Make an easy salted caramel cold brew coffee drink at home
If you're a fan of the Starbucks salted caramel cold brew, you have to try this at-home version. It's made with caramel coffee beans that have been steeped in the refrigerator to make a homemade cold brew. Then, top this drink with a salted version of sweet cream cold foam. This recipe makes a whole batch of caramel cold brew so you can make this drink throughout the week!
I'm obsessed with making cold brew at home. It's a much cheaper option than running to Starbucks every day!
Here's the thing, cold brew coffee is super easy to make. All you need is some coarsely ground coffee beans and time. It takes 12 - 18 hours to brew the coffee in the refrigerator. But trust me, it's totally worth the wait!
In this recipe, we will be making some flavored cold brew that tastes like caramel. It's been my new go-to coffee in the morning.
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
I love teaching you new skills in the kitchen. By making this recipe you'll learn:
- The only three tools you'll need to make cold brew.
- Why it's important to use coarse ground coffee beans in cold brew.
- What can happen if you brew the coffee too long in the refrigerator.
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Here are the ingredients you'll need to make this coffee recipe.
For the caramel cold brew coffee:
The flavor of this recipe comes directly from the beans!
- Coarsely ground caramel flavored coffee beans: It's important to find a high-quality coffee bean that has flavors and notes of caramel. Be sure to coarsely grind the coffee beans. You can read more about the science of this below.
- Cool water: Cold brew is made by brewing the beans in cold water in the refrigerator (or at room temperature). Be sure to start with cold water for best results!
For the salted foam:
This is a version of the Starbucks sweet cream cold foam, but with an addition of some sea salt to give it a salted caramel taste when combined with the coffee.
- Heavy cream: Sometimes this is labeled as whipping cream at the grocery store.
- 2% milk: This ingredient helps lighten up the cream and make a delicious flavor and texture for the salted cold foam.
- Simple syrup: Add in simple syrup to the salted sweet cream cold foam and in the caramel cold coffee for a layer of sweetness.
- Fine sea salt: This is an essential ingredient, so don't skip it! I found fine sea salt works best because it blends well with the heavy cream and milk so the texture is smooth.
Tools & Equipment
There's no need for anyone to be intimidated by making cold brew at home. It's an easy process that requires very little equipment.
- Mason jar (32 oz): You'll need two jars - one for brewing the coffee and another for holding the final cold brew. Feel free to reuse any jar with a resealable lid that you have laying around at home. I prefer to use a 64 ounce mason jar so I can make a double batch of cold brew since it will last up to 10 days!
- Coffee filter: This is what you'll use to filter out all of the coffee grounds.
- Mesh strainer: It's helpful to place the coffee filter on top of a strainer. It's also another layer of protection to ensure nothing grainy gets into the cold brew.
Tips For Making Cold Brew At Home
Cold brew coffee is known for its sweet, smooth taste. The less bitter and acidic taste of cold brew coffee is one of the reasons it has become so popular. To make a high-quality cold brew at home, follow these tips:
- Always use coarse ground coffee beans. With a fine grind, the coffee is more likely to experience over-extraction (when too many soluble flavors are removed from the coffee resulting in undesirable tastes). Plus, it can be difficult to strain the fine ground coffee without getting graininess in the final cold brew.
- Start with a high quality coffee bean. The flavor of your final cold brew is directly related to the coffee bean you start with. Spend some time sourcing good, quality beans!
- Don't brew the coffee for too long. When brewing your coffee in the refrigerator, the ideal brew length is around 12 - 24 hours (I perfer 18 hours). Don't allow the coffee to brew for too long, otherwise you risk having a bitter tasting coffee.
Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
Any caramel-flavored coffee beans will work for this recipe! Make sure they have been coarsely ground.
Each brand of caramel coffee beans is going to vary in taste. Experiment and try different brands to see which one is your favorite.
Sure, you can use whatever flavor of simple syrup you prefer! Personally, I like to use non-flavored simple syrup so the flavor of the caramel cold brew coffee can shine through.
Since cold brew is made differently than other hot brewed coffees, it's important to grind the coffee beans so they are coarse. Finely ground coffee beans used in cold brew risk over-extraction.
Other Coffee Recipes To Try
Be sure to check out some of my other favorite coffee recipes including:
- Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
- How To Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam Like Starbucks
- Espresso Cold Brew Recipe
- How To Make Cold Foam Without A Frother
- Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup
- How To Flavor Cold Brew (15 Flavoring Ideas)
Salted Caramel Cold Brew
- Add ground caramel flavored coffee beans and water to a 32 ounce (1 liter) glass jar. Stir or shake to combine until all the grounds are fully covered with water. Screw on the glass jar lid.
- Set glass jar in the refrigerator to steep for 18 hours.
- Place a mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter over a medium-sized bowl. Pour the brewed coffee into the coffee filter and allow to slowly strain. This may take up to 15 minutes. Discard the coffee grounds in the trash can (not down a garbage disposal).
- Add heavy cream, 2% milk, and ¼ ounce simple syrup to a high powdered blender. Blend for 45 seconds until a thick foam has formed.
- To serve, add ½ cup ice, 4 ounces caramel cold brew coffee, and the remaining ½ ounce simple syrup to a glass. Top with cold foam mixture.
Other Helpful Resources
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