New Orleans Style Cold Brew Coffee Recipe - Driftaway Coffee

New Orleans-style Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

By 11/04/2014Driftaway Blog, Recipe
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Fresh from the Badass Festival this past weekend and some delicious cold brew New Orleans-style, we would like to share our recipe for those of you looking to make it at home.


2 cups of 12oz each


  1. Chocolatey, medium to dark roast coffee (we used our Ugandan coffee) – 3 ounces
  2. Chicory (not always easy to find in stores – you can find them in bulk coffee stores or Indian / Asian grocery stores or online) – 1 ounce
  3. Maple syrup – less than a tablespoon (vary by taste)
  4. Ice – 4 ounces for each cup
  5. Milk (ideally whole) – 2-3 ounces (vary by taste)

Time to prepare

  • Working time – 10-15 mins
  • Total duration – 12 hours


  1. Grind coffee to about a filter cone grind (coarse sand). On the Baratza Virtuoso, we went with a setting of 18.
  2. Mix 1 ounce chicory with 3 ounces ground coffee.
  3. Measure water in the ratio of 1 part coffee+chicory mix to 4.5 water water. So for 4 ounces of coffee+chicory, add 18 ounces water. Stir it well and you’ll get the wonderful smell of coffee plus delicious-looking crema on top.
  4. Cover and let it brew at room temperature for 12 hours. No need to refrigerate.
  5. After 12 hours, pour the mixture through a sieve. Before you pour, give the mixture a good stir so that the grounds don’t all stick to the bottom. The sieve should be fine so you can avoid a grainy cup. Cheesecloth could also work. We used our regular kitchen sieve.
  6. Add a few drops of maple syrup (we bought ours from Trader Joe’s) to the liquid concoction.
  7. In two cups, add about 4 ounces of ice each, then pour 4 ounces of the mix. Add milk to taste (begin with 3 ounces). Shoot for a medium brown look.
  8. The milk permeating coffee through the ice makes for a great photo!



  1. If making large quantities, be sure to look at the thickness / viscosity of the liquid. Towards the bottom, the thickness will be more so use less coffee concoction and more milk to balance out the flavor.

Author Suyog

Suyog is one of the founders and resident coffee nerd at Driftaway Coffee. When he's not with coffee, he loves a good business metric to bash or break apart. His current faves are CPC, LTV, AOC

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