DIY Iced Coffee Protein Drink

Photo by Kenny Louie

Photo by Kenny Louie

Cold brew coffee is all the rage. A coworker of mine brought some to the office that she had made in her French press. My french press is too small, so I did some searching online for other ideas. I didn’t want to buy something if I ended up not liking it, or not making it all that often.

I finally ran across an article on Business Insider, which recommended using a 2 quart pitcher and a nut milk bag. I posted on Facebook asking where I could get one of those nut milk bags locally, and my husband responded, “a hop sack is basically the same thing, I have several.” Which just goes to show that I need to remember to ask my husband before posting things on Facebook.

What You’ll Need

  • 4 1/2 oz coffee (Espresso roast, medium grind)
  • 2 quart jar (I used a half gallon Ball jar that I had laying around)
  • something to steep the grounds – a nut milk bag, muslin tea bag, hop sack, or even muslin tied into a bundle
  • almond milk, milk, or protein powder (optional)


  • place the coffee in the bag
  • place the bag in the jar or pitcher
  • fill with cold or room temperature water
  • put the lid on and put in the refrigerator for 11 hours and 40 minutes
  • squeeze the bag to get out any remaining coffee water goodness
  • dilute 1:1 ratio with coffee and water (optional)
  • add milk, cream, protein powder as desired (optional)

The Verdict:

The original article says to dilute it 1:1, so I mixed up 4 oz of the coffee, 4 oz of water, and two scoops of Tera’s Whey Organic Bourbon Vanilla┬áprotein powder. I did try a little bit before I diluted it, and it was heavenly. I can see why they say it is less bitter to cold brew coffee. After mixing it up, I was in love. It tasted just like a Sbucks frappuccino that I don’t buy any more because it has too many calories and I can’t justify spending the money on it. And because of the protein powder, I was able to get 21 grams of protein in only 110 calories (3 grams of sugars, Tera’s Whey is sweetened with Stevia). I think this will become one of my summer morning staples!

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