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Coffee Ice Cubes: Try This Life-Changing Coffee Hack

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You’ve spent so long perfecting your coffee-to-water ratio, and your hot coffee is perfect. But now you want a refreshing cup of iced coffee. Don’t worry: there’s a solution, and it doesn’t involve your neighborhood coffee shop: coffee ice cubes!

We’re going to show you how to make coffee ice cubes, which will cool your perfectly brewed coffee down without ruining the flavor. Scroll down to learn this easy process. We guarantee you’ll never look back!

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How to Make Coffee Ice Cubes

Ingredients
  • Freshly brewed coffee
Equipment

1. Brew a cup of strong coffee.

Keurig Mini brewing Starbucks coffee

You can use any brewing method, from pour-overs to drip machines, though we wouldn’t recommend any methods that leave silt in your cup. Skip the French press unless you like gritty ice! For this guide, we used a Keurig Mini.

2. Let the coffee cool for a few minutes.

let coffee cool for ice cubes

Give the coffee a minute or two to cool down. This will protect your ice tray and keep your freezer from having to work too hard.

3. Pour the coffee into the ice cube tray.

coffee iced cubes pouring

Carefully pour the coffee into the tray, making sure that each cube is filled to the top.

4. Put the tray into the freezer and wait.

coffee ice cubes in freezer

Put the filled tray in your freezer. Make sure it is lying flat, or else you’ll get slanted ice cubes and messy drips. Then wait for several hours.

5. Pop out the ice and enjoy a cold drink!

coffee ice cubes in a glass

That’s it! Once the coffee cubes are frozen, you can pull them out and use them in your drinks. Enjoy your tasty iced coffee, cold brew, or even coffee cocktail!

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Why Make Coffee Ice Cubes?

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a chilled glass of gourmet coffee. But most brewing methods produce hot coffee. How do you cool it down without ruining the flavor? That’s where coffee ice cubes can be very handy.

You can refrigerate coffee, of course, but if you don’t want to wait for it to cool down, mixing it with frozen coffee cubes is the best solution. Coffee ice cubes won’t water down your drink because as they melt, they release tasty coffee, not water, into the cup.

frozen coffee ice cubes

What Kind of Ice Cube Tray Works Best?

The bottom line is that you can use any ice cube tray for this simple process. We prefer silicone models that are temperature-resistant and easy to take the ice out of, but basic plastic models will also work. In a pinch, you can even use Ziploc bags, plastic egg cartons, or aluminum foil. Get creative — or invest in a good set of ice trays.

Which Coffee Brewing Method Should You Use?

As with the ice tray, you can use almost any brewing method to make coffee ice cubes. We do have some suggestions, though: brewing methods that produce clear, smooth coffee will make the best ice. That generally means that a paper filter will be involved. We recommend pour-over methods with paper filters, like the Hario V60 or Chemex. Drip coffee machines and single-serve pod coffee makers are easy, convenient options as well.

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Conclusion

We hope this guide has answered all of your questions about coffee ice cubes. Keeping these frozen treats in the freezer is incredibly convenient, allowing you to drink iced coffee at home without having to wait or sacrifice flavor. Try brewing an extra cup of coffee in the morning and throwing it in the freezer. You’ll thank yourself later!

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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