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How to Make Iced Coffee

The creation of a cup of iced coffee is almost an art. If made correctly, the coffee isn’t too watered down after it’s added to a full cup of ice and is still full of flavor. Starbucks does a great job at making their iced coffees, and they’ve successfully created a recipe that tastes great. It’s understandable that you want to be able to make this at home.

How to Make Iced Coffee from Starbucks

To make a great iced coffee, you will need what’s called a Pour-Over Coffeemaker. This kind of coffeemaker uses a cone-shaped filter, set over a glass or coffee container, uncovered, which allows you to pour hot water directly through the coffee grounds, rather than running it through an electric coffeemaker.

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The resulting coffee brew tastes better but doesn’t take as long as it would to make a cold brew. This is the only method that creates a cup of iced coffee that tastes just like Starbucks. Try using a Melitta Pour-Over Coffeemaker, it’s small in size and sits directly over your coffee cup, rather than having an attached container. There are other versions of pour-over coffeemakers that sit over a small pitcher as well.

breakfast blend

Breakfast Blend

house blend

House Blend

Once you’ve acquired your pour-over coffeemaker, choose coffee grounds that you know you’ll enjoy the taste of in iced coffee. Typically, coffee shops use medium or light coffee, but you can use anything you want, including bolder coffees. To truly make a Starbucks Iced Coffee, use Starbucks’ coffee grounds like their Breakfast Blend, House Blend, or one of the blonde roasts.

You will be placing the coffeemaker on top of a taller cup, or you can make a small cup and than add it to the ice after.

Step 1

Grind your coffee beans (if they aren’t already ground). Place the coffeemaker on top of your cup and then put the cone filter inside. The coffee grounds need to be as finely ground as possible.

Step 2

You will be adding the coffee grounds directly into the filter. Keep in mind that since you’re making the brew for iced coffee, you need to use 4tbsp of coffee grounds for every 6oz of water. This measurement is the basic rule of thumb, according to Starbucks’ baristas.

Step 3

Boil filtered water in a kettle or a pot on the stove beforehand. Not a second after the water comes to a boil, begin pouring it into the cone. Start by only filling the cone filter halfway, or to just above the coffee grounds, then stop and wait about 10 seconds for the coffee to settle. You can then add the rest of the water.

Step 4

Pour your freshly brewed coffee over a substantial amount of ice, or vice versa. You can enjoy your iced coffee right away or try adding simple syrup or flavored syrups like vanilla to make it into a flavored iced coffee.

Decaf Cold Brew

Make your cold brew with coffee grounds that are larger and coarser. Fine grounds are best for iced coffees. For a decaf cold brew, you can buy coffee beans that come decaf. Starbucks sells a house blend of decaf coffee beans, use these to make your coffee taste like a real Starbucks cold brew!


Decaf House Blend

More massive coffee grounds are what makes a cold brew last so long, and they keep it from getting bitter quickly like how a standard brew of coffee typically does. The reason why cold brews are becoming a common favorite is that they taste delicious, but they also take hours upon hours to make. It’s not a quick process. Places like Starbucks make their cold brew in a large batch, which you can do at home as well.

The only reason you can make a large amount at a time is because of the long life it has. Once you complete the cold brew, there’s no need to make a fresh pot every morning; you only have to pour yourself a mug. But remember: add half water and half cold brew, since it’s stronger. You’ll ultimately save money by making a tub of cold brew to keep in the fridge.

To make your cold brew, add an equal amount of ounces of coffee grounds to cups of water to a pitcher. Stir it until the grounds are soaked; they will settle at the top, which is what you want. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. If you can’t wait that long, 20 hours will be sufficient for a nice, moderately strong brew. Once done, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, which is essentially a filter cloth.

Now your decaf cold brew is finished! You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Don’t forget to mix it with water when you pour a glass and pour that over ice so that it’s extra cold and refreshing.

Cold Brew Coffee Grinds to Water Ratio

Feel free to be experimental with the grinds to water ratio when you make the cold brew. This ratio is the quantity of coffee grinds you add compared to the amount of water that it’s being added to for steeping. Some recipes call for 8oz of coffee grounds to 8 cups of water, which is a standard amount for medium strength cold brew.

Other methods say to use a ¾ cup of grounds to every 4 cups of water. The amount you use is up to you, but a cold brew already has a high level of caffeine, so be careful not to multiply your ingredient amounts too much otherwise you’ll have a robustly strong cup of coffee.

Try Out New Flavors

Whether you’re a person who enjoys a black cup of coffee with no added syrup or if you’re someone who prefers to have the majority creamer over coffee, it doesn’t hurt to try new things. All over the internet, there are recipes for refreshing tasting iced coffees and cold brews, as well as seasonal drinks. You don’t have to make it super sweet if you don’t want to. Try these cold brew Starbucks recipes.