Skip to content

What Brew Method Produces the Highest Amount of Caffeine?

So, you think you know your coffee and have a good idea about which method of brewing will give you the most caffeine? You might be surprised by the actual answer. 

cold brew

Most people reach for espresso when they need to wake up, keep focused, or power through. With the robust flavor of dark roast coffees, you just might think that your espresso has more caffeine. Sorry, that's not the case!

How about the most used method of brewing using a drip coffeemaker? Just about everyone has one of these in their home. It has to brew a cup of coffee with a decent amount of caffeine, right? Nope, that's not it either.

Pour-over coffee is similar to drip but takes longer for the water to move through the grounds. Maybe that makes a difference? Well, you're getting warmer but not quite there yet.

What about the French press method? The water and coffee grounds are in contact with each other for even longer than pour-over. But still not quite long enough. (hint, hint)

Did that hint give you enough information? Do you think you know which brew method gives you a higher caffeine content? If you said Cold Brew, then you are correct!

Cold brewing coffee gives you an extremely strong coffee concentrate, which should be diluted 3 to 1 water to concentrate. Leaving coffee grounds in contact with cool water for an extended amount of time extracts the flavors in the coffee along with the caffeine while leaving behind the bitterness.

To make cold brew coffee, simply place your coffee grounds in a glass or plastic container to hold the amount of coffee you're making and cover them with water. The ratio of coffee to cool water for home brewing is typically half a pound of coffee to half a gallon of water. Cover your container and put it in a cool spot on your counter or in the refrigerator. Let it sit for 12 to 24 hours and let it do its magic. After your desired amount of time, filter out the grounds. Keep your coffee concentrate undiluted to give it the longest shelf-life.

When serving your cold-brewed coffee, dilute 3 parts hot water to 1 part concentrate for a hot cup of coffee. For an iced coffee, dilute 3 parts cold water to 1 part concentrate over ice. For either version, you can serve it plain or add milk or a milk substitute and your preferred sweetener.

Whether you're new to the cold brew craze or have been a fan for a while, try our NEW line of Cold Brew Coffee Blends.

Coastal Calm - Relax and refresh with the chocolaty caramel notes in this delightful brew.
Calming Storm - Exotic and earthy, this delicious brew has just a touch of sweetness.
Paradise Peace - Take time for yourself with the exciting flavors of peaches, cherries, and oranges with a sprinkle of cinnamon. It's Paradise in a glass.
Caribbean Breeze - This organic brew is rich and silky with delectable notes of chocolate and toasted nuts. Perfect for sweeping you away.

Let us know about your cold brew adventures. Which is your favorite coffee to enjoy cold-brewed?

Previous article Mix Things Up with Tea