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How to Make Iced Coffee

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 7 15

With the summer months upon us, it's no surprise that people are more inclined to choose cold beverages over their hot beverage counterparts. Whether you are outside mowing the grass or just returning from a long run or walk, you may find that iced coffee is a great way to provide you with a splash of coffee engulfed by a cool, refreshing, sensation that capitvates your taste buds entirely. Even though pure quality water may be the first choice of many, an occasional trip to Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, or Starbucks may be able to be offset, and some money saved, by simply making your iced coffee yourself.

Things You Will Need

  • Pitcher for Iced Coffee
  • Coffee Grounds (Dark Roasted)
  • Sweetener (Sugar/etc)
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iced (Crushed or Whole)
  • Glass (10-12 oz.)
  • Milk
  • Water

Step 1

Auto Drip Coffee Maker
From percolation to French press and Auto drip, it is true that there are many different methodologies available to you for brewing coffee. For this article, this won't really matter, so long as you receive a final product that can be placed on ice. Without going to in0depth, the French press method of brewing coffee is actually quite preferred to many other coffee brewing methods, however, you may find that, for your purposes, Auto drip would be the most convenient, timely, and recognizable method for producing a coffee product.

In this step, your ultimate goal is to produce a final product of coffee. The methodology you use will be dependent really on how much 'control' you would like to exert over the taste of that final product. For most, who are in need of quick caffeine fix and a delectable summer treat, you may find that Auto-drip is really quite convenient and what many actually prefer and have access to.

Step 2

When you are finished brewing your dark roasted coffee, you will now proceed to pour it directly into a pitcher. A chilled pitcher, similar to the way glasses are served for fine dining, may be preferred in order to immediately cool off the steaming hot coffee product. Although you can fill the pitcher up with ice, and pour your coffee directly in, doing so may be unappealling, to a degree, because the hot coffee would immediately cause the ice to melt. This would ultimately result in a more 'watered-down' iced coffee preparation.

In this picture, I have displayed a beer pitcher, however it doesn't necessarily matter what "kind" of pitcher you use.

Step 3

Crushed Ice
Allowing your coffee to sit, in order to cool down a bit before cooling, may be a desired action in order to control for the temperature of your coffee. If you would like to ensure that your ice cubes don't immediately melt upon contact with the poured coffee, you may want to allow for this time to cool. If you are in a rush, or would like to indulge in your iced coffee immediately, you can certainly proceed however you'd like. In order to cool your coffee, you can either let it stand, on your counter-top at room temperature for a few hours, or you may decide to be a bit more agressive and refrigerate it, until cold.

Step 4

Glass with Ice Cubes
Dependent on your preference, you may like crushed ice, or formed cube ice. Either one you choose doesn't really matter, however, it will have a different 'feel' on your pallet as you drink your coffee. In this step, you will proceed to fill your glass up with the consistency of ice that meets your preference and choosing.

Step 5

Once your coffee has become cooled or chilled, you can now proceed to pour your coffee into your glass.

Step 6

Just like your were preparing a hot cup of coffee, you can now proceed to add milk and/or sugar, stir, and taste to see if it is to your liking.

Step 7

Enjoy Your Iced Coffee!
Upon completion, you can replicate this process if you have more guests, friends, or family over. With the summer months upon us, you may find that making your own iced coffee can be a delectable treat and your taste buds will thank you.

Learning how to make your own iced coffee is really quite a simple process. If you have any better approaches, or ways that you prepare your own coffee, for maximum enjoyment, please feel free to share those ideas in my article's comment section below. Thank you! I really value your input.

Tips & Warnings

As mentioned in the steps above, it is important to allow your finished brewed coffee product the opportunity to chill or cool down. If you pour steaming hot coffee, directly into a glass filled with ice, the temperature would eventually equalize, however, not before melting your ice (and liquifying) your final product even more with water. This will directly relate to how strong or weak your coffee tastes. 
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Jul 9, 2010 10:51am
Fabulous recipe for easy to make iced coffee!
Jul 9, 2010 10:59am
Say there x3x, Makes me want a large glass of iced coffee right now. I like to make extra coffee in the morning and turn off the coffee pot after my first cup of the day. That way it doesn't get that burned taste. Later in the day I pour the remaining cooled coffee into an iced glass with half and half and voila! Yummy.
Jul 9, 2010 11:14am
Did those pictures make you salivate, at all, thinkwrite? :) Now that I wrote this article, my wife now expects me to make it for her all the time....lol
Jul 9, 2010 12:51pm
Didn't realize there were so many options to making iced coffee! Amazed and thirsty!
Jul 9, 2010 5:40pm
Instead of sugar, I like to use sweetened condensed milk. The iced coffee ends up tasting creamier. When you go to Vietnamese restaurants, that is how they serve their iced coffees. This mention works well for Thai iced tea as well.
Jul 10, 2010 4:15pm
Great idea, asithi! :) Thanks!
Jul 10, 2010 8:49am
Good article on methods for iced coffee. Just had my espresso on ice this morning with cream and cinnamon. Next time I'll follow your-let it cool- advice, the cubes melted way too fast.
Jul 10, 2010 4:16pm
That sounds delicious, Sully! :)
Jul 10, 2010 10:39am
Yum! A friend bought a machine from WalMart that makes it a breeze. It came with some cool recipes, too.

Great article, Howie!
Jul 10, 2010 4:16pm
Awesome, Jason!...thanks for the comment! :)
Jul 12, 2010 2:32am
Great article. well written. Nice writing style. Please rate and comment on one of my articles. I will also check back and comment on your future writings. It is so hard to get other writers to return the favor here. Not sure what is up. Thanks so much and very nice job - I can tell you are onr of the masters!
Jul 12, 2010 9:57am
Iced coffee is a wonderful summertime treat.I usually don't like to wait for my coffee to cool, so I just make it double strength to offset the ice melting.
Jul 14, 2010 12:36am
This is just what I need to keep me cool on a hot day. As a bonus, a little extra zing to the brain doesn't hurt when writing IBs either :-)
Jul 14, 2010 10:53pm
Iced coffee has the be the greatest thing on a hot summer day. Awesome article Howie!
Jul 17, 2010 1:49pm
Ice coffee... Good stuff right there. Great article.
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