There is nothing quite like the refreshing first sip of an iced coffee. Particularly on those warmer days, iced coffee is the perfect pick-me-up, featuring an ideal balance between caffeine richness and cool creaminess. If you love nothing more than swinging by your local cafe to grab an iced latte to fuel your busy day, then you will be pleased to know that the adored drink couldn’t be more straightforward to create from the comfort of your home.
As fellow lovers of all things caffeine-related, Craft Coffee Club is here to share our extensive knowledge on how to become a Starbucks-worthy barista. Here we guide you through how to make the perfect iced coffee using several different methods – it’s down to you to pick your favourite!
A Guide On How To Make The Perfect Iced Coffee
Whether you take an old-school approach to coffee brewing using traditional techniques or are enthusiastic about the latest tech, there are a plethora of different ways that you can perfect an iced coffee. Similarly to when brewing hot alternatives, iced coffee can be tailored to your desired strength with the ability to add a unique twist through flavours (don’t worry, we’ll touch on that later!). You are also free to create a batch of iced coffee to fuel you for the upcoming week, with the option to heat up coffee should you decide to do so – and even better, the rich flavour will always remain the same!
When experimenting with making your own iced coffee, there are a few expert tips that we thought we should let you in on. The first is the importance of getting the grind right. Unlike hot brews, cold coffee needs to have a particular type of grind to ensure that your drink does not become bitter when left to chill. Try to aim for a grind that is similar to the coarseness of sugar. You must also strain the coffee slowly, avoiding pressing or squeezing the coffee grounds. By doing this, again, you will eliminate any bitter flavours and lowering the acidity.
Iced Coffee vs Cold Brew Coffee
Before delving deeper into our favourite recipes, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the difference between iced coffee and cold brew coffee. Cold brew is simply a way to create iced coffee, and whether you opt for utilising it will depend on personal preferences. The only difference between the two is the way in which they are brewed. Iced coffee is brewed in hot water and then cooled over ice; whereas, cold brew is brewed in cold water – pretty self-explanatory when broken down!
Those who would prefer a smooth, mellow flavour to their coffee would be best suited to cold-brewed coffee as the oils and acids do not dissolve in cold water, meaning that the organic qualities remain. Iced coffee, on the other hand, is excellent for incorporating a more bitter taste as during the process, all oils and acids are released.
If you prefer a sweeter taste, then you must plan ahead. You will need to cold brew your coffee then allow it to settle for up to 24 hours before continuing to make your iced coffee. For those with a busier schedule, iced coffee will prove to be considerably quicker to make, but bear in mind that the taste will be more bitter.
Methods To Create Iced Coffee
Great news for all coffee enthusiasts, as iced coffee continues to rise in popularity, there are now more methods than ever to create the perfect refreshment. Depending on your preferred brewing method and the equipment you have at home, you can find the perfect recipe to fit your requirements. To give you some inspiration, we’ve put together an array of super easy techniques to create a delicious iced coffee!
French Press Method
For the French press method, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1/3 cup whole coffee beans
- 1 and a half cups of cold, filtered water
Once you’ve collected all of your ingredients are ready to begin, all you’ll need to do is:
- Grind your coffee beans until they are at the perfect coarseness. This will be a balance between coarse enough to filter through the French press, but fine enough to create a smooth iced coffee.
- Pour the ground coffee into your French press and add the cold, filtered water.
- Gently stir the coffee grounds and water, then pop on the lid of your French press. Make sure that you have placed the plunger in an upright position.
- Put your French press into the fridge to steep overnight; this will allow the freshly ground coffee to infuse the water.
- The next morning, take the French press out of the fridge and plunge until the coffee has separated from the grounds.
- Last, but not least, place some ice cubes into a glass and fill halfway with milk. Pour in your coffee, stir and enjoy!
Bean To Cup Machine Method
If you’re lucky enough to have a bean to cup machine at home, then making your own iced coffee has just been made considerably easier! For this method, you’ll need to have:
- Coffee glass
- Double shot of espresso
Creating the perfect iced coffee using your bean to cup machine takes a matter of minutes, simply follow these steps:
- Fill half to two-thirds of your coffee glass with ice, depending on the coffee to ice ratio you prefer.
- Next, pour milk into the glass. Aim to add enough milk just to cover the ice.
- In a separate glass or mug, make a full double shot of espresso using your coffee machine.
- Lastly, pour the double espresso over your milk and ice, then stir. If it is your first time making an iced coffee, you may want to add the espresso in smaller quantities, tasting along the way to find the perfect strength.
Paper Coffee Filter Method
If you love a good cup of coffee, but do not necessarily have brewing equipment, then the paper filter method would be ideal. You will need to allow the cold brew to steep overnight, but it will most definitely be worth it! All you’ll need is:
- 85g coarsely-ground coffee
- 1 cup of filtered water
- Thin paper coffee filter
- Mason jar (optional, but looks great!)
- Small fine mesh sieve
Once you’ve got all of your supplies together, its to begin experimenting. Follow our steps for a super straightforward recipe:
- In your mason jar (or coffee glass), add the ground coffee and water then thoroughly stir until combined.
- Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes and then stir again.
- Put the lid on your mason jar (or a cover over your coffee glass) and pop in the fridge. Leave overnight, preferably no less than 12 hours.
- The next morning, its time to strain your cold brew coffee. Grab a cup, place the paper coffee filter inside the fine-mesh sieve and pour over your cold brew.
- Leave to rest until all cold brew has filtered through.
- While the cold brew is resting, grab your mason jar and fill with ice. Add milk to your preferred taste (the more milk, the creamier the iced coffee) and pour over your cold brew.
- Stir until combined and enjoy!
Ways To Flavour Your Iced Coffee
For many coffee lovers, coffee with no flavourings can be a little bitter. Particularly if you are used to popping a few sugars in your hot brewed coffee, then you’ll be pleased to know that iced coffee flavours are incredibly versatile. Due to the nature of the chilled alternative, you are free to experiment with considerably more ingredients to add a tasty twist to your iced coffee. Here at Craft Coffee Club, when it comes to our coffee subscription, we are all about combining rich coffee with unique flavours – the more unconventional, the better! So, we have put together just some of the many possibilities when adding a delicious touch of character to your iced coffee. Additional ingredients include:
- Vanilla Syrup – Ideal for adding a subtle, yet delightful hint of sweetness.
- Ice Cream – If you love the old school ‘ice cream soda’, why not add a scoop of ice cream to your iced coffee?
- Fresh Mint – While mint may not be the most convenient addition to your iced coffee, it is excellent for adding a refreshing twist on a Summers day.
- Butterscotch Sauce – Do you have butterscotch ice cream sauce lying about in your cupboard? Squeeze a dash into your coffee; you won’t regret it!
- Coconut – Simply swap your milk for coconut milk for a unique twist on a conventional iced coffee.
- Cinnamon – For a festive-inspired addition to your iced coffee, sprinkle in a little cinnamon and stir.
Barista-Worthy Coffee, From The Comfort Of Your Home!
No longer do you have to venture out of the comfort of your home to enjoy your favourite drink. Instead, in just a couple of minutes, you can create your very own take on iced coffee, infused with delicious flavours. Who would have thought it would be as easy as combining speciality coffee with a little milk and ice?