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Brewing Iced Coffee

I used to get really frustrated trying to make iced coffee. I either had to brew it ahead of time and refrigerate it (which isn’t fresh), or add ice to cool down a fresh cup (which essentially waters it down). I wasn’t happy with either of these options. There’s a trick I learned which has helped me to brew the perfect cup of iced coffee. (I first read a blog about it here.) Basically, just take the amount of water needed and divide it by 2. Brew hot coffee using ½ of the water, and set aside the other ½ in the form of ice.

For Example:

To make (roughly) a 12 oz cup of coffee you need:

  • 200 grams of hot water
  • 200 grams of ice
  • 25 grams of fresh ground coffee

Note: the proper water to coffee ratio is 16:1

The best part about this process is that you have instant, strong iced coffee. When the ice melts, the coffee doesn’t become watered down - it settles out to the perfect ratio.

I typically make my iced coffee with the Clever, and let it drip directly over ice when it’s done steeping. This same process can be done with any drip coffee mechanism.

To learn how to brew using the Clever, read Brewing Method – Clever Coffee Dripper.

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