How to Make Iced Coffee – Top 3 Methods

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There’s no denying how refreshing a cup of iced coffee can be on a hot day. What’s more, iced coffee ensures you don’t need to forgo your caffeine kick when the weather warms up.

Luckily, with a few simple pieces of coffee gear (and some freshly roasted beans), you can make delicious iced coffee from your own home.

Below, we outline the three common types of iced coffee, show you how to make them, and answer some commonly asked questions.

How to make iced coffee at home

One of the advantages of ice coffee is that it is extremely easy to make at home. It can be made in a variety of ways but here are the three most popular:

Iced Coffee (filter coffee)

Iced filter coffee can be made with different pour-over methods such as a V60, a Kalita or an Aeropress.

Of the three recipes that we will cover, this one is the best to drink without milk or sugar in order to taste the notes of the coffee.

You will need to make your filter coffee as you would normally but use half the amount of water.

Brew your coffee using hot water over a glass with a couple of ice cubes, that way, the coffee will begin to melt the ice as you are brewing and you will end up with a drink that has the proper water ratio.

If you use the regular amount of water for pour over iced coffee, your drink will taste diluted.

Light and medium roast coffees are preferred when making iced coffee with a filter as darker roasts tend to taste bitter when chilled.

Iced Coffee Recipe

Serves: 1

  1. Choose your brew method. We recommend starting with something common and straightforward like the Hario V60.
  2. Grind 20g of filter roast coffee on a medium-fine grind setting (the same as you would usually for pour over)
  3. Rinse the paper filter and let it drain, then pour your coffee grounds into the brewer.
  4. Place 150g of ice in your cup or serving vessel then place the brewer on top.
  5. Pour 150g of hot water evenly over your coffee grounds in a circular motion.
  6. This drink is ready to be consumed as soon as the water has passed through the grounds.

Iced Latte (with espresso)

The iced latte is a variation of iced coffee that uses espresso shots instead of brewed coffee.

You will need to grind coffee beans first to a fine consistency and use an espresso machine to pull an espresso shot.

Once you have your espresso ready, fill a glass with ice and milk before pouring the espresso on top. You will end up with a drink that is creamier than regular iced coffee. It also comes with the sharp taste of espresso which is not found in the other iced coffee methods.

The main difference between iced coffee and iced latte is that the latte is made with espresso which means you can not make it ahead of time and need some special equipment i.e. an espresso machine.

Iced Latte Recipe

Serves: 1

  1. Grind your coffee for espresso as you would normall and pull a double shot of espresso. This step should take place immediately befor you make the drink – you don’t want to let your espresso cool down, as espresso tastes the best when it is fresh.
  2. Pour your espresso in to the bottom of a tall glass.
  3. Half fill the glass with ice. You can expiriment with the amount of ice that works best for you but keep in mind that as the ice melts it will dilute your drink.
  4. Add your milk. For a double espresso shot you should be aiming for approximately 250g of milk but this will differ depending on how much ice you have. Full fat milk works best.
  5. Give it a stir with a spoon and your drink is now ready to serve!
  6. We recommend giving this drink a go unsweetened, however, you can also experiment with sugar, chocolate syrup and other flavoured syrups.

Cold Brew (brewed overnight)

Cold brew is perhaps the easiest of all methods for making at home.

All you need is coffee grounds (coarse grind) and room temperature water. The preferred ratio for cold brew is 1:10, one part coffee for 10 parts water.

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You can also use this method with a ratio as low as 1:5, which will create a cold brew concentrate, which can then be used to make larger batches of cold brew by adding water (great for serving large groups).

The main difference between iced coffee and cold brewed coffee is that with cold brew the coffee grounds are never in contact with hot water.

Mix the coffee and the water and let it steep for 12 to 16 hours in the fridge. You will be left with cold brew coffee that is ready to drink.

Once you are ready to drink it you just filter it to get rid of extra sediments. You can do this using a kitchen sieve, but if possible it’s good to also run it through a paper coffee filter to get a completely clean cup.

