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.

copycat cold brew caribou coffee

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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 Caribou Coffee Iced Crafted Press

Copycat Iced Crafted Press (Blended Cold Brew )

Blended cold brew is a copycat of Caribou Coffee’s Iced Crafted Press. Let this recipe give you life, while saving a few bucks on your morning coffee routine.
4.30 from 27 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink
Calories 150 kcal


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
  • ΒΌ 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.


You can swap a vegan creamer such as cashew cream or coconut cream to make this drink vegan.


Serving: 1drinkCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 652mgSugar: 12gVitamin A: 441IUCalcium: 48mg
Keyword caribou, coffee, cold brew, iced crafted press
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Let me know what you think of this copycat iced crafted press recipe from Caribou Coffee in the comments below!

-Cassie πŸ™‚

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  2. Plus Size Dresses April 2, 2020 at 2:49 am

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    1. Joseph Adli November 5, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      5 stars
      Amazing! Loved it! Tastes perfect! Thank you for this, now I don’t have to spend 5$ a day πŸ˜‚

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  4. Karri September 5, 2020 at 1:47 am

    4 stars
    Just like the original!

    1. Leo November 6, 2021 at 11:05 am

      5 stars
      This turned out just like the original caribou one. Absolutely love it πŸ‘.

  5. Janice September 5, 2020 at 5:31 am

    4 stars

  6. Doretha September 5, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    5 stars
    Surprised how easy this is. I can make at home now! Thanks!

  7. Margie September 5, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    5 stars

  8. Mackenzie September 5, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    5 stars

  9. Logan September 6, 2020 at 1:43 am

    5 stars

  10. Clara November 24, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    5 stars
    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.

  11. Cody March 4, 2021 at 10:44 am

    5 stars
    This recipe is incredible. I’ve been making it everyday for the last two weeks.

    1. cassclay March 5, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      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.


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