Iced coffees are fantastic any time of the year. Making them is super simple and can save you money if you make it yourself. Today in this short guide I’m going to be going over a few things before you get started on making great tasting iced coffee from home.
How Long Do You Want To Wait?
Depending on how fast you need your ice coffee will affect how you’re going to brew your coffee.
If you’re a little more impatient and just need that iced coffee fix, you’re going to want to brew double strength coffee. Using your choice of coffee brewing process, just brew normally. The only small difference is that you’ll be adding twice as much grounds as you would.
After brewing this extra strong coffee, immediately pour it into a container with ice. Try to pick a container that’s about the same size as what you’re brewing your coffee into. The ice is going to melt and dilute your coffee back to normal tasting coffee. If you don’t brew double strength coffee, it’s going to taste watered down and kind of gross.
If you have a little more time on your hands and don’t need your coffee fix right away, just brew coffee normally. Put it into a container and store it in your fridge for about 30 minutes or until it’s decently cold. The colder the coffee, the longer it’ll last while you’re drinking it, since the ice won’t melt as fast.
Methods For Brewing Iced Coffee
There are several ways to brew iced coffee, but the easiest are using a french press, drip coffee maker, or iced coffee maker.
Whichever one of these devices you have will work perfectly for making iced coffee. There aren’t really any special instructions for brewing, other than using twice the amount of grounds if you need coffee fast. Besides that, just brew how you usually brew.
Here’s a quick little video showcasing the french press method for making iced coffee:
Picking A Bean
For the type of coffee bean, honestly just use whatever you like best. There’s no right bean to make coffee, the right coffee bean is what you think tastes the best.
If you need a little more guidance, I think a medium roast blend would be a good starting point if you’ve never made iced coffee. Blends have rounded out flavors of both bitter and acidity, while retaining a lot of the natural flavors that coffee beans already have.
After that it’ll be easier to adjust to what kind of flavor you want from your beans by picking a different type of roast. I have a roast guide explaining the flavor profiles of each roast here.
Assembling Your Iced Coffee
The ratio I like to use when assembling iced coffees is 2:1:1. It’s going to be 2 parts coffee, 1 part creamer (if use creamer), and 1 part ice. Just like picking a bean type, there is no perfect assembly ratio. This ratio to me, still makes the coffee flavor the most noticeable flavor, that’s only slightly cut with the creamer. If you like more coffee flavor, pour more coffee in. If you like it a little bit more mellow, add more cream. It’s all up to you. You’re your own barista today!
Now for actually putting it together, this is how I do it. If you’re going to be using a sweetener: sugar, syrup, or an alternative, add that to your glass first. Next, pour your iced coffee in.
After that you can either add your creamer or ice to your cup. If you want to take a nice Instagram coffee picture or you’re making this for someone else, I would put ice in first and then put the creamer on top. It’ll give you a cool cascading effect throughout the drink.
You’re ready to enjoy your iced coffee!
You’re All Set To Make Iced Coffee
Hopefully this little guide on how to make iced coffee will help you out. A quick little tip before I wrap up this article is, if you have a little extra coffee leftover freeze them in an ice cube container. Using these instead of regular ice cubes won’t dilute your flavor next time. Let me know how it goes for you!