How to Make Iced Coffee

How to Make Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is a popular cold beverage, made from freshly brewed coffee. It’s a refreshing option, especially in the hot summer months when we still need that kick of caffeine. Iced coffee roots back to the Middle East and North Africa, where people were mixing coffee with ice since the 17th century.

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Increased Demand

Firstly, home brewing and cold brew coffee grew popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was due to the impact on daily routines and the closing of many coffee shops. More people turned to home brewing methods and shared tips and tricks for the perfect, coffee shop standard recipes. The customisation of iced coffee played a huge role in its popularity. The ability to add ingredients and experiment with flavour made iced coffee so popular. Post Pandemic, coffee shops and baristas continued to experiment with new variations, creative flavours, and presentations. This attracted coffee enthusiasts looking for novel experiences or introduced non-coffee lovers to try a new alternative brew.


Customize your coffee with a variety of ingredients. Of course, the primary ingredient is coffee, but you can use espresso, regular coffee, or pre-flavoured coffee. You can add milk or cream to make it slightly creamier to balance the flavour with regular milk. If you prefer a little sweet kick, add flavours such as sugar, honey, or flavoured syrup like vanilla or caramel. Adding a dollop of whipped cream to the top of your iced coffee creates a luxurious and indulgent treat. Experiment with cocoa powder, chocolate shavings or spices like nutmeg or cinnamon. Mix and match different flavours and combinations to find your perfect combination for iced coffee, the possibilities are endless!


Making iced coffee is not considered difficult to achieve. Having access to brewed coffee or an espresso machine will make this process easier for you. Using an espresso machine is the best way to enjoy rich and flavourful iced coffee plus all while being straightforward. Here is a step-by-step guide to making your iced coffee with an espresso machine:

1 - Grind the coffee beans to a fine consistency, for a standard double shot of espresso, you’ll need 18-20 grams of coffee grounds.

2 - Preheat your espresso machine and portafilter. Once heated, dose the coffee grounds into the portafilter and distribute them evenly. Tamp the coffee firmly and lock your portafilter into the espresso machine. Place your cup or glass underneath the spout.

3 - Start the espresso extraction by pressing the button or activating the level. The espresso should pour as a thick, rich shot with crema on top.

4 - To prevent the espresso from melting the ice and diluting the rich flavours of the coffee, cool the espresso down. (You can do this by pouring the freshly brewed espresso into a different container or swirl and gently stir until it cools down)

5 - Prepare your glass with ice cubes, you can use a classic glass or tumbler.

6 - You can now add your sweetener of choice such as caramel drizzle around the inside of the glass or 2 shots of caramel syrup.

7 - Add your milk or alternative and pour this over the ice.

8 - Pour the espresso into the glass. The cold espresso will now blend with the ice and milk, creating a refreshing iced coffee.

9 - Stir and enjoy! Use a long spoon to stir the iced coffee, ensuring the flavours are well combined. If you want to use a finishing touch, you can garnish your iced coffee with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or even whipped cream.

This method allows you to enjoy the bold flavours of espresso with the refreshment of a chilled beverage, feel free to customize and experiment with flavours and techniques according to your taste preferences!

Final Tips

Making iced coffee at home allows you to control the customization of your coffee. You can control the strength and sweetness of the coffee, plus experiment with new recipes and flavours. Having an espresso machine can be beneficial when making your iced coffee as it allows you to make a concentrated and flavourful coffee base. While you can make your iced coffee with any type of brewed coffee, using espresso as the base provides a robust and intense flavour that many coffee enthusiasts enjoy.

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