Iced coffee is very popular, especially during the summer. It’s a popular beverage, and for good reason. It’s a refreshing and delicious treat that coffee drinkers all over the world love.
It’s a great way to start your coffee-brewing journey and to improve your home-barista skills. It’s not quite as simple as pouring hot coffee over ice – that just leads to diluted, weak coffee water. Instead learn how to make creamy, delicious iced coffee that’s strong in both flavour and aroma, perfect for any time of the day.
This course will teach you how to make great iced espressos. I’ll also show you how to use different syrups and milks to create iced coffees that suit your taste buds. You can impress your guests by serving gold leaf ice cubes or drizzled chocolate iced espressos in a cute mason container.
We say goodbye to bland, watery coffees and messy pools of melted Ice. Instead, we will help you make perfect iced Coffee at Home with these 10 Tips.
1. The Japanese Method
If you want a strong, flavourfull cup of coffee, iced coffee with cold milk is not the best choice. However, brewing coffee with hot water can present problems. The most obvious is the melting of the ice cubes.
Your piping hot coffee will turn into a watery, stale mess when you pour it over ice. The Japanese method is a way to take into account how much water you have in your ice cubes. You should use less hot coffee because the ice will melt and dilute your coffee.
The Japanese method uses a stronger coffee. Making a super-concentrated, strong coffee to be poured over the ice cubes and then watered down by the melting ice is the way to go about it. This produces a coffee with a rich aroma that doesn’t sacrifice flavor!
For the Japanese method, one-third of liquid is ice while the remaining two-thirds are from pouring over coffee. Here’s an example of how to do it:
1oz (30g)Coffee Beans
5oz (150 g) Ice
13oz (350g), Hot Water at 205oF/96oC – Make sure to rinse the filter with hot water and not boil it!
Here are some steps to get there:
To filter coffee, grind the beans.
Rinse the filter, jug and tip out any excess water
Add the ice to your jug.
Pour 1 oz (30g) of hot water into a coffee pot. Cover the coffee beans with a towel and let it sit for 30 seconds.
Slowly add the rest of the water, moving slowly around the coffee.
Serve in a glass filled with ice.
The Japanese method is a great way to make iced coffee. You can use as much water as you want in your final cup.
2. Filtered water is best
It is no secret that filtered water tastes better, unless you live in a place like Scotland. It’s easy to make iced coffee with filtered water, and it doesn’t cost much more.
Filtered water is a great way to get the best tasting and highest quality coffee at home.
Make sure to use fresh, filtered water for your next batch. You should not use water that has fresh water in it as this will cause cross contamination.
You can also make your ice cubes from filtered water for iced coffee. These will melt in the coffee and disperse the strength. You can simply fill your ice cube tray with water the night before, and you’re good to go! Pure, filtered ice cubes, which will enhance the flavor of your beverage and not diminish it.
Try filtered water and discover the difference in taste!
3. Use a Coarse or Extra Coarse Grinder to make cold brew
For cold brew coffee, a coarse or extra coarse coffee grind is best. This grind setting can be used for cold brew coffee. You may also want to consider purchasing this pre-ground coffee for your french press. It will give you a slightly stronger flavour and won’t overpower colder beverages.
A coarser grind should look like sea salt. Extra coarse grinds will end up looking more like peppercorns. These coffee beans are usually larger and require less grinding, which results in chunkier pieces.
The water doesn’t instantly saturate these grinds. Instead, it passes through the small pieces and then over the outer layers of each bean, gradually saturating them for a subtle flavour. This causes a weaker taste, which is why it’s often preferred for cold brew coffee, iced lattes, and iced coffees.
Try a coarse grind for yourself to see the difference in flavour!
4. Use fresh, high quality coffee beans
High quality, fresh coffee beans produce better tasting coffee. It’s as simple as that!
You can elevate your drinks by creating a barista-quality experience in your kitchen with the highest quality ingredients.
This is particularly important when you are using cold brew or iced coffee. Colder drinks will often have more bitter and sour flavors than their hot counterparts. Warm drinks enhance flavours because heat melts them, while cold drinks expose more of the true flavour.
High quality coffee beans will give you the best tasting iced espresso. Enjoy the beverage with a sophisticated taste.
You should choose medium-to-low-acid roasts instead of those with intense flavour notes such as fruit or florals. These peaks will make the coffee taste bitter when iced and can detract from the experience. For a smoother, more dessert-based taste, such as vanilla, caramel, or chocolate, choose a roast that has a greater variety of flavour notes like chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and/or chocolate.
5. Add Syrups For Extra Flavour
Strawberry Syrup to Coffee
Flavored syrups are a fun way to spice up iced coffee. Add a teaspoon of syrup to your cold beverage for a luxurious twist.
To add flavor to your iced coffee, you can use simple store-bought syrups like maple syrup, caramel syrup, or chocolate syrup. You can also make your own flavor, as I did with my Strawberry Syrup.
You can add peppermint syrup, gingerbread, or salted caramel during the holiday season to cold brews, iced lattes, or iced coffee. Serve it to your guests as a fun treat. For extra festive points, serve in a mason container and decorate the glass by adding a candy cane.
You have many options for syrup. These delicious additions are great for warmer temperatures when you crave a sweet, but cold treat. You can also find sugar-free options to suit your tastes.
