10 Tips for Making Better Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is a close second to drinking coffee straight from the pot. It’s just as strong and easy to make-just simply place ice cubes in a cup and pour hot coffee over them. But there are some things you can do to take your iced coffee game up a notch and simplify your morning routine. Here are 10 tips for making better iced coffee!

1. Start with good beans (preferably freshly roasted)

Start with quality beans when making iced coffee. The iced coffee won’t mask any flaws in the beans, so start with beans you’d be happy to drink straight from the pot!

2. Use coarse ground coffee

For the best iced coffee, use coarse ground beans. Coarse grinds will cool more quickly and prevent over-extraction.

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3. Brew your coffee strong and use an over-sized cup for ice cubes

Brew your coffee strong and pour it over ice cubes in an oversized cup. The large capacity of the cup will ensure that the hot coffee cools down quickly, while melting ice ensures a constant supply of cold water for extraction.

  • 4 3/4 cups (1125 ml) very hot water
  • 3 1/2 cups (875 ml) ice cubes

Place the ground coffee in a large liquid measuring cup and pour over enough water to make 3 1/4 cups liquid. Stir until all of the grounds are wet, then let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a 16 oz cup with ice cubes. Pour the steeped liquid through a strainer or a coffee filter and directly on top of the ice cubes. Serve immediately.

4. Add milk or cream to your taste preference, but make sure it’s cold before adding it to the hot brew

Add cold milk or cream to your iced coffee right before serving. Adding the milk while the coffee is hot will cause it to lose its effervescence and affect the taste.

5. Make sure you’re using a quality blender that can crush ice properly – this will create less diluted drinks

A blender that can crush ice properly will help to ensure the iced coffee is less diluted. This, in turn, will keep your drink strong and flavorful. 

6. Put the blender blade in first then add other ingredients on top of it so they don’t get stuck in the blades when blending

Do this to prevent other ingredients from getting stuck in the blades and give a smooth blend.

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7. Pour into glasses immediately after blending to prevent dilution by melting ice cubes

8. Chill drinkware before serving so it doesn’t sweat all over the table

Chilling your glass before serving can help it from sweating all over the table. Just fill with ice cubes and water, leave for a few minutes, then dump out the water just before adding coffee.

9. Add a little salt to your ice for an added flavor boost

Adding a pinch of salt to your ice can give you an added flavor boost without changing the taste of the coffee!

10. Experiment with garnishes like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder for a little kick in taste

For an added kick, try experimenting with garnishes like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa powder. People have been adding ingredients to coffee since the beginning of time-so why not add some extra flavor? Just be careful when using dairy! Milk and cream will curdle in the presence of acid-like citrus, coffee, or chocolate.


– What is the best way to prepare iced coffee when camping/outdoors?

A French press is the best way to prepare iced coffee when camping or outdoors. This makes it because you can use hot water to brew, rather than needing cold water like for a pour over.

It takes the same amount of time as manual drip – but much less room on your stovetop. Plus, it’s much easier to clean up!

– How can I make iced coffee with a French press?

To make a French press iced coffee using a 2qt French press:

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1. Place this grounds in the bottom of the French press and add 4 1/2 cups (2 L) very hot water. Stir ten to fifteen times with a wooden or plastic spoon until all of the grounds are wet. Let stand for 3-4 minutes, then add another 5 tbsp (75 ml) water. Do not stir again! Cover and let stand for 3-5 minutes.

2. Unlock the plunger handle, slowly pushing it down into your cup while twisting it counterclockwise to break up any grinds that remain at the top of your coffee cup before plunging completely down – do not push on top of any grinds at this time.

3. Carefully pour the coffee into a container with ice before serving, stirring as you go. The extra water from brewing will cool your drink and give it a smoother taste compared to starting with room temperature coffee.

4. Serve immediately for best results!

Try these tricks for creating your own bespoke iced coffee experience! Keep it simple, keep it fresh, and always remember to enjoy every sip like it’s your last. Cheers!

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