How To Make Iced Coffee at Home

How To Make Iced Coffee at Home

Make the perfect iced coffee at home every time.
by Lauren Chamberlain | September 28, 2023

Simply put, iced coffee means any way to brew cold coffee that doesn’t involve espresso. Making cold brew coffee, therefore, is making iced coffee. Brewing hot coffee and letting it sit in the fridge is also iced coffee. But an iced latte would not be considered iced coffee as it contains espresso.

Our favorite method of making homemade iced coffee is flash brewing. Flash brewing (or flash-chilled coffee) is the process of brewing coffee directly onto ice. This simple brewing process cools the coffee, making it both convenient and makes the coffee taste less stale, which can happen while coffee cools to room temperature. Because ice dilutes coffee, our delicious iced coffee recipe uses less brewing water to maintain the coffee’s flavor, taste, and caffeine strength as the ice melts. And since you’re not using cold water (which has trouble breaking down some of the roast’s flavor compounds), flash brewing ends up tasting brighter than cold-brewed coffee. Whether you know how to make pour over coffee or prefer the convenience of a drip coffee maker, we have a recipe for how to make iced coffee that is both delicious and easy.

What You Need

  • A Chemex or coffee maker, any brand will do. 
  • A gooseneck kettle
  • A scale (optional)
  • 8 oz  / 300 ml of water 
  • 8 oz / 300 g ice 
  • 1.4 oz / 40 g of medium-fine ground coffee. Don't have a grinder? We can grind it for you!

Getting Started

1. Measure ice 

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