Nothing gets the gears grinding quite like cold brew, but sometimes you don’t want the gears to grind too much. That’s where we come in, showing you how to brew cold brew a few different ways based on the caffeine content (or lack thereof) that you’re looking for.

To begin, each of the three recipes use the same base recipe, found here:

1. Fill a disposable or reusable cold brew coffee filter bag with 227g of medium-coarse ground coffee. (If you’re really in a pinch, you can even use a new tube sock as a filter.) If you don’t have a scale to weigh out the coffee, 227g is roughly 2 cups.

2. Make sure that the bag is fully closed or sealed.

3. Set the filter-bag into the bottom of a vessel of your choosing. The vessel needs to be large enough to hold 64 oz. of water, so that large pitcher you thrifted that’s been in your cupboard collecting dust can get some use, or even a food-safe bucket or kitchen bowl would do. 

4. Fill your vessel with 64 oz. of room temperature water. 

5. Place the lid or covering on your brewing vessel and keep stored at room temperature for 15 hours.

6. After the 15 hour brew time is complete, lift the filter out and let the liquid drain from the filter to capture all the cold brew goodness.

7. Once brewed, this product is best stored in an airtight container and must be refrigerated. We recommend drinking this within 2 weeks.

Cold Brew

Want to try something different? Try using cold water and letting the brew steep in the fridge instead. I find that maintaining a low temperature while cold brewing prevents undesirable volatile aromatics from dissolving while brewing, and the amount of total dissolved solids (TDS) is lower as well, which provides a slightly ‘cleaner’, less concentrated tasting brew.

It’s no secret that cold brew can be highly caffeinated. Afterall, the coffee to water ratio of many cold brew recipes is much higher than it is for pour-over and drip coffee. 

This fully caffeinated cold brew slaps, and we mean that quite literally. Like a kick in the teeth, this juicy, creamy cold brew is the jolt of energy you need to get you through, well…just about anything.

For this recipe, follow the base recipe above, using 227g of your favorite Stone Creek Coffee, ground medium-coarse. 

Pro-tip: If you’re looking for something bright and acidic, try a light roast like our Green Dragon Costa Rica. If you’re looking for something full-bodied and sweet, try a medium-dark roast like our 3 Volcanoes Dark Guatemala. Personally, I love to try our rotating line of Small Batch offerings as Cold Brew. 

Sometimes you need some caffeine, sans the jitters. We’ve got you covered with this half-caff variation of our cold brew recipe. Though this example uses our Decaf Cream City paired with our Cream City, you can use any combo you wish! Want more or less caffeine than half-caff? Adjust the decaf and full-caff coffee weights as you please.

Follow the base recipe above, using 114g Decaf Cream City and 113g Cream City ground medium-coarse.

Let’s face it, sometimes we (our our bodies) just don’t want or need any caffeine, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want coffee! This cold brew recipe uses 100% decaf to give you that coffee taste, without the coffee jitters.

Follow the base recipe above, using 227g of Decaf Cream City or Decaf Green Bike ground medium-coarse.

Want to step up your cold brew game? Cop the ESPRO Cold Brew System and filters. Our favorite part of the ESPRO CB System? The extra fine mesh filter screen at the bottom of the vessel helps further filter out fines at the bottom of the brew, leaving the final cup even fresher and crispier. Bonus? It comes with a 64oz jug to decant your final brew into, perfect for fridge or cooler storage. Want to make your cold brew nitro? Fear not, we’ve got you covered with the uKeg Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Bring the keg with you to the office, beach, or wherever you want nitro cold brew on hand. 

Cold Brew Blog

Cold brew is for everyone, whether you like to brew it at home or grab it on the go at your neighborhood Stone Creek cafe. Add milk, sugar, syrup, or drink it straight up — the cold variety of coffee is customizable, however you like it. We’ve created an easy-to-use product for those who prefer to brew at home, but want the guesswork taken out. Click the button below to shop our line of Cold Brew Filter Packs, which are pre-ground & pre-weighed #FarmToCup coffee in a cold brew filter. And as always, all orders at get free carbon neutral shipping via UPS Ground. Start cold brew season off right by brewing up a batch of your favorite Stone Creek coffee.

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At Stone Creek Coffee, social responsibility is a foundational element of our identity. We believe that a commitment to the environment must coexist with other elements of social responsibility for a holistic approach to doing our best for the world and others.

Stone Creek Coffee will regularly audit and identify areas of environmental strength and weakness within the overall operations of the organization.  We will attempt to reduce any negative impacts to air, surface water, ground water, public health, community quality of life, and employee health while producing coffee that is sweet, clean, and juicy. Stone Creek Coffee will strive for continual improvement in pollution prevention while meeting or exceeding all regulations.

Jessica Sheridan, Director of Coffee 
As a mission-driven company, at Stone Creek Coffee, we believe in serving and enhancing the local communities we live and work in.

We believe that the socially responsible practices we apply daily in our internal operations can proliferate with the involvement of our stakeholders, customers, and our communities. In each community where our employees work and live, we — as Stone Creek Coffee and individual members of the community — actively create opportunities to play a positive role through various initiatives. These initiatives include support of important charitable organizations through monetary and/or material donations, promoting volunteerism, and more.

In line with our mission to be socially responsible, we also commit to the following: 

Serving Local Customers
  • We commit to serve at least 75% local and independent clients or customers. 
  • Local Hiring - As a company that is committed to its local community, at Stone Creek Coffee, we are also committed to local hiring.
  • Local Suppliers - We are committed to using local suppliers when possible.

