Iced coffee: Easy, refreshing and delicious
Not much is better on a hot summer day than a cold, refreshing iced coffee. This caffeinated beverage seems to be getting more and more popular each year, and we understand why.
All coffee lovers will understand the dilemma of craving the kick of caffeine when the hot summer sun is beaming down on you. It’s not exactly an inviting moment to order a hot coffee…and that’s when iced coffee comes to the rescue. Iced coffee makes it possible to enjoy a cold and refreshing drink without compromising on your coffee intake. Win-win!
Here’s the better news: it’s super easy to make your very own iced coffee at home, no matter how you brew your coffee. Just make sure you have plenty of ice cubes at hand 🧊🧊🧊
Which coffee should I use for my iced coffee?
Many people find that their iced coffee gets watery as the ice in their drink melts. To avoid this, it is important to have a coffee that is strong enough in flavor to shine through the water from melted ice cubes (and any milk you might add). That’s why we recommend using a dark roast coffee- and plenty of it.
As a rule of thumb, you need about 7 grams of coffee for a 125 ml cup. For iced coffee, we recommend using at least double this amount. For example, if you’re brewing espresso, an appropriate amount would be 15 grams of coffee. When you use espresso for iced coffee it’s also important to keep in mind the extraction time: don’t let your coffee run for too long or else it will get watery.
If you’re making iced coffee with coffee capsules instead, you’ll need two espresso coffee capsules. Here we recommend our Corcasan espresso capsules, which contain plenty of flavour and a pleasant chocolate sweetness.
Even though the coffee should be dark, be careful not to choose one that is too dark and tastes bitter. The bitterness will be enhanced by the rapid cooling that occurs when pouring freshly brewed coffee over ice. Instead, choose a coffee that also contains a natural sweetness and preferably some acidity to counter the bitterness. We’ve experienced great results with our El Palto dark roast coffee.
- Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour in the milk.
- Make sure there is enough room left for a double espresso (about 60 ml.). You can adjust the amount of milk depending on how strong you want your iced coffee to taste.
- Brew your double espresso shot on your espresso or capsule machine. If you want a little extra sweetness, add sugar or syrup to the espresso coffee. Cold coffee can have a slight bitterness and sugar can help to balance out the flavors.
- Pour your coffee into the milk, as shown in the photo and video above. Stick in a straw and garnish with a little milk froth or a sprinkle of cocoa if you like.
Homemade iced coffee without an espresso machine
Not everyone has an espresso or capsule machine at home, but luckily there are many other ways that you can brew great iced coffee. If you’re brewing coffee in a coffee pot or filter, just brew it twice as strong as you normally would. Pour the coffee into a glass filled with ice cubes, and make sure there’s enough ice to cool the coffee down completely. Then pour in some milk, or just drink the coffee black (that’s how we prefer it!).
With a coffee pot or filter coffee, you may not yield the same results as you would when you visit your favorite coffee shop. That being said, if you’re a big fan of cold coffee drinks and plan to drink homemade iced coffee all summer long, but don’t want to spend a big budget on an espresso or capsule coffee machine, we highly recommend investing in an AeroPress coffee brewer.
With our dark roast Café de Alturas and an AeroPress in hand, you can make a fantastic iced coffee that tastes just as good as the ones you buy down the café. You can also try your hand at brewing another café favourite: cold brew coffee.
If you want to read up on how to brew espresso on an AeroPress, there are lots of different brewing guides online that you can check out.
Iced coffee that doesn’t taste watery
We are often asked how to prevent iced coffee from tasting watery. Many iced coffee lovers have experienced iced coffees that taste perfect for the first couple of sips, but get more and more watery as the ice melts.
A great hack for avoiding watery iced coffee is to make a batch of iced coffee and to freeze it in the form of ice cubes. When you use frozen coffee instead of frozen water for ice cubes, your iced coffee won’t get watery as it starts to melt.
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