How to make the best iced coffee

By the Lavazza Team 2–3 minutes

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. It can be drunk in all seasons, but during the summer the iced coffee is fantastic. Let’s find out more details together.


Iced coffee is undoubtedly one of the most appreciated beverages in the world, as it combines the aroma and taste of coffee with a note of refreshing pleasure. For many people there is no better way to start the day than by waking up and preparing a cup of delicious and flavor-packed personalized iced coffee, which can vigorously and fairly compete with the standards of quality from a coffee shop. Sure enough, few things can be as cooling and revitalizing as a big, tall glass full of slightly sweet, iced coffee!


Let’s see what it takes to prepare the best iced coffee! First, you will need high-quality coffee. The choice of the blend to use is important and responds to the personal tastes of each of us. Some prefer a more enveloping and full-bodied taste, while others like to wake up with a touch of aromaticity. Some say dark roast coffee is just perfect for this recipe. Therefore, feel free to use your favorite coffee, since almost all qualities work just fine! You can also use decaffeinated coffee, which allows you to prepare a decaf iced coffee.

It is better to prepare your coffee the night before, making use of high-quality coffee beans. The best method to prepare a delicious cold brew consists in leaving your coffee grounds steeping overnight in room temperature water. Cold water will slowly extract only the most premium peculiarities of your coffee, delivering a rich and smooth drink without bitterness and astringent notes. Tips for a hassle-free home preparation? Add 3.5 oz of ground coffee and 20 oz of cold water to a large French Press cafetiere. Cover and leave steeping for about 10-12 hrs. When ready, set the plunger on the cafetiere and gently plunge to separate the grounds from the drink. Pour the drink in a bottle and store it in the fridge for maximum, one week. The cold brew obtained is a concentrate that must be diluted, according to your taste, with 1 or 2 parts water.

Otherwise, if you are looking for fancy coffee tools, you can also use the water drip system to prepare a ready to drink cold brew. After about 3 hours of cold percolation, you will enjoy a delicate tumbler of a thirst-quenching iced coffee! See the video in the link to discover how it works. 

In case you have your own coffee grinders and feel particularly daring and really want to make your cup as tasty as possible, you can make use of whole beans and grind them yourself. You might wonder if freshly ground coffee beans are to be considered the best choice. Well, they taste better, though there is nothing wrong with using filter ground coffee.

Sugar and milk are optional. You can use regular granulated sugar as well as brown sugar, though plain or flavored sugar syrup is another option. The syrup form, including suitable flavors, such as vanilla, cinnamon or hazelnut, is suggested, since granulated sugar wouldn’t dissolve when putting it directly into your iced coffee. According to your preference, taste and needs, any kind of milk works well! You can add regular, whole milk preferably, but also almond or coconut milk, which can make your iced coffee delicious. You can consider a few add-ins, and eventually include a couple teaspoons of cream or a lustful spoonful of ice cream.

What type of ice should you use for your iced coffee? Choosing the most suitable one is essential! It is possible to pick among a few options, namely crushed ice and medium-sized ice cubes– this is what people usually have on hand in their freezer – or blocks of large ice, suitable when you’re about to enjoy your iced coffee outside after preparing it, since they are slower to melt. Another thing you can do is make your own coffee ice cubes, by simply cooling some coffee after pouring it in an ice tray and then freezing it. They will prevent you from getting a watered-down effect.

At this point, all you have to do is fill a tall glass – definitely the most appropriate one – with ice to the rim and pour your coffee into the glass almost to the top. Now, pour in the milk and sugar if you feel like adding them.

The moment when the swirls of liquids melt together and sink to the bottom is all yours. Mix in and enjoy.


As you can see, you can smoothly go for a homemade iced coffee, since its recipe is simple and rather quick to get. After practicing for a while, you will skip the coffee shops line while enjoying a tasty iced coffee at home for a quarter of the price!


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