I love coffee, coffee equipment, and the caffeine buzz that gets me through the afternoon. Once the outside temperature goes above 50ºF I sometimes like to change things up and enjoy an iced coffee. However, I live in a place where the closest coffee shop is 15 miles away so I can’t run out at 2pm to pick up my favorite beverage-also from experience, that gets expensive. In this post I am going to show you how to make your own iced coffee at home!
Making cold brew coffee does not take expensive equipment to make. If you have it, you can use it, but it isn’t at all necessary. I use a 4:1 ratio when I make cold brewed coffee. 4 parts water to 1 part coffee. In this example I used 2 cups of water to 1/2 a cup of ground coffee. A note on the coffee-you do not need a high quality coffee to make cold brew. You can, but honestly, I prefer to buy bagged pre-ground coffee. I normally go with whatever is on sale.
Once you measure your coffee pour it into a pitcher or jar (old pickle jars work great!) and stir to mix. If your 4:1 ratio doesn’t fill your pitcher, just add more in the same ratio. I added another cup of water and 1/4 cup of coffee to this batch.
At this point stick it in the refrigerator and forget about it for 12-24 hours. Any longer than 24 hours I find you get a bitter tasting coffee and any less than 12 is weak. Everyone likes their coffee different though, so experiment to see what works for you.
There are multiple ways to strain the coffee. I use one of three ways:
- Using a ceramic/plastic pourover dripper with a cone paper filter.
- Using a kitchen sieve with a round paper filter.
- Using a Chemex with a Chemex paper filter.
I almost always use the second option. My kitchen sieve can go in the dishwasher and round paper filters are cheap. Plus I normally make my iced coffee in a pickle jar, so the large size makes it go faster.
Once your coffee has sat you’ll find that a lot of the coffee grounds are caked at the top. You’ll want to remove as much of this as you can or you’ll spend a lot more time straining the coffee and probably have to use more than one paper filter.
Once you’ve done that wet your paper filter and pour out the extra water. Place your sieve or pourover dripper over a clean container (a large measuring cup or your final pitcher work well) and slowly pour your coffee into it.
This process will take a little time so be patient while it strains. If you lose your patience taking a rubber spatula and moving the coffee around in the bottom of the filter will make you feel better, but I don’t really think it speeds up the process.
Once the liquid has completely drained from the filter, it is now ready to drink! I prefer mine with a dash of half and half over ice with a fun straw-and now you know how to make your own iced coffee.