounds give you even extraction, giving you better tasting coffee.
Do You Have To Buy Special Coffee For Cold Brew?
The answer is no! If you already have a favorite coffee bean, you can use it for cold brew. As said before, just grind it at a coarse setting and you’re good to go.
Darker roasts are more suited for cold brew, but there’s no harm in experimenting with lighter roasts!
Grind Your Beans Fresh
The best way to get a better tasting cold brew, is to grind whole beans yourself. You’re ensuring that your coffee hasn’t lost any flavor or aroma by grinding it fresh.
Just make sure you’re grinding to the right size. If you don’t have a grinder that does coarse well, I have another article you can check out for some options.
How Do You Make Cold Brew Less Bitter?
One thing you can do to make your cold brew less bitter is steeping it for a shorter amount of time. You might be brewing it too long, causing over extraction. That can lead to your cold brew becoming extra bitter.
You can also change the coarseness of the grind. Go a little coarser than what you’re grinding at right now if you find your coffee bitter.
Sour Cold Brew?
If you have sour cold brew it just needs to be steeped for a few more hours!
How To Brew Cold Brew [concentrate]
If you’ve never brewed cold brew coffee, it’s actually pretty easy! Here are a few steps that you can follow:
- You’re going to want to start by grinding your coffee at a coarse ground setting. Somewhere between table salt and peppercorn.
- Cold brew is a lot more forgiving than other coffees, so just try to get them in the largest and uniform grounds as you can.
- For this recipe we’re going to be using a 1:4 ratio for coffee and water. So 1 cup of ground coffee and 4 cups of water.
- Put your water and coffee into whatever container you have on hand. Take a spoon or some utensil to submerge all your coffee grounds, make sure they all get wet. You can also put your coffee in a reusable sachet, just make sure to tie off the top real tight.
- You can either leave it on your counter or fridge. If you’re leaving it out on the counter, 12-16 hours and your cold brew is ready. If you put it in the fridge, the cold temperature will slow down the extraction process. You’ll want to leave it in there for 16-20 hours.
- Strain your cold brew coffee from the grounds or remove your sachet of coffee before serving.
- This coffee will come out as a concentrate. It’s definitely going to be strong tasting, so dilute it with water to how you want it to taste! I personally do about half water and half concentrate over ice.