Just as with iced coffee, you can add milk or sugar to taste if you feel like the coffee flavour is too strong.

Cold Brew Recipe

Serves: 4

  1. Grind 3/4 of a cup (approximately 85 grams) of coffee to a coarse consistency. The coffee beans should end up looking like sea salt.
  2. Once the beans have been coarsely ground, place them in the container of your choice (french press, jar, etc) along with 3 cups of cold filtered water. Give it a switrl or mix with a spoon to make sure all the coffee is wet.
  3. Steep the coffee for 12 and 16 hours. We recommend leaving it in the fridge for this process but it can also be steeped at room temperature (then transferred to the fridge to cool before serving)
  4. Filter your cold brew using metal or paper filters.
  5. Pour your cold brew into a glass cup over some ice and enjoy. We suggest adding milk, sugar, or sweetened condensed milk if you want a sweeter drink. To avoid undissolved sugar grits in your coffee, try making a simple syrup (heated water and sugar).

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Other types of iced coffee

How to make iced coffee with Nespresso

The advantage of making iced coffee with a Nespresso coffee machine is that you can choose the coffee capsule that suits you the most based on origin or strength. In a tall glass, place a couple of ice cubes before extracting 40ml of coffee (espresso setting). Once the coffee has been extracted, add cold water and stir. You can add sugar, cold milk or more water if you feel like the coffee is too strong. We recommend experimenting with different capsules so that you can experience iced coffee with different notes.

How to make iced coffee with instant coffee

Using instant coffee is one of the fastest ways to make iced coffee. All you need to do is add two tablespoons of instant coffee into a glass of cold water and mix it before adding ice cubes. The amount of water you use will determine the strength of the coffee. If you want your iced coffee to taste a little sweet or milky, you can add any milk, creamer, sugar or simple syrup of choice. An advantage of using instant coffee is that you can choose a decaf option of instant coffee if you do not want to have the effects of caffeine.

How to make Vietnamese iced coffee

Vietnamese iced coffee is made using a phin, which is also known as a coffee filter press. If you do not have a phin you can brew your coffee as you would normally do. Pour condensed milk to the bottom of a mug usually, about 2 tablespoons. Pour hot coffee over the condensed milk and mix to incorporate the ingredients. The sugar in the condensed milk is what will give this drink the key flavour. Add ice to a tall glass and pour the mixture of coffee and condensed milk on top in order to chill the coffee. Vietnamese iced coffee is usually served with a straw.

How to make iced coffee with ice cream

In order to make iced coffee with ice cream, you need to have some coffee ready first. In a glass, place a scoop of vanilla ice cream and pour the coffee on top. You can mix the ice cream with the coffee to create a creamy consistency or you can start drinking it like that. Another way to make this coffee is by mixing ice cream with milk before adding the coffee. If you are a fan of sweet flavours, try adding some chocolate syrup before pouring the iced coffee. The hot chocolate makes for a delicious combination.

How to make iced chai latte

The easiest way to make an iced chai latte is by first buying chai tea bags (unsweetened) at your local supermarket. Start by boiling two cups of water and adding three tea bags, letting them steep for 20 minutes. Let it cool down at room temperature and then transfer to the fridge. Place some ice cubes in a glass and add 2 teaspoons of simple syrup, pour your cold chai concentrate until the glass is 3/4 full before adding whole milk. You can adjust the amount of simple syrup and milk depending on your preferred taste, you can also substitute the syrup with cane sugar.

Iced Coffee FAQ

Who owns farmers union iced coffee?

Farmers Union is currently owned by Mengniu Dairy, China. It was previously owned by Lion Nathan, then Japan’s Kirin, before being bought by the Chinese company in late 2019.

How does Starbucks make iced coffee?

Starbucks’ ice coffee recipe is made with regular drip coffee machines where the traditional batch brew is made. They brew 1 litre of extra strong drip coffee before pouring it over ice and letting it melt to get the traditional iced coffee.