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I created this recipe myself. I wanted something that tasted like the brand-name stuff but without the steep cost! I kept the recipe simple only using coffee, milk, and sugar like the brand name does. Concentrate stays good in the refrigerator for a month.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 day 1 hr
1 day 1 hr 30 mins
2 quarts


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix 6 cups water and coffee in a 1/2-gallon jar (such as Ball®) until grounds are completely saturated. Steep for 24 hours at room temperature, stirring occasionally.

  • Transfer the coffee to the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour.

  • Place a small colander on top of a tall, lidded plastic container. Line colander with a 6-inch square of cheesecloth; fit a coffee filter on top.

  • Pour about 1 cup of the coffee into the colander until filter begins to clog. Lift the corners of the cheesecloth carefully; twist the cloth and filter to extract the liquid. Drain the remaining liquid 1 cup at a time, using a new coffee filter each time. Repeat the process with the grounds, filtering 1 cup at a time; squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Refrigerate the concentrate until ready to use.

  • Combine concentrate, 1% milk, and condensed milk in a 1/2-gallon jar.

  • Dissolve 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar and cocoa powder together in a bowl of hot tap water. Add to the coffee-milk mixture; cover the jar and shake well.

Cook's Notes:

Use your favorite brand of coffee. I don't think the coarseness of the grounds is an issue. Fine-ground coffee may offer more flavor, but it will be harder to filter.

I started this recipe using whole milk. Well that combined with the condensed milk was kind of like a lactose bomb and was tough on the tummy so I use 1% now. Feel free to use any grade lowfat milk you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 10g; carbohydrates 36.9g; fat 4.9g; cholesterol 21.3mg; sodium 146.4mg. Full Nutrition