Jessica Sheridan, Director of Coffee 

At Stone Creek Coffee, social responsibility is a foundational aspect of our identity. As such, we expect our partners and suppliers to conduct themselves and their business in an ethical, legal, and socially responsible manner including, but not limited to, their commitment to the environment, their employees, and the community. 

Legal Requirements

We expect that all suppliers know and follow the laws that apply to them and their business, as well as to treat the law as the minimum standard. 

Ethical Requirements - Integrity

At Stone Creek Coffee, we believe in conducting business with integrity and as a force for good. We expect our suppliers to operate fairly and ethically. Bribes, kickbacks, inappropriate gifts or hospitality, or other improper incentives in connection with Stone Creek Coffee are not tolerated. Suppliers are expected to avoid any conflict of interest relating to financial interests or other arrangements with our employees that may be considered inappropriate, and are to work with their own suppliers to promote business conduct consistent with the principles in this Code.

Labor Requirements 

Child Labor and Slavery - We do not tolerate child labor or slavery in our supply chain. Consistent with the United Nations Global compact principles, suppliers should avoid any sort of child labor in the business operations. 

Identification of Concerns - Suppliers are required to provide means for their employees to report concerns or potentially unlawful activities in the workplace. Any report should be treated in a confidential manner. Suppliers will investigate such reports and take corrective action if needed.

Wages and Working Conditions

Working Hours, Wages and Benefits - Working hours for suppliers’ employees will not exceed the maximum set by the applicable national law. Compensation paid to employees will comply with applicable national wage laws and ensure an adequate standard of living. Suppliers are expected to provide their employees with fair and competitive compensation and benefits. Compensation and benefits should aim at providing an adequate standard of living for employees and their families. Suppliers’ employees will be paid in a timely manner. It is recommended that suppliers offer their employees ample training and educational opportunities.

Diversity and Inclusion - Fair and equal treatment of all employees is expected to be a fundamental principle of all of our supplier’s corporate policies. Typical discriminatory treatment takes into consideration – consciously or unconsciously – irrelevant characteristics of an employee such as race, national origin, gender, age, physical characteristics, social origin, disability, religion, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any unlawful criterion under applicable law. Suppliers will ensure that their employees are not harassed in any way. Stone Creek Coffee encourages its suppliers to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment while exercising diversity when it comes to their employees as well as in their decisions to select subcontractors.

Health, Safety, Quality, and Security

Health and Safety - In order to provide dignity and respect, we expect all of our suppliers to protect workers’ rights and provide safe and healthy working conditions. We encourage our supplier partners to foster an environment that is inclusive, and free of harassment and discrimination. 

Emergency Preparedness, Risk Information, and Training - Suppliers will make available safety information on identified workplace risks and suppliers’ employees will be correspondingly trained to ensure they are adequately protected. Suppliers will identify and assess likely and potential emergency situations in the workplace and minimize their impact by implementing emergency plans and response procedures.

Quality and Security - Suppliers are expected to have good security practices across their supply chains. Suppliers will maintain processes and standards that are designed to assure the integrity of each shipment to Stone Creek Coffee from its origin through to its destination and all points in between. Suppliers are expected to implement the necessary and appropriate measures in their area of responsibility to ensure that Stone Creek Coffee products, their workable components or raw materials as well as the corresponding know-how do not end up in the hands of counterfeiters or third parties and do not leave the legal supply chain.

Environmental Awareness 

Waste and Emissions - Suppliers will have systems in place to ensure the safe handling, movement, storage, recycling, reuse and management of waste, air emissions and wastewater discharges. Any of these activities that have the potential to adversely impact human or environmental health will be appropriately managed, measured, controlled and handled prior to release of any substance into the environment. Suppliers will have systems in place to prevent or mitigate accidental spills and releases into the environment.

Resource Conservation and Climate Protection - Suppliers are expected to use natural resources (e.g. water, sources of energy, raw materials) n an economical way. Negative impacts on the environment and climate will be minimized or eliminated at their source or by practices such as the modification of production, maintenance and facility processes, material substitution, conservation, recycling and material reutilization. Suppliers will engage in the development and use of climate-friendly products and processes to reduce power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Preference to Purchase from Local Suppliers and Suppliers with Ownership from Underrepresented Populations - At Stone Creek Coffee, we are committed to our community and the environment. As such, we have a preference to purchase from local suppliers when possible, as well as to purchase from suppliers who support other local suppliers. We also give preferences to suppliers with ownership from underrepresented populations.

Supplier Audits and Record Keeping - In order to make responsible, well-informed business decisions and disclose truthful and timely information to our stakeholders, we expect our supplier partners to maintain accurate and honest records.  In line with this, we expect our supplier partners to do the following: maintain books and records that reflect all transactions in an accurate, honest, and timely way; employ appropriate quality audit and compliance processes for matters such as product and food safety, worker health and safety, and labor and employment; to enable traceability, disclose the location of facilities and known origins of materials upon request/audit.

When screening potential suppliers, we screen for the following:
  1. Compliance with all local laws and regulations, including those related to social and environmental performance
  2. Good governance, including policies related to ethics and corruption, as well as diversity and inclusion
  3. Positive practices beyond what is required by regulations (e.g. environmentally-friendly manufacturing process, excellent labor practices, performance to the Core Commitments, etc.)
  4. Third-party certifications related to positive social and/or environmental performance (B Corp certification, Bird Friendly, etc.)
  5. Local suppliers should be given preference (within 250 miles of Factory)
  6. Suppliers owned by underrepresented populations should be given preference

Jessica Sheridan, Director of Coffee 

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