Where are my cold brew lovers at? I’m addicted to the iced crafted press from Caribou Coffee. I still occasionally get them, but I learned how to make them at home, and they give me life. When I first gave birth to my baby and started drinking some coffee again, these saved me. Those sleepless nights were challenging, but coffee helped me along the way. The copycat iced crafted press was great because I could make my favorite drink at home, and save a lot of money in the process.
Now I still love a drink from Caribou, don’t get me wrong. But they continue to raise their prices, and for what it is, I just can’t justify spending $4.50 on coffee, a bit of cream, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Making these at home easily costs less than $1 and I can make them the same every day. My biggest pet peeve when spending $4.50 on a large coffee that isn’t even full, is half ice, and never tastes the same. So problem solved!
I was so excited when I found Caribou beans at Costco, being they’re significantly less expensive than buying from the coffee shop or grocery store. I love the flavor of Caribou coffee, it’s by far my favorite coffee shop coffee so having the beans at home is great! The iced crafted press is such a good balance of sweet, creamy, coffee, and a slight bit of salt.
Why you’ll love the Copycat Iced Crafted Press
- It’s delicious! If you aren’t able to drink black coffee, this drink is for you. The flavor of coffee is there, however it is slightly sweet and slightly creamy.
- It’ll save you a ton! Skip the drive-thru in the morning and make it at home. Over the course of a year, you’ll save so much you can justify buying yourself that high performance blender to make these in.
- It puts a twist on typical hot coffee. Cold coffee is so good, and cold brew doesn’t have the bitterness that hot coffee does.
Making Cold Brew Concentrate
You’ll need something to hold the coffee grounds in water. I use this coffee maker at home. You can homemake it by soaking grounds directly in the water and then strain with a cheesecloth. It keeps in the fridge for at least 30 days so you can make this in bulk. The best ratio is 1 oz grounds to 1 cup water. So in my coffee maker, I can do 4 cups at a time. Others I’ve seen can do more like 8, or you could even do more if you had a large pitcher to store it in.
If you purchase pre-ground coffee then measure out 1/2 cup (1/2 cup = 4 oz), or if you grind at home, I do a bit more than 1/2 cup of beans since it loses some volume when it’s ground. Place the grounds in the container and then add water. This needs to sit overnight, 16-20 hours is best to get the best extraction. Filter the cold brew from the grounds and it’s ready to use.
Copycat Iced Crafted Press (Blended Cold Brew )
Cold Brew Concentrate
- 4 oz coffee grounds
- 4 cup water
Iced Crafted Press
- 1 cup cold brew concentrate
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbsp cane sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp (optional) chocolate syrup
Cold Brew Concentrate
- Make cold brew concentrate the night prior by soaking coffee grounds in water.
- Filter cold brew out using cheesecloth, filter, or use a cold brew coffee maker (Asobu and Oxo both make good versions).
Iced Crafted Press
- In a blender, combine together cold brew concentrate, water, cream, sugar, and salt.
- Blend together for about 20 seconds.
- Pour over ice, and enjoy.
- (Optional) For a thicker, frappuccino like cosistency, blend ice in with the step 1.
- (Optional) For a chocolate flavor, mix in 1 tbsp of your favorite chocolate syrup. This is not accounted for in the nutrition facts.
Let me know what you think of this copycat iced crafted press recipe from Caribou Coffee in the comments below!
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Just like the original!
Surprised how easy this is. I can make at home now! Thanks!
I moved away from the Midwest where Caribou was everywhere. I LOVE this remake. It is so much like the original. If you haven’t had Caribou’s iced crafted press, you should just try this recipe and thank me later.
This recipe is incredible. I’ve been making it everyday for the last two weeks.
Thank you Cody! So glad you like it. If you live in the Midwest, I highly suggest trying the real deal from Caribou Coffee sometime. You can add any flavor to it and they’re so good. Dark chocolate was my go-to if I got flavor in it.
It’s good but something’s missing. At my coffee shop it’s sweeter like maybe they add vanilla? Idk but this will do it for me since they have raised their prices! Good grief I wish I had never tried preppy coffee. Maybe I will try adding a bit of vanilla to see. But thanks for the recipe it’s so easy and fast I just like it a little sweeter.
Hi Jo Ellen,
Thanks for the feedback! This recipe is several years old and I believe they’ve made some changes in how they made their coffee. I actually made friends with my usual barista and got the recipe they used at the shop from her but since moving away from Midwest I don’t get these anymore. If you order a traditional iced crafted press there shouldn’t be any syrup but they have made additional flavors now, so if you order anything other than the original iced crafted press there’d be more sugar. You can always add more sugar to the recipe to make it sweeter! Vanilla or a dash of extra salt may do the trick too! I’d love to hear if it works for you.