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Curb your Starbucks addiction with these at-home cold brew options

While we're really into Starbucks cold brew, at $2.75 for 12oz (including ice) the cost of drinking through that green straw adds up.

Forget sticking that mug of ice under your office's Keurig machine -- we have some great solutions to staying caffeinated, and cooling down, without the huge price tag and sans sacrifice to taste.

Red Thread Good Cold Brew

Long Island coffee company Red Thread Good brews
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Long Island coffee company Red Thread Good brews up a strong, flavorful cold brew! The USDA organic brew comes in chocolate, coconut, regular and decaf brews made from sustainable coffee beans. Low calorie and unsweetened, each bottle yields about 5 calories and has no sugar. Packaged in a glass bottle ($3.99/12oz) -- yes, your co-workers will think you're starting the morning with a beer -- or as concentrate, you can purchase Red Thread at local NYC stores or on Fresh Direct.

Plus, you can feel good about drinking this coffee -- 2 cents per serving purchased goes to help the community with God's Love We Deliver.

La Colombe's Pure Black Cold Brew

At $4 for a $12oz bottle, you're not
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At $4 for a $12oz bottle, you're not saving a ton of money here, but you can't negate the convenience of having a bottle of cold brew just waiting in the fridge! No long lines and plenty of chocolatey flavor come in this dark bottle of caffeinated goodness. Preservative free, this cold brew is best enjoyed over ice for optimum freshness and taste. Find it at local La Colombe locations or shop.lacolombe.com

Wandering Bear Cold Brew

Like boxed wine, but caffeinated and not alcoholic,
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Like boxed wine, but caffeinated and not alcoholic, Wandering Bear Coffee brings cold brew out of the coffeeshop and into your fridge. Each box contains 12 cups of caffeination to keep in your fridge and enjoy at your leisure. Created and made by hand in NYC, you're supporting local business every time you pick up a box of Wandering Bear from Murray's or on Fresh Direct ($30/96oz)!

Chameleon Cold Brew concentrate

All you need is water to turn Chameleon
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All you need is water to turn Chameleon Cold Brew concentrate into a full-fledged coffee drink! The organic, fair-trade coffee is also available in mocha and vanilla flavors to add a tinge of sweetness to your morning drink. Find it in local stores, Fresh Direct or online. $33/ for three 32oz bottles of concentrate or 24 cups of cold brew.

Stumptown Cold Brew

To some, the creme de la creme of
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To some, the creme de la creme of bottled cold brew, Stumptown's bottled coffee tastes just as good as it would from a cafe. Available in traditional, chocolate, and the new hard-to-find nitro can, which offers a tasty frothiness not unlike beer, Stumptown's cold brews are worth stocking up on -- and it pays to buy in bulk! $4 for 10.5oz or $35 for a 12-pack on FreshDirect.

Caff Cold Brew

These 32oz jars of double-filtered cold brew come
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These 32oz jars of double-filtered cold brew come ready-to-drink! Made by hand in Brooklyn (where else), Caff uses freshly roasted beans with a chocolatey and caramel finish in their strong cold brew. Serve over ice, with milk or just stick a straw in the jug! And yes, the packaging is cute and reusable. $39.99 for four 32oz jars, caffcoffee.com

Grady's Cold Brew Bean Bags

Best known for their bottled iced coffee concentrate,
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Best known for their bottled iced coffee concentrate, Brooklyn's based Grady's Cold Brew adds a bit of DIY to their coffee. If you can make tea, you can make these bean bags which can be brewed in pretty much any vessel -- even a sealed plastic bag! $11 for four bags, or twelve glasses of tasty New Orleans style cold brew is pretty much as cheap as it gets.

Bodum 3-cup French Press

For endless portions of 12oz cold brew, this
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For endless portions of 12oz cold brew, this is the tool you're going to want. A personal favorite of this writer, it doesn't take up much desk or table space, is easy to use and clean and looks pretty decorative.

To make cold brew, fill it with coarse-ground coffee, stir with twice (or three times) as much water, depending on how strong you like it, cover and let sit for 12-16 hours at room temperature. When you're ready to drink, press down the ground and let the press chill in the fridge or just serve over ice!

Yes, Starbucks sells Bodum presses, but you can also buy one at local food and home stores like Macy's ($39.99).

Via Bom Dia Dark Chocoate Cacao Coffee

If cold brew is too difficult, Via Bom
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If cold brew is too difficult, Via Bom Dia's beans work great as hot brewed coffee chilled and served over ice. Naturally flavored with chocolate (or chai, ginger or lavender if that's your preference), the subtle flavors painting the coffee beans (and yes, they're available pre-ground) are perfect in a nice ice cold cup. At $17/12oz of beans, you're getting a lot of flavorful caffeine for your buck!

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