Nothing quite beats an iced coffee from your favorite restaurant or coffee shop -- but, did you know that you can perfect your iced coffee recipe at home?
Too often, DIY at-home iced coffee gets a bad rap because people pour piping hot coffee over ice and dilute it to bean water (yuck). These tips and tricks will ensure that your iced coffee comes out perfectly, every single time.
How to Make Great Iced Coffee at Home
1. Start with Quality Coffee Beans
The better the beans, the better the coffee, right? We love using our H.C. Valentine Royal 150 Blend -- its apricot, chocolate, and caramel notes are perfect in an iced coffee!
2. Make Coffee Ice Cubes
Freeze leftover coffee into an ice cube tray, and pop 'em into your iced coffee the next morning. The best part? When they melt, they add flavor to your brew instead of diluting it. If you really want to get creative, you can drizzle some chocolate or sprinkle a little cinnamon into your ice cubes before freezing them.
3. Flavor Your Iced Coffee Like a Barista
No need to spend a ton of money -- here's how to make your own coffee creamers and flavored syrups.
4. Make a Big Batch
There are several ways to make iced coffee at home, but the most simple way is to brew a pot of coffee in your coffee maker, and stick it in a temperature-safe container in your refrigerator until it's cold.
If you're really short on time, you can "double brew", or add double the amount of coffee grounds you normally use (if your coffee maker has the room). It won't taste diluted when you pour it over ice because the coffee is super concentrated.
5. Experiment with Cold Brew
There are differences between iced coffee and cold brew (more on that here), but cold brew can still be poured over ice and mixed with milk. Here's how to make cold brew coffee at home in your French press.