How to Make Iced Coffee: Ultimate Guide for Iced Coffee

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    Iced-coffee is among many people’s favorite especially in a scorching summer. It is much cheaper to make iced coffee at home than buying one from coffee shop. Besides, you get the freedom to make a cup of coffee of your own flavor and strength. Few coffee shops offer customized coffee, but you can make this dream come true by doing it yourself.  The most important thing of making your own coffee is to enjoy the process. Then, one question comes, How to Make Iced Coffee? Here today I list some ways of making iced coffee to help you. The most popular ways are cold-brewed iced coffee and hot-brewed iced coffee, and at the last part I will introduce ways to make Caramel Macchiato Frappe and Instant Iced Coffee.

    How to Make Iced Coffee

    1. How to make cold-brewed iced coffee

    Step 1: Pick high-quality beans

    To brew a rich, creamy and chocolaty iced coffee, the first thing you have to do is pick out good coffee beans. You can tell the quality form their color and size. Generally speaking, small, weak and blondes roast is of lower quality, while big, robust and dark roast is usually better. My recommendation is Ladro Blend. It’s big size and bold shape makes it a great choice for making iced coffee.

    Step 2: Grind your coffee beans

    Burr-Coffee-GrinderTake out a cup of coffee beans and start grinding. The amount of coffee beans varies according to individual favor. The flavor of coffee can be maximized through grinding. Usually, the finer the grind the more quickly the coffee can be brewed. To make cold-brewed iced coffee, we need medium ground coffee. To save time, you can grind the coffee beans at a coffee shop, but I usually prefer to grind beans at home to get the most freshness.

    Step 3: Now add water and stir

    Put the ground coffee into a 200ml jar, add enough water and then stir. Blend the grounds and water thoroughly. During the stir process, magic happens. The magic smell created by billions of coffee molecules and water molecules colliding with each other gives your nose a pleasant and exciting experience.

    Step 4: Wait patiently

    Cover the jar with the lid and place it somewhere that is no direct sunlight. And now all you have to do is to wait between 6 to 12 hours. The rest happens naturally.

    Step 5: Strain

    There are hundreds of ways to strain coffee. Use your imagination and find some material and objects that you think might work.

    Use a press to filter the coffee concentrate

    Use a coffee filter and funnel. Put the filter in the funnel and then pour the coffee concentrate into the filter.

    Papertowel might be the cheapest and common thing you can find at home. You can also use them to strain coffee with a bowl and sieve.

    Use a nut milk bag. You can buy one online or in a store nearby. It is my favorite choice to filter coffee concentrate.

    Step 6: Enjoy your iced coffee

    Here comes your dear diary moment! Add some ice cubes in a glass and then pour 1/2 cup of water and the same amount of coffee concentrate into the glass. If you like, you can also add some sweetener or cream. Now with a straw, you can start enjoying the intense flavor of this cold brewed coffee. The pleasure of drinking coffee is with you the whole day.

    2. How to make hot-brewed iced coffee

    coldbrew0Step 1: Select coffee beans and grind

    The two processes are almost the same with those of cold brewed iced coffee. You can follow the first two steps in the article How to make a cold brewed iced coffee.

    Step 2: Brew hot and fresh coffee

    Because the coffee will be diluted with ice, make the coffee stronger than usual. The more ice cubes you want to add, the stronger your coffee should be brewed. If you want to add some sugar, add it now because it dissolves more quickly in hot liquid.

    Step 3: Transfer your coffee into a jar

    Place the coffee in your kitchen and let it cool. Don’t wait too long if you want to drink the freshest coffee. When the coffee gets to room temperature, you can move the jar to your freezer to make it chill. The whole process takes about 3 hours.

    Step 4: Drink it now

    Take out a cup and fill it with the chilled coffee. Add anything you like, such as cream, milk or more sugar. Stir thoroughly and drink! Once sip of the iced coffee not only gives your taste bud a treat but also give you a total refresh.

    3. Other ways to make iced coffee

    Cold-Brewed-Iced-Coffee-ConcentrateOther nice iced coffee includes Caramel Macchiato Frappe and Instant Iced Coffee. To make Caramel Macchiato Frappe, you need coffee concentrate, hot water, chocolate milk, caramel flavored topping, sugar, vanilla extract, ice cubes and whipped cream. First, make 100ml chilled water. Then dissolve coffee in hot water. Blend chocolate milk and coffee and stir until coffee is completely dissolved. Then add ice cubes, sugar, vanilla and caramel syrup. Pour it into chilled water in a glass. Finally add some whipped cream as topping. A glass of nice Caramel Macchiato Frappe is ready to serve.

    However, Instant Iced Coffee is much easier to make. You need boiling water, cold water, milk, coffee creamer, whipped cream and of course, ice cubes. First blend boiling water, coffee crystals and sugar in a glass and stir until the coffee crystals are completely dissolved. Then wait until it is chilled. Then pour it over ice cubes in a tall glass. If you like, you can add some whipped cream as well. Now a glass of Instant Iced Coffee is ready to serve. Just like the name instant shows, it is easy and quick to make.


    Which one do you like most? The way of hot-brewed iced coffee ? Or cold-brewed iced coffee ? Hope you will find these tips for How to Make Iced Coffee is easy to follow. Now you can start buying the necessary devices and coffee beans. You may find that your first self-made coffee is not so nice, but with several trials, you will be so delighted that you can make a decent cup of iced coffee. The more exciting thing is that whenever you want to drink coffee, you don’t have to travel a long way to find a shop and wait. Just let your DIY spirit serve you most in daily life.


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