How to Make Iced Coffee?

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Just as a warm cup of coffee can brighten a dreary winter’s day, a cold cup of iced coffee can quench a scorching summer’s day.  So the first question to answer is how to make Iced Coffee? Several methods can be used; some are simple and cheap while others are more complex and expensive. The flavor of the Iced Coffee will be the biggest factor when deciding upon which method to use, however each method will have a similar end product. The Iced Coffee will be ice cold, sweet, and have a distinct coffee flavor compared to hot coffee.

The first method to make Iced Coffee is cold brewed coffee. This method uses a long brew time of a least 12 hours and needs a little more coffee grounds compared to hot coffee. The refrigerator is the preferred place to let the coffee brew since it will reduce any oxidation that leads to off flavors. Cold brewed coffee has less acid and bitter flavor but still a smooth and bold coffee taste. Once brewing is complete ice is added to cold brewed coffee, sweetened, and flavored as desired.

The next method to make Iced Coffee uses drip brewed coffee, depending on your preference extra coffee grounds should be added to make a strong brew. Once coffee is done dripping, ice is added to a cup and coffee is poured over the iced to chill it. Some people also prefer to let the drip brewed coffee to cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours before pouring it over ice. Iced drip coffee captures all the normal coffee flavor but is served cold.

Another method is to use instant coffee and ice. The amount of instant coffee diluted in water may need to be adjusted to meet your palate needs since the ice will dilute the coffee. Iced instant coffee is fast, simple, requires no brewing machine and is the best method for on the go.

Lastly Iced Coffee can be made from espresso coffee. There are many ways to make espresso that use devices like the French press, Aero press, Moka pot, and espresso machines. Espresso concentrate can also be purchased to save you the trouble of brewing it. Whichever way you choose ice is added to a cup, then cold or hot espresso is poured over the ice then sweetened and flavored. Iced espresso coffee has a bold and strong flavor with the soothing chill of ice.

Depending on the brewing method you will be able to save varying amounts of money compared to buying overpriced coffee shop Iced Coffee. These four methods are but a few ways to answer, how do you make Iced Coffee? Now the next time you’re going to meet your friends at a coffee shop on a hot day but don’t want to pay high prices for Iced Coffee, tell your friends you’ll show them how to make Iced Coffee at home.