The weather is warming up, so it’s time for icy cold drinks! If you’re looking for an iced coffee alternative that doesn’t have any of the caffeine, then decaf iced coffee is perfect for you.
In this article, I’ll show you what decaf iced coffee is, how to make it at home using a few simple ingredients, and how you can customize it to your taste.
Grab a cup of coffee, and let’s get started!
What is decaf iced coffee?
Decaf iced coffee is coffee that has been brewed with decaffeinated coffee beans. It typically contains less caffeine than regular iced coffee, making it a good choice for those who are sensitive to caffeine or who want to avoid its effects.
Decaf iced coffee can be just as delicious as its caffeinated counterpart, as it doesn’t taste very different from regular coffee beans, but more on this later.
You can make decaf iced coffee the same way you’d with regular coffee beans. If you haven’t made iced coffee before, I suggest reading this article first.
Over there, I’ll show you all the ways you can make iced coffee at home using different techniques.
What does decaf iced coffee taste like?
Decaf iced coffee tastes like regular iced coffee but without the caffeine kick. Many people enjoy decaf iced coffee because it still has the rich flavor of coffee but without the side effects of caffeine.
Some say that decaf iced coffee tastes a bit sweeter and more acidic than regular iced coffee, but this is generally due to the way the coffee beans are processed.
Overall, decaf iced coffee is a great alternative for those who want to enjoy the taste of iced coffee without the jitters.
Plus, if you do not like the taste of your decaf iced coffee, you can add some delicious add-ins to cover up the taste, but more on this later on in the article.
Which ingredients are needed to make decaf iced coffee?
Decaf iced coffee is really easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients:
- Decaf brewed coffee
- Ice cubes
You can use any coffee brewer you have at home to make the decaf coffee. I’ll go over some of the best options below.
There are also many ways that you can sweeten your iced coffee once it’s finished. This will allow you to customize the coffee to your taste completely.
What are decaf coffee beans?
Decaf coffee beans have gone through a decaffeination process to remove most of the caffeine. Decaffeination is typically done by one of two methods: chemical or Swiss water process. (Source)
Decaf coffee beans still contain a small amount of caffeine, usually around 2 mg per cup, much less than traditional caffeinated coffee.
Many people choose to drink decaf coffee for the taste without the worry of consuming too much caffeine.
What is the coffee to water ratio for decaf iced coffee?
I always brew iced coffee with a higher coffee-to-water ratio, like 1:14, which comes out to 18 grams of coffee for one cup of water (250 ml).
Because you will dilute the coffee with the ice cubes once it’s served, it’s best to brew with more coffee to keep most strength intact.
If you like adding a sweetener to your coffee, I’d still suggest brewing your coffee with a higher ratio for the most enjoyable iced coffee.
Tip: Make a few decaf coffee ice cubes if you want to keep the most strength possible. Check out this complete guide to learn how to make them.
What is the best brewing technique for iced coffee?
The flavor profile of your iced coffee will change depending on the technique used. You can have a look below at the flavor profiles:
- Chemex coffee will make a well-balanced and refreshing iced coffee.
- French press coffee will make the most robust version.
- The Hario V60 is perfect for one-cup recipes and also makes a well-balanced iced coffee.
You can choose a coffee brewer that you like most for this recipe. Most of the time, I’ll use a pour over technique for its ease of use.
You’d be better off with French press coffee for the most strength.
I recommend using the higher coffee-to-water ratio for the above-listed coffee brewers. You’ll get the most delicious decaf iced coffee that way.
Can you also make cold brew with decaf coffee beans?
Yes, you can make cold brew with decaf coffee beans. However, it’s important to note that the flavor of cold brew made with decaf coffee beans will be different than that of cold brew made with caffeinated coffee beans.
Decaf coffee beans tend to produce a milder and slightly sweeter flavor than caffeinated coffee beans, so your resulting cold brew may have a slightly different flavor profile than if you used caffeinated coffee beans.
To counteract this, I use a higher coffee-to-water ratio for cold brew the same way for this decaf iced coffee. You can check out this article to learn more about making decaf cold brew at home!
Different ways you can customize your iced coffee
There are so many ways you can customize your decaf iced coffee. This means that you could drink a different-flavored iced coffee for the upcoming days.
You can check out some of my favorites below to give you some inspiration. Each of the add-ins will have a link so that you can check out the homemade recipe for it:
- Add different syrups (such as chocolate, vanilla, or blueberry.)
- Whipped cream
- Add a flavored creamer (such as French vanilla, caramel, or mocha.)
- Alternatively, you could add cinnamon or vanilla extract to your iced coffee.
The possibilities are endless!
Now that you know about the best way to make decaf iced coffee and how you can customize it once it’s ready, you can put it to the test by following the recipe listed below:
- 1 cup (0.24 l) of decaf brewed coffee
- Ice cubes
- A sweetener of choice
- If you haven't done so already, start by brewing your decaf coffee using your favorite coffee brewer.
- For the most refreshing and least diluted drink, it's best to let the brewed coffee cool completely.
- After the coffee has cooled, fill a glass to about halfway with ice cubes.
- Pour the decaf coffee into the glass and give it a quick stir. Add some more ice cubes to make it extra icy.
- Top with your favorite toppings and add-ins if you prefer, and enjoy!
You can brew the decaf coffee before heading to bed and let it cool overnight in the fridge. That way, you can quickly make a decaf iced coffee in the morning.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1
So, there you have it – a quick, delicious way to make decaf iced coffee at home. It’s easy, and if you follow the tips in this article, your drink will be just as good (if not better) than what you’d get from your local coffee shop.
Plus, you get to customize it with your favorite add-ins for that perfect homemade version.
If you like making decaf iced coffee, you can have a look below for some great iced coffee recipes that you can try with decaf coffee beans: