To say we're fans of cold brew coffee would be a bit of an understatement. Case in point: We have it on tap in the office kitchen at MyDomaine's Los Angeles headquarters. And even though we're currently in the throes of pumpkin spice latte season, we can't help it—we find ourselves craving a smooth, sweet cup of cold brew coffee in the morning.
We know not everyone works in an office with freely flowing cold brew, so we've rounded up three of our favorite recipes so you make it at home, ranging from a basic brew to a fancy frappuccino. So rather than heading to your local coffee shop and spending $4, why not be your own barista? And we haven't even mentioned the best part: These recipes only require five minutes of active working time to make.
Ahead are three cold brew coffee recipes your wallet (and your taste buds) will love.
Classic Cold Brew
The Standout Ingredient: The unsweetened cocoa powder. Don't be fooled by the recipe name, this is not your standard cold brew. Even though it appears to be basic, the addition of unsweetened cocoa powder takes the flavor profile to the next level.
The Pro Tip: Add a scaled-up version of this recipe to your Sunday night meal-prep lineup so you're set with enough servings for the week ahead. "Just use 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee for every 4 cups water," says Sarah of Broma Bakery. "Then when you're ready to drink it, pour equal parts of the concentrate and water or creamer into a glass, and you're good to go."
Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Cold Brew Coffee
The Recipe: Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Cold Brew Coffee
The Standout Ingredient: The coconut water, which adds a light, sweet flavor to the cold brew. This genius swap is a game changer for those who crave something a little sugary in the morning but don't want to add actual sugar to their beverage.
The Pro Tip: To avoid a weak drink, make your own coffee ice cubes. "I cannot drink watered-down coffee, it has to be kind of strong, so the coffee ice cubes are kind of a must for me," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Cold Brew Caramel Frappuccino
The Recipe: Cold Brew Caramel Frappuccino
The Standout Ingredient: The date caramel. Based on this recipe's name, you may think this coffee beverage is loaded with added sugar, but this recipe calls for date caramel (aka a natural fix for satisfying your sweet tooth).
The Pro Tip: To make the date caramel, you'll need to get your hands on a common kitchen appliance to achieve the perfect consistency. "A food processor works best to get a creamy texture without much water," says Dana of Minimalist Baker.