How to make the perfect iced coffee at home - tips from a barista

How to make the perfect iced coffee at home – tips from a barista

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Summer is here, so you know what that means – that’s right, it’s the season for the best iced coffees.

In our opinion, iced coffee is a top drink any time of the year, but it’s an especially perfect indulgence on a hot day.

But while it’s fairly common to brew hot coffee at home, fewer people seem to be getting into making their own versions of the cold stuff.

That’s why we spoke with Chloe Sizer, a barista and manager with six years in the industry under her belt.

Chloe has prepared some tasty recipes you can try at home, as well as a little shopping list to help kickstart your morning coffee.

How to make your own iced coffee


  • 25g medium ground coffee
  • 150g ice cream
  • 125g hot water from the kettle
  • an aeropress


  1. Fill your tumbler with ice, wet the airpress and screw on the cap
  2. Place the aeropress on top of the cup and add the coffee
  3. Add hot water quickly to ensure the coffee is well soaked
  4. Let stand for a minute, then stir the mixture before entering the plunger
  5. Dip slowly for about 30 seconds until all the water is gone
  6. Stir in milk/sweetener to taste, if you like that – Chloe recommends 1:1 simple syrup or honey/warmed maple syrup

Iced coffee from above

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How to make cold brew coffee concentrate

This is a concentrate designed to be diluted with ice when serving.

  • 1:1 weight ratio of coffee to water
  • Medium coarse ground coffee
  • Filtered cold water
  • Filter bag (cloth or paper) to contain the coffee grounds
  • Mason jar or large-scale sieve (if not using a strainer)

Chloe’s Top Tips for Making Iced Coffee

‘For cold brew concentrate, make sure all floors are moist and covered when steeping.

“Use filtered water for both recipes – there are unwanted compounds in tap water that don’t extract the great flavors of the coffee.”

  1. Fill a container with the desired amount of cold water and weigh with the scale
  2. Weigh coffee in equal parts and put the grounds in a filter
  3. If you don’t have a filter, you can add the grounds to the water, but you’ll need to filter when you’re done
  4. Soak the coffee in water for 12-20 hours – the optimal time is 15 hours. Store the mixture in the refrigerator.
  5. Filter and enjoy over ice. Again, stir in the milk/syrupy sweetener to taste.

What to buy to boost your coffee game


an aeropress

Chloe put this at the top of her list (Picture: Pilot Coffee Roasters)

Chloe says, “It’s so convenient and easy to make iced coffee.”

Buy for £30 on Amazon

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pouring Kettle

another kettle

Chloe loves the flow restrictor (Picture: The Coffee Shop)

Chloe says: ‘You can set the water temperature you want and it will maintain the temperature. The flow is also regular and slow.

Buy for £149 at the Coffee Shop

A Feldgrind hand grinder

a coffee grinder

Chloe says this one gives you what you pay for (Picture: Knock)

Chloe says, “This one is the best and cheapest grinder – consistent and portable.”

Buy it for £150 at Knock

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