During the summer months, it’s easy to get caught up in the heat. After all, the thought of a refreshing cold beverage on a hot afternoon can sound like the perfect solution.

However, with so many choices out there, it can be hard to find something that’s truly refreshing.

So today, I’m going to show you how to make cold brew coffee from scratch and guide you through this recipe. But that’s not all; I’m also going over everything you need to make cold foam yourself.

Moreover, adding a layer of foam can take this refreshing cold brew drink to another level. Here’s everything you need to know about cold brew with cold foam.

What is cold brew with cold foam?

Cold brew coffee is becoming increasingly popular due to its amazing taste and low acidity, making it easy to drink. It’s made by brewing coffee grounds in cold or room temperature water for a long period of time.

"Cold brew with cold foam."

While you can purchase it at your local grocery store or coffee shop, nothing beats the freshness of making it at home.

Cold brew with cold foam is a cold brew-based coffee drink topped with an airy foam made from low-fat milk. The foam is sometimes flavored to make an even more interesting coffee drink, like this salted foam.

But today, I’ll be showing you how to make the regular cold foam to top your cold brew coffee with. This is the basis for good foam, and you can use this to flavor up any iced or cold brew coffee you want to make this summertime.

What type of milk to use for cold foam

Cold foam is made by using low-fat milk. You can use 2% fat milk or nonfat milk for this recipe, depending on your preference.

"Milk in a jar."

I’ve also tried to make the milk foam with whole milk, and it seems to work fine, but it doesn’t get quite the foam you can expect with lower-fat milk.

Optionally, you can use a milk alternative for the foam as well. But these milk alternatives are just like whole milk and are tough to fluff properly. However, it still works fine, and you should be able to make an amazing cold foam because of it.

Later on, I’ve also listed the number of calories added when using different kinds of milk.

What equipment is needed for cold foam?

You have a ton of options to choose from when choosing what kind of equipment you can use to make this foam at home. You can use:

  • A French press
  • A blender
  • Hand-held mixer
  • Milk frother
  • Mason jar or another resealable jar

As you can see from the options I’ve mentioned above, you get to choose how to make the foam.

In short, I recommend using a milk frother for the best result. But mostly, I like to use a French press to make my foam.

"Cold foam made with a milk frother."

If you want to learn more about the different options and produce a proper milk foam with them, you can check out this article I’ve recently written about the 5 ways to make cold foam at home.

It’s a great way to learn all about the techniques and what not to do when it comes to making milk foam at home. I’ve listed the French press technique down below, so you can use the more effortless cold foaming technique for this recipe:

How to make cold milk foam

Cold brew coffee is usually less acidic than hot-brewed coffee, and it’s naturally sweeter than espresso — and it’s very trendy at the moment.

And the biggest trend of them all is cold brew coffee topped with fluffy foam, so today, I’ll show you how to make it yourself so you can enjoy it without going to a nearby coffee bar.

You’ll need the following items to get started:

  • 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of low-fat milk
  • French press (or any other option mentioned above)
"Cold foam made with a French press."

To make the cold milk foam from scratch, you can follow the steps below. Don’t worry; it is probably one of the more easy toppings to make coffee:

  1. Add the low-fat milk of choice into the French press beaker.
  2. Add the plunger on top and start pressing up and down vigorously for the next 30 to 45 seconds.
  3. You’ll see the milk transform into a fluffy consistency. If this happens and the milk has a great fluff, you can stop plunging.
  4. You can use the milk foam straight away from this point on.

If you want to store the foam for the next day, you can transfer the cold milk foam into another container to store it in the refrigerator.

However, if you don’t plan on making any French press coffee, you can leave it in the beaker.

You can use the foam the next day, but I suggest using the plunger again for a few seconds as the foam might be less fluffy from storing in the refrigerator.

How to make cold brew coffee

For this recipe, you’re going to need a good amount of cold brew coffee. You can choose to make cold brew coffee, cold brew espresso, or even cold brew concentrate.

The difference between the regular cold brew and concentrate is the amount of water and coffee used. I’ll go over the easiest way to make cold brew coffee, using the regular way down below.

"Cold brew coffee steeping in a French press."

