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Quick and Easy Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Coffee and whole wheat toast are one of my breakfast mainstays. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up so why not whip up a loaf of Irish Soda Bread one of the greatest gifts this Lazy Budget Chef (who can’t proof bread to save her life) has ever known – the bread machine. As luck would have it I have more whole wheat flour than white and more raisins than normal because I went to a bulk bin without a container and bought more raisin than I thought. No problem. I’ll make a Irish style whole wheat bread featuring those those happy raisins sitting in my kitchen. I am using the bread machine to make and proof the dough for this recipe and baking the bread in the oven because I want the round shape of a traditional Irish style bread. You can bake it that way or you can bake the whole wheat Irish bread from start to finish in a bread machine. It will taste just the same although I personally think baking bread in the bread maker makes it a little more dense than when I bake bread machine do

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee the Easy Way

Disclosure: This recipe is made possible through generous samples of Fire Department Coffee . This did not influence my opinion in any way as all opinions are my own.

I initially thought that cold brew coffee was pretentious speak for “iced coffee that takes longer to make and drunk from a Mason jar.”

Turns out cold brew is not the same thing as pouring strong hot coffee over ice like making iced coffee. 

Cold brewing coffee makes a smoother and sweeter tasting coffee than the sometimes slight bitterness or acidic taste of coffee maker coffee. Most folks drink their cold brew on ice which also helps dilute the strong concentrate. It’s the perfect way to kick your brain in gear on sweltering hot days.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate Recipe

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Basically making cold brew is similar to plunking teabags in a pitcher of water to make iced tea.

There are all sorts of fancy cold brew maker machines here . (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.) If you have a French Press like this kind , you can also use it to make cold brew coffee.  Or you can make cold brew the cheap and easy way using jars or pitchers you may already have at home. Guess which way I’m using?

That’s right, the cheap and easy cold brew way!

Step by Step How to Make this Cold Brew Concentrate Recipe

 You will need:

2 glass jars or large covered containers (if you want to make more than a couple of cups worth)


Coffee filter

Large jar funnel like this one

Coffee – I am using Fire Department Medium Roast coffee. Fire Department Coffee is run by active and retired firefighters who really, really, really love coffee. 

I have to drink my coffee black which means I am extremely picky about my coffee beans because I don’t toss in a bunch of extra syrup and stuff in my cup that covers up the bland taste of bad coffee beans. I was hopeful that I'd get a more flavorful bean because Fire Department Coffee roasts their beans individually and blends the different types of beans afterward unlike other brands that blend the beans while roasting. This makes a HUGE taste difference. Fire Department Coffee is dark, rich, and smooooooth. 

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I'd marry this coffee if I could.

The thing that really stole my heart is in addition to creating a charity that helps injured firefighters, Fire Department Coffee has a fun sense of humor (probably because they are highly caffeinated and have access to flamethrowers. Living the dream!)


You probably already know how to make hot coffee but watch the video anyway. It's funny!


1. Pour the water and ground coffee into a jar, pitcher, or French press full of water depending upon how much cold brew concentrate you want to make:

Small batch cold brew concentrate recipe: add 1/3 cup of coffee grounds to 1 cup of water

Large batch cold brew concentrate recipe: add 1 cup of coffee ground to 6 cups of water 


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Yes, I'm using an empty spaghetti sauce jar - so fancy!

Or adjust the coffee grounds to water to taste if you like your coffee so strong you can smell colors (don't know what I'm talking about? Which the video above.) This is the way I like to drink my coffee. I was happy to find that even when I drink Fire Department Coffee this strong it doesn’t tear up my stomach like espresso roasts sometimes do.

Just make sure you stir or swish the container so the water wets all of the coffee grounds.

2. Allow the coffee grounds to steep for 8 – 11 hours in the refrigerator depending upon how strong you want to make the concentrate (you will dilute this later.) 

If you let the grounds steep for more than 11 hours your cold brew may become bitter. Bitter coffee is not my jam but if you prefer it that way, go for it!

3. Filter the steeped water and coffee grounds into a clean container. I put a coffee filter into a canning funnel and it worked very well. (If I use my French Press, I pour the coffee through a muslin straining bag similar to this one  and into my cup otherwise I get stray grounds in the bottom of jar. Bleach.) 


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I had to filter my cold brew a little bit at a time due to the size of the funnel I used. So worth it though!

4. Store the filter cold brew concentrate in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

How to Dilute Cold Brew Concentrate

Basically you dilute your cold brew concentrate with equal amounts of concentrate and fresh water. Leave room in the glass for cream, sugar, or ice cubes if desired.

Bottoms up and drain your cup!

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Jhuls said…
I love cold brew! This is so helpful. Thanks a bunch for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! I hope to see you next week.