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Whether you were already a coffee-brewing die-hard, or decided to invest in equipment to get your caffeine fix when unable to visit your favorite cafe, many of us are now swimming in bags of fresh coffee beans, underutilized coffee accoutrement or both. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, this how-to-brew guide will help you get the most out of your surfeit.

For those just dipping their toe (metaphorically, I hope) into home-coffee-brewing, there are few methods more forgiving than cold brew. If you have very coarse-ground beans; water cooler than room temperature; and a cool-ish, dark place to keep the mixture as it infuses, you’re basically guaranteed a mellow, smooth, velvety-rich cup. Being patient is the hardest part.

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