How to Make Iced Coffee

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Iced coffee is a delicious and refreshing way to enjoy your favorite coffee.

Whether you’re looking for a cold brew, hot coffee, or something in between, there are plenty of ways to make iced coffee.

In this article, we’ll discuss the different methods of making iced coffee, including cold brew, French press, drip coffee, and more.

We’ll also provide tips and recipes for making the perfect iced coffee. So, let’s get started!

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What Is Iced Coffee?

Iced coffee is simply coffee that has been chilled or cooled down to room temperature before drinking.

It can be made with hot or cold brewed coffee like in the coffee shop, as well as with leftover coffee or instant coffee.

The most popular brewing process to make iced coffee is with cold brew or French press.

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping ground coffee in cold water for an extended period of time (usually 12-24 hours).

French press is a method of brewing hot coffee that involves pressing a plunger down through a filter filled with ground coffee and hot water.

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How to Make Iced Coffee

Making the best iced coffee drink is easy and can be done in a variety of ways. Here are some of the most popular methods:

Iced Coffee Recipe

1. Cold Brew

Cold brew is the most popular way to make iced coffee.

To make cold brew, you’ll need ground coffee, cold water, and a container for steeping (such as a mason jar).

Simply combine the ground coffee and cold water in the container and let it steep for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator.

Once it’s done steeping, strain out the grounds and enjoy your cold coffee!

2. French Press

To make iced coffee with a French press, you’ll need ground coffee, hot water, and a French press.

Start by adding the ground coffee to the French press and then pour in the hot water.

Place the plunger on top and let it steep for 4-5 minutes.

Once it’s done steeping, slowly press down on the plunger to separate the grounds from the liquid.

Pour your hot brewed iced coffee into a tall glass filled with ice cubes and enjoy!

3. Drip Coffee

To make drip iced coffee, you’ll need ground coffee, an electric kettle or stovetop kettle, a drip brewer (such as a Chemex), and ice cubes.

Start by heating up water in your electric or stovetop kettle until it’s just below boiling (around 200°F).

Then add the ground coffee to your drip brewer and slowly pour in the hot water until it reaches the desired level (usually around 8 ounces).

Let it steep for 4-5 minutes before pouring your iced coffee over coffee ice cubes in a tall glass.

4. Instant Coffee

Instant iced coffee is one of the quickest ways to make iced coffee.

Simply add 1-2 tablespoons of instant coffee to 8 ounces of cold water and stir until dissolved.

Add ice cubes to a tall glass and pour in your instant iced coffee mixture.

You can also add simple syrup, maple syrup, brown sugar, or other sweeteners for added flavor.

Tips for Making Delicious Iced Coffee

1. Use fresh coffee beans

The key to making delicious iced coffee is using fresh beans that have been recently roasted.

This will ensure that your iced coffee has the best flavor possible.

If you don’t have access to freshly roasted beans, you can buy pre-ground beans from your local grocery store or online.

Just make sure they’re labeled as “freshly roasted” or something similar so you know they’re fresh!

2. Choose the right grind size

The grind size of your beans will determine how quickly they extract flavor from the water during brewing.

For cold brew and French press iced coffees, use a coarse grind size (similar to sea salt).

For drip iced coffees, use a medium grind size (similar to table salt).

For instant iced coffees, use a fine grind size (similar to powdered sugar).

3. Experiment with flavors

Iced coffees are a great way to experiment with different flavors and ingredients such as coconut milk, hazelnut syrup, chocolate syrup, whole milk, creamers, etc.

Try adding different combinations of these ingredients to your iced coffees until you find your favorite flavor combination!

4. Use leftover brewed coffees

If you have leftover brewed coffees from earlier in the day or week that you don’t want to waste, try using them to make iced coffees!

Simply pour them over ice cubes in a tall glass and enjoy!

You can also freeze leftover brewed coffees into ice cubes so they don’t get watered down when you add them to your drink later on.

5. Make simple syrups

Simple syrups are an easy way to add sweetness and flavor to your iced coffees without adding any extra calories or sugar.

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until dissolved (about 3 minutes).

Once cooled, add it to your iced coffees for added sweetness and flavor!

You can also experiment with different flavors by adding extracts such as vanilla or almond extract for added complexity!


Making delicious iced coffees at home is easy and can be done in a variety of ways depending on what kind of equipment you have available.

Whether you use cold brew, French press, drip brewer, or instant coffees – there are plenty of options available for making delicious iced coffees at home!

Experiment with different flavors and ingredients such as coconut milk, simple syrups, creamers etc., until you find your favorite combination!

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January 29, 2023 — Konnichi wa