However, if you want to learn how to make cold brew concentrate, you can check out this article.

This article covers all the differences in flavor between the concentrate and the regular version, but more importantly, how to make it yourself.

Tip: If you feel like trying an espresso cold brew coffee for once, you might consider checking out this article. I’ll show you a few ways to make this ultra-strong cold brew version and how to use it properly.

It’s great that you have so many options to choose from, but don’t worry if you haven’t brewed cold brew before. (And yes, you can use decaf coffee as well for cold brew)

Down below, you’ll find all the steps needed to make some amazing cold brew coffee from scratch:

  1. Combine 80 grams of coarsely ground coffee and 800 grams of cold water in a large container, preferably a French press if you have one.
  2. Stir this mixture until all the coffee grounds are wetted equally.
  3. Cover this mixture and set it aside on your kitchen counter for the next 15 hours.
  4. After the time has passed, it’s time to filter the cold brew coffee.
  5. To do so, either add the plunger of the French press on the beaker and press down.
  6. Or, grab a sieve and a kitchen towel or cheesecloth to it. Pour in the coffee and water mixture and let it run through. You’ll be left with a beautifully clean cold brew coffee.

If you want to make cold brew coffee in a breeze, I suggest using a cold brew coffee maker instead of a French press or any other container. If this is something that you’d be interested in, you can check it out here:

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That’s really all there is to it. I know it sounds straightforward, but if you want to go a bit more in-depth about making cold brew coffee at home, I highly suggest checking out this article I wrote about making cold brew coffee from scratch.

Can you add cold foam to any drink?

You can add cold foam to any iced-based coffee, like cold brew coffee topped with foam or any flavored iced coffee where you’d normally add milk to make it a bit less punchy from the coffee.

The cold foam is a new way of adding milk to your iced coffees in the summer. The foamy goodness will still add a touch of milk to your iced coffee of choice but will give you the added texture that can level up your iced coffee game.

It’s a great way to add milk to your iced coffees, with a bit more jazz. Also, it looks amazing as the foam sits on top of any kind of cold coffee that you like to drink.

Cold Brew With Cold Foam

Easy recipe to make robust cold brew coffee topped with creamy cold foam.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 tbsp of cold foam
  • 1 cup (0.24 l) of diluted cold brew coffee
  • Ice cubes


For this recipe, you can use as much cold foam as you see fit. I like to use 3 tbsp of cold foam for one cup of cold brew coffee as this is just the perfect amount to add.

  1. Add ice cubes to a glass of choice. I like to add ice cubes until the glass is filled to halfway.
  2. Pour in diluted cold brew coffee.
  3. Ladle the cold foam on top. Please be careful with adding the cold foam. When you lay it down nicely, the cold foam will float on top like a pillowy cushion.

I suggest serving the cold brew coffee straight away. This way, you keep the good-looking cold foam intact.


The number of calories is calculated by adding 3 tbsp of 2% fat milk, which works amazing for this recipe. If you want to use a different kind of milk for this recipe, you can check out the calorie table I've listed below.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 15Total Fat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.38gUnsaturated Fat: 0.17gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 1.43gSugar: 1.54gProtein: 1g

Calories in a cold brew with cold foam

Cold brew coffee itself has almost no calories to it. The only calories you can find in your cold brew with foam are the number of calories from the milk.

So to know how many calories are in your cold brew with cold foam, I’ve made a table showing you the number of calories that you can expect when using different kinds of milk and milk alternatives:

Adding:How many calories:
Whole milk19 calories
2 % fat milk15 calories
Nonfat milk10 calories
Almond milk7 calories
Oat milk16 calories
Soy milk15 calories


It’s so amazing that you can make such a great foamy layer with just a splash of low-fat milk. I like adding this to my daily cold brew coffee in the summer.

I’ve also mentioned different ways to use it with iced coffees, as these coffee drinks also look amazing with just a few tablespoons of cold foam.

If you’re interested in trying more coffee recipes, you can check out the links below. I’ve listed a few coffee recipes that might be of interest to you.

Either way, have a great rest of your day!

Do you love adding cold foam to cold brew coffee as much as I do? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!

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