What is Coffee Concentrate?


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If you're a coffee lover, you know that there's nothing like a fresh cup coffee in the morning. But have you ever tried coffee concentrate? This strong and flavorful liquid is the base for many coffee drinks, including iced coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos. In this article, we'll explore the world of coffee concentrate and teach you how to make it at home using a coffee brewery.

What is Coffee Concentrate?

Coffee concentrate is a concentrated form of coffee that's made by extracting the flavor and caffeine from coffee beans. It's made by brewing coffee using a higher ratio of coffee grounds to water than you would for a regular cup of coffee. This results in a strong and flavorful liquid that can be stored in the refrigerator and used as a base for many different coffee drinks.

Why Use Coffee Concentrate?

There are many benefits to using coffee concentrate instead of regular brewed coffee. Firstly, it's much stronger, which means you can dilute it to your desired strength. This makes it perfect for making iced coffee or other coffee drinks that require a stronger coffee flavor. Additionally, because you're using a higher ratio of coffee grounds to water, you'll extract more of the coffee's oils and flavors, resulting in a more complex and rich coffee taste.

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How to Make Coffee Concentrate Using a Coffee Brewery

Now that you know what coffee concentrate is and why you should use it, let's get into how to make it using a coffee brewery.

What You'll Need:

  • A coffee brewery (such as a French press, Chemex, or drip coffee maker)
  • Coffee beans (preferably a medium to dark roast)
  • Water
  • A container for storing the coffee concentrate (such as a mason jar or bottle)


  1. Grind the Coffee Beans: Start by grinding your coffee beans to a coarse grind. You'll need about 1 cup of coffee grounds for every 4 cups of water.
  2. Add the Coffee Grounds to Your Coffee Brewery: Add the coffee grounds to your coffee brewery of choice. If you're using a French press, add the grounds to the carafe. If you're using a Chemex or drip coffee maker, add the grounds to the filter.
  3. Add Water: Once the coffee grounds are in the coffee brewery, add enough water to cover them completely. Let the coffee "bloom" for 30 seconds to release any trapped gases.
  4. Add More Water: After the 30 seconds are up, slowly pour in the rest of the water, making sure to saturate all of the coffee grounds.
  5. Brew the Coffee: Depending on the coffee brewery you're using, the brewing time will vary. For a French press, let the coffee steep for 4-5 minutes. For a Chemex or drip coffee maker, let the coffee brew until all the water has passed through the filter.
  6. Strain the Coffee: Once the coffee is brewed, strain it through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove any coffee grounds.
  7. Store the Coffee Concentrate: Transfer the coffee concentrate to a container for storage in the refrigerator. It should keep for up to 2 weeks.

How to Make Coffee Concentrate at home FAQ

Coffee concentrate is made by brewing coffee beans in a higher coffee-to-water ratio, resulting in a more potent and intense coffee flavor. Regular coffee is brewed with a lower coffee-to-water ratio and is typically served as a standalone beverage.
Yes, you can use any type of coffee beans to make coffee concentrate. However, it's recommended to use freshly roasted and high-quality beans to achieve the best results.
Coffee concentrate can last up to 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Yes, you can dilute coffee concentrate with water to make regular coffee. The ratio of coffee concentrate to water will depend on your personal preference.
Coffee concentrate can be used to make various coffee-based drinks such as iced coffee, cold brew, and coffee cocktails. It can also be used in baking recipes that call for coffee flavoring.
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