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Now that the weather is warm, you need to find that perfect cold brew coffee that makes the heat and humidity a bit more bearable. But do you have Starbucks dreams on a DIY budget? Not to worry — you don't need to give up your coffee or even downgrade the overall experience.

Follow the tips below to make homemade cold brew that rivals what you'll pay a huge markup on at the café.

Get Your Hands on Coffee Recipes to Make at Home

To delight in an amazing cold brew recipe, you don't need to turn your kitchen into a cold brew coffee test kitchen — unless you want to, of course.

Plenty of food bloggers have crafted their own signature style of cold brew or have hacked the recipe of their favorite coffee shop. You may enjoy the Pioneer Woman's sweet-and-classic approach. For something a bit more out of the ordinary, try a New Orleans-inspired recipe from Blue Bottle Coffee that features chicory and organic cane sugar. There are tons of homemade recipes featuring variations and twists out there to keep your palette guessing and your wallet full.

Make Small Investments in Your Coffee Routine to Reap a High Return on Taste

You don't need to own lots of fancy tools in order to create a satisfying homemade coffee cold brew, either. A cold brew guide on chef Jamie Oliver's website walks you through a recipe that uses just a jar, a bowl, a sieve and either some muslin or paper towels.

But especially now that you'll no longer be purchasing that expensive barista-made coffee (except on special occasions) there are a few areas where a small investment can measurably upgrade your experience.

  • Whole bean coffee. Whole bean coffee is fresher and has a richer taste than coffee that's been sitting on a shelf already ground up. You don't need to purchase a pricey coffee grinder in order to enjoy the benefits of whole bean coffee, either. Most grocery stores have coffee bean grinders you can use during your shopping trip.
  • Flavored syrups. Adding in a splash of flavored syrup can really up your homemade coffee game. Did you know that you can typically find these syrups at discount chains such as Marshalls and T.J. Maxx at a fraction of the cost?
  • A signature tumbler. Sometimes, it's all about presentation. There are some trendy tumblers with reusable straws and lids you can invest in to take your stylish cold brew creations with you. Again, check out discount chain stores to find brand-name tumblers for less.

Combining the recipes above with a few small investments means you'll be enjoying homemade cold brew all summer long without leaving a hole in your wallet. Now that's refreshing!


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