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Lemon Foam Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Lemon Cold bRew

Often when you look at a coffee menu or look at the taste profile of different coffee beans, you can find tastes like caramel, vanilla, and chocolate.

Or even mint, hazelnut, and coconut. But I’ve never heard about lemon topped coffee, and therefore, I had to try it.

What you’ll Need

  • Coffee Beans
  • 1/2 Cup Skim Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp Vanilla Syrup

Brew Time


Recipe Time


I’ve earlier posted a lemonade cold brew recipe on this blog (actually the first post I ever published), but that was more of a coffee flavored drink than actual coffee. Today I will show you how to make cold brew topped with a fluffy sweet lemon-flavored cold foam. I hope you will like it!



Lemons are as we all now very sour, and therefore they can be hard to combine with something like coffee. But, I think you could combine lemons and coffee with success if you do this:


1 – Don’t use too much lemon. You’ll only want a hint of lemon taste, not coffee topped with a bottle of lemon juice.

2 – Compensate the sourness with some sweetness. I’m using a sweet syrup, but you could also use sugar.


This is, of course, very basic, but crucial. My tip is to use vanilla syrup for sweetener since the vanilla goes very well with both lemons and coffee. It works as a flavor bridge and allows the lemons and coffee flavors to work together instead of working against each other. I recommend using a fresh lemon, but you could also use bottled lemon juice.


coffee and lemon - good combo?


Vanilla Syrup

You can get vanilla syrup from most bigger grocery stores or online. You can also make it yourself by combining sugar, water, and vanilla bean(s).

I’m using Monin’s vanilla syrup. One bottle will last for a long time.


The Coffee 

As in most of the recipes on this blog, I’m using DripBeans high quality coffee beans. However, if you are looking for cheaper beans, you could find these in your grocery store or online. 

I believe medium roasted beans are an excellent fit. Why not try DripBeans Everyday Hero coffee, high quality coffee explicitly developed for cold brew and roasted to order. 


That’s enough of info, let’s make some lemon cold foam cold brew!


cups with whole beans, ground coffee, lemon and empty


Step 1 – Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew is brewed for 12-24hrs, and therefore this is step one. If you want an in-depth on cold brewing, check out DripBeans cold brew video guide. If not, here are the basics:

Grind your coffee beans to a coarse grind. Add them to your cold brewing device of choice (cold brew maker, mason jar, French press, etc.) and add water. I’m using a French press.  How much coffee and water? It all depends on the size of the brewing device and what coffee-to-water ratio you are aiming for. I would suggest a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio for this recipe. 

Make sure all the coffee is covered in water and let it brew for 12-24hrs (I prefer 16-18hrs). Then, filter out the coffee grounds, and you are done. 


Dark roasted beans


Step 2 – The Lemon Cold Foam

Even though this foam is pretty easy to make, it can be hard to balance the tastes. It all depends on what sort of milk, lemons, and vanilla syrup you use. The cold brew coffee and your personal preference matter as well.

Add ½ a cup of skim milk to a milk frother or a French press. Then add one small tbsp of lemon juice from a freshly pressed lemon and 1-2 tbsp of vanilla syrup or your sweetener of choice. Let the milk frother cold foam, or if you are using a French press start to pull the filter up and down until you got a delicious fluffy foam. 

Make sure to taste your foam before you move to step 3. Maybe it is to sweet -> add more lemon, or perhaps it is to sour -> add more syrup.


top shot of cold brew with cold foam


Step 3 – Lemon Foam Cold Brew Coffee

Almost done, we just have to combine it all now.

Take a tall glass and fill it with ice. Add your fantastic homemade cold brew and top with the lemon cold foam. Lastly, top with some grated lemon zest, this gives a nice lemon taste without being too sour. There you go, cold brew topped with delicious lemon cold foam.



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