Japanese Ice Coffee, Easy To Make Cold Brew-Like Coffee

Recently I’ve been brewing all different kinds of iced coffees at home and one of my new favorites is Japanese ice coffee!

If you don’t know exactly what Japanese iced coffee is, in terms of taste, it’s very similar to cold brew coffee! But, you can make it in a fraction of the time it takes to make cold brew. 

Today I’ve got a quick little recipe that you can follow along at home, but before we get started there’s a few things I think you should know about Japanese iced coffee. 

How Japanese Iced Coffee Is Brewed

Here are a few ways that you can brew Japanese iced coffee at home: pour over, chemex, or even a drip coffee maker

During the brewing process you’re going to be brewing hot coffee directly over ice. By brewing right over the ice, it gives the coffee a bright and clean tasting flavor. 

Weighing Ingredients

The key to great Japanese iced coffee is how well you measure out your ingredients, since we’re going to be brewing over ice. 

When the hot coffee hits the ice, it’s going to dilute it when it starts to melt. If you measure things out perfectly, you’ll end up with delicious Japanese style iced coffee! 

You’re definitely going to need a kitchen scale or coffee scale for brewing this coffee. If you happen to not have one, I have a few recommendations for scales

What Kind Of Coffee Beans To Use 

You can basically use any kind of coffee beans you have on hand, but others have noted that African coffee beans are really highlighted with this style of brewing. 

African coffee beans, such as Ethiopian or Kenyan beans are usually lightly roasted. Light roasted coffee preserves their natural citrusy, floral, and fruity flavors unlike longer roasted beans. 

But this method can be used with just about any bean and you’ll end up with great tasting coffee. 

Ingredients You’ll Need 

  • 8 ounces of ice 
  • 1 ounce of medium-coarse ground coffee
  • 8 ounces of near boiling water (around 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 93 degrees Celsius) 

Brewing Process

There’s not too much to the brewing process, other than what you’d do normally with whatever device you decide to use. 

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The only thing you’re going to do is add the ice to your carafe before you start brewing. Just give it a good stir when you’re all done brewing. Serve over a cup full of ice and it’s ready!

Of course you can always add in sugar or milk if you want, it’ll be delicious anyway you make it!

Commonly Asked Questions About Japanese Ice Coffee

These are just some questions that others have had about the coffee! Feel free to check them out.

How Long Does Japanese Ice Coffee Last?

Just like all coffee, it does go bad. I would recommend keeping it only for about a week, the longest you should store it in the fridge is for 2 weeks.

What Is Japanese Iced Coffee Called?

The way iced coffee is spelled is aisu kōhī (kind of like ice-ou, co-hee) , there isn’t much of a difference in pronunciation! Google translate does a decent job at sounding it out!

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