If you’re a coffee-lover, here’s a tip for making iced coffee at home that’ll save you time and money. Make your own coffee ice cubes, and use them like regular ice cubes in your cold brew or pour over.
In this article, I’ll share the recipe for making coffee ice cubes at home, tell you how to use them, and talk about why they’re a better way to make iced coffee at home.
What are coffee ice cubes?
Coffee ice cubes are ice cubes made with a brewed coffee of choice. They are frozen in an ice cube tray, just like regular ice cubes, to make strong coffee-flavored ice cubes you can use in any iced drink.
You can choose to use these ice cubes in any coffee drink you like. These drinks are best served very cold, and that requires a lot of ice cubes.
But when you leave your cold coffee in the summer heat for a bit too long, some of these cubes will start to melt.
When using coffee ice cubes instead, your coffee will still get diluted the same way as regular ice cubes would, but you will add more flavor to your iced drink.
Do coffee ice cubes work?
Coffee ice cubes work great if you want to avoid diluting your iced coffee with water. When using coffee ice cubes — instead of regular ice cubes, you keep your drink chilled without losing any flavor.
Best of all, you can make this with your leftover coffee from the morning. It’s a great way to have a cold drink without watering it down.
I’ve tested many iced coffees with coffee ice cubes, and I’m so pleased with the flavor it leaves me with.
Iced coffee or strong cold brew tastes much better when it’s not watered down. These coffee ice cubes work so well that I’ve already made a few trays of them, and they’re ready to be used at any minute of the day.
How do you use coffee ice cubes?
Making coffee ice cubes is a great way to add caffeine to your morning drink without diluting your coffee! You can use any brew you want — regular or decaf — and adjust the amount of coffee used according to your personal taste.
You can use coffee ice cubes in any iced coffee you like. Most of the time, I like to add these ice cubes to my cold brew coffee or iced coffee.
If you’re interested in trying out a few of my favorite drinks I like to add these cubes to, you can check them out below:
What coffee is best used to make coffee ice cubes?
These brewing techniques make a big amount of coffee in just a few minutes, which is perfect for making a ton of coffee ice cubes.
I’ve also tried making coffee ice cubes with espresso coffee, but I feel like you have to use too many coffee beans and are left with just two ice cubes in the end.
Making a bigger batch of coffee — using different techniques is the way to go.
I suggest making a big batch if you’re planning on drinking a few iced coffees a day. Because the coffee cubes will need some time to chill in the freezer, you don’t want to run into the trouble of not having made enough.
What coffee beans work best for coffee ice cubes?
If you’re making a good amount of coffee ice cubes at home, it’s best to use a medium or dark roasted coffee bean.
These coffee beans make coffee that is strong in flavor, which is perfect for this recipe. When you’re sipping on your iced coffee in the sun, you want strong coffee ice cubes to accompany you.
Because your iced coffee or cold brew is already made with a darker roasted coffee bean, making these coffee ice cubes with light roasted coffee beans will make for an underwhelming cooling effect.
So I suggest sticking with a darker roast of choice for the best drinking experience.
- Strong cooled-down coffee
- Ice cube tray or ice cube bags
- When you've made a nice batch of coffee, make sure to cool it down all the way.
- Once your coffee has cooled completely, pour the coffee into your ice cube tray. I like to use ice cube bags instead.
- Now, freeze your coffee ice cubes. Usually, this takes about 10-12 hours, depending on your freezer settings.
- After your coffee ice cubes are fully frozen, you can use them in any iced coffee or cold brew you like to make!
Depending on the amount of coffee you like to freeze, a full ice cube tray will be enough for six servings of iced coffee.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1
Can you make coffee ice cubes with instant coffee?
You can easily make coffee ice cubes using instant coffee. Add water to the instant coffee, let it cool down and freeze it in ice cube trays, just like using brewed coffee. It’s super easy and will taste amazing as well.
I like to use brewed coffee most of the time because the same coffee is used to make my iced coffee or cold brew. This way, I have the same flavor in my coffee.
But, if you’re going to make iced coffee with instant coffee, it will taste amazing if you make some of these coffee ice cubes in advance and add them to your iced coffee!
Tip: Did you know you can make dalgona coffee using instant coffee? Dalgona coffee tastes amazing, and you can use your instant coffee ice cubes to cool it down. You can check out the recipe here.
Plus, check out the chocolate dalgona version here!
Coffee ice cubes are one of the easiest things to make in the coffee world but make for such a great addition to your favorite iced drink.
These ice cubes will keep your drink cool while slowly adding more coffee flavor to your iced coffee; it’s a win-win, right?
If you’ve just made a few of these ice cubes and you feel like trying some iced coffee recipes, I suggest you check them out below. I’ve listed a few easy recipes you should try this summer.
Do you love making coffee ice cubes as much as I? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!