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How to Make Cold Brew With Milk? A Popular Recipe


Brandon Pierce
October 9, 2022

Cold brew with milk sounds interesting, but is this idea new to you? Are you a coffee lover who is constantly searching for new methods to enjoy your preferred beverage? In that case, we are going to guide you in this article on how to make cold brew coffee with milk rather than water. Let’s get this straight, adding milk to the coffee is not such an unusual practice. The consistency of cold brew is smoother than hot coffee.

Moreover, it is also less acidic and sweeter than hot brew. Most people prefer black coffee, but iced coffee demands additional sweetness and creaminess. I like how milk, instead of the more conventional cream and sugar, helps to lighten this up. However, adding too much milk to the coffee may make the taste of coffee disappear.

Why Is Cold Brew With Milk Better Than Ice Coffee?

The coffee we are talking about is not the type we get in restaurants where you go after a long tiring day, and a waiter comes to you with a cup and kettle in hand and pours some hot coffee into the ice-filled cup. It does not even sound interesting. The cold brew coffee with milk has its charm and beauty.

It is so smooth you’ll love every bit of it. Hot coffee is somewhat acidic, and it becomes bitter when you let it cool down. On the other hand, cold brew is brewed with milk that does not allow it to heat up.

Another reason to love this beverage is that you can enjoy cold brew for a whole week by preparing a batch on the weekend. So, a fresh-homemade cold coffee brewed with milk can still be enjoyed in a busy schedule when you don’t feel like going to the kitchen.

What Is the Best Way To Make Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate?

Let us experiment with the French Press first.

This is entirely a manual method. Don’t think of adding milk in place of water in an electric coffee maker or any other machine. Doing this might harm the appliance. The remaining brewing techniques are manual, with the French press, pour-over, stovetop espresso machine, and AeroPress being the most popular.

195°F and 205 °F is the ideal temperature for brewing coffee. But coffee’s nutritional value and taste change if burnt to those temperatures. A Moka pot (Stovetop espresso maker) is hence ruled out. The optimal temperature for brewing milk is 160°F.

The French press immersion method is the only one left. Plus, the French press is simpler to clean after brewing with milk and making coffee concentrate

Can I Use Different Types Of Milk?

When we discuss adding regular cow milk to the cold brew, questions about other sorts of milk also pop up. Can you add soy milk, coconut, oat, or almond milk? The answer is yes; you can also find these sorts of milk. And these different types of milk might be even better for cold brew, at least if you want to add it directly to the cold brew. Full-fat coconut milk will produce the greatest results. Mix cold brew concentrate with equal parts coconut water will have a chocolate milk flavor.

The taste of these sorts of milk is not that dominant, which is why adding it to the cold brew won’t ruin the coffee. However, it all depends on the brand and making process, and I would still not add too much if I weren’t making something special (such as Almond milk frappuccino)

But it is often tough to make foam from plant-based milk. So for foams, cow milk is probably still the best choice.

You can watch this video to know more about using different types of milk for cold brew.

How to Make Cold brew Coffee With Milk?

You develop a reflex of making this cold brew coffee after doing it a couple of times.

Cold brew recipe:

  • Grind coffee beans so that they are not entirely powder form but have coarsely ground coffee.
  • Put the coarse coffee grounds in a glass container.
  • Add milk of about 450 ml into a mason jar, then give it a little toss so that coffee grinds combine with the milk. Brew coffee with milk
  • Generally, the water is brewed at room temperature for a cold brew. But when we brew milk instead of water, it should be chilled while brewing to prevent the milk from going rancid (if left at room temperature for less than two hours, milk can turn sour).
  • Give it 8 hours to sit. As finer grinds are used, we shouldn’t let milk rest for as long as we would rest water, so 8 hours will do.
  • It is trickier to strain coffee prepared with milk. A paper filter is commonly used, although it doesn’t prove to be more successful. Therefore, using a stainless steel filter, fine mesh sieve, or nut milk bag is more effective. The best option is to use a French press or a coffee filter, resulting in a jar of cold brew coffee that tastes like iced coffee.

Want to make instant Cold Brew With Milk?

If you love cold brew with milk and don’t want to go through the process of all the hustle described above, instant coffee is the answer. You can have a cup of creamy, intense flavored milky cold brew by making instant coffee. You can test both of these and observe the results are not much different. No need to use the French press.

  • Warm the milk
  • Add the instant ground coffee to produce instant milky cold brew coffee.

 Most instant coffee that is freeze-dried dissolves entirely.


In sum, using milk in place of water works perfectly well and is quite feasible when making cold brew coffee.

If our recipe for Cold Brew With Milk does not appeal to you, You should try some other recipes and we are sure the beverage will impress you.

If you enjoy drinking milk-based coffee beverages, we highly recommend you try making cold brew coffee using milk at least once.

Brandon Pierce

About the author

My name is Brandon and I love cold-brew coffee. If you're a fan of everything homebrew, then we'll get along just fine. I also enjoy riding my Onewheel around town, and going on adventures with my future wife! As an online work-from-home advocate, it's important that I stay connected to the world while being able to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

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