6. Coffee Ice Cube Melts: Here’s how
Ice coffee cubes in glasses with milk
Coffee ice cube melting is a great way to get stronger coffee without compromising on taste.
These are very easy to make. Here’s how you do it:
Make a new pot of coffee, and then make it concentrate (or you can use the left-over coffee).
Let cool completely so that the hot liquid doesn’t melt or warp your ice cube tray
Place in a tray of plastic ice cubes and freeze for at least one night
Coffee ice cubes can not only cool your drink, but they also enhance the taste of your iced coffee by melting. This is a win-win situation.
You can make your coffee ice cubes look fancy by adding extra ingredients like syrup, chocolate chunks or drizzled chocolate to make it festive and unique.
You can make iced coffee art with fun shapes by using ice cube tray trays. For Valentine’s Day, make heart-shaped ice cubes or Christmas tree shapes. If you’re serving iced coffee to guests, fun shapes are always a big hit.
7. Try Shaking Your Espresso In A Cocktail Shaker
Espresso can be cooled quickly by shaking it over ice. After cooling, strain the coffee and then pour it over ice in a tall glass.
This is how to achieve the perfect shot of espresso. By doing this, even if the ice melts, the diluted espresso can still handle the extra water without losing its flavor.
Ice coffee poured from a cocktail shaker will be super-super cold and won’t melt in the glass. You can.
Use filtered water when making ice cubes. This will ensure that the drink is not diluted with bad water. You can also invest in a good quality BPA-free tray for ice cubes that you can reuse time after time.
Make sure that you buy a cocktail shaker to make iced coffee. It’s not worth trying to strain the coffee into a sieve, only to end up with coffee all over your hands. For a great outcome, it’s worth investing in the right tools at the beginning.
8. For time savings, make a large batch
It’s a time-saver to make a large batch of iced tea. We all know that one cup is not enough. It’s possible to enjoy another cup the next day or even the next morning after having had our first cup.
Coffee lovers will find it essential to batch make iced coffee during summer months. Simply store your iced beverage in a large glass jug or a container that is safe for the refrigerator and enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee whenever you are ready.
Double-pressing the coffee is also an option. Make a large pot with double-strength black coffee and keep it in the fridge. This works well if there are multiple coffee lovers in your household that prefer different milks or different amounts of coffee.
It’s great to have a different iced coffee every time. Try almond milk in the morning, and chocolatey hazelnut afternoon.
9. Get Creamier Iced Coffee with Non-Dairy Milk
Ice coffee with vegan cream
There are so many non-dairy milk alternatives that you will never be bored. There are many options, including soy and oat.
For a rich and creamy taste, add almond or cashew nut milk to your iced coffee.
Coconut milk makes a great iced coffee option in summer. It has a creamy finish and hints of tropical decadence.
Hazelnut milk makes a delicious, chocolatey, and nutty iced coffee. This milk can be used to make iced mocha coffees. It adds a nutella-like flavor to your coffee. Yum!
Oat milk makes a great, creamy drink that’s perfect for breakfast. Oat milk can be added to iced coffee while you enjoy porridge oatmeal for breakfast. The oaty flavor complements coffee well because it balances out the bitterness of the drink and adds a slight sweetness.
If you add plant-based milk to your iced tea, make sure it is as cold as you can! Instead of opening an unopened carton at room temperature, cool it in the fridge overnight before opening it and adding it to your drink.
10. Make a cold brew in your French Press
Cold-brew coffee was a trendy and new way to make coffee in 2010. This coffee is smoother and more flavorful than regular coffee.
Make iced coffee with cold coffee in a French Press. Pour your favorite roast into your French press. Leave it to steep for your preferred flavour or to let it sit overnight.
When your coffee is at the right strength, press the French press. Enjoy with cold milk, if desired.
Because the ratios are higher in cold brew coffee, it is usually stronger than freshly brewed coffee. You will notice the same caffeine strength if you use the same ratios for cold brew coffee as for drip coffee.
This brew will have a slightly different aroma to hot coffee. The compounds in the roast are not activated by heat so it won’t smell as good.
Because it isn’t as bitter as hot, cold brew makes a great iced coffee option. It’s great for making a sweeter, milder iced coffee. To take cold brew iced tea to the next level, add plant-based milk or flavoured syrups.
My favorite cold brew recipe?
Coarse Ground Coffee 3 Oz (85 g).
Room Temperature or Cold Filtered water 35 oz (1 Liter)
Do you prefer a jar or cold-brew coffee maker? I used Ovalware Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker
You can make less than 7 oz (200g) and 6oz (17g) of cold brew.
Coffee should be ground to a coarse grind.
Make cold brew by adding water and coffee
You can achieve the perfect balance with cold brew by waiting 12-18 hours. After 18 hours, you may start to taste bitter coffee.
These top tips will inspire you to make iced coffee. I also hope that you feel empowered to create tall glasses of this popular beverage.
We hope you find this article helpful, whether you decide to try the Japanese method and melt the ice to make your final beverage or just to switch to a higher quality coffee bean or better filtered water. Here is more information about Iced coffee maker.
Try flavoured syrups or plant-based milk to elevate your iced coffee experience. In no time, you’ll be a seasoned barista in your own kitchen!