As the weather starts to heat up, many coffee lovers find themselves searching for a refreshing alternative to their usual hot cup of joe. If you're looking for a delicious way to cool down this summer, look no further than French press iced coffee.
In just several simple steps, you can create a refreshing and flavorful iced coffee that's perfect for sipping on a hot day. Our easy-to-follow guide will help you make the perfect French press iced coffee every time.
From selecting the right coffee beans to mastering the art of French press brewing, we've got you covered with all the tips and tricks you need to know. So grab your French press and get ready to enjoy a deliciously cool cup of coffee.
Best Coffee Beans for iced French press coffee
When choosing coffee beans for a French press iced coffee, you should look for beans that have a medium to dark roast profile, as they tend to have more flavor and body, which is important when making iced coffee. Additionally, you should consider the origin of the coffee beans, as this can affect the flavor profile.
Here are some general tips for selecting coffee beans for your French press iced coffee:
- Choose coffee beans that are labeled as "medium roast" to "dark roast." Lighter roasts can be too delicate for iced coffee and can be overpowered by the ice.
- Look for beans that are labeled as "single origin" or "blends." Single-origin beans will have a unique flavor profile based on where they were grown, a Colombian or Sumatran blend could be a great option. These beans are known for their rich, earthy flavor and can stand up well to the ice and milk.
- Consider the flavor notes listed on the packaging. Look for beans that have notes of chocolate, caramel, or nuts, as these flavors pair well with iced coffee.
- Consider the brand and its reputation. Choose a brand that you trust or have good reviews, as this can be an indicator of quality.
- Opt for freshly roasted beans. Freshly roasted beans will have more flavor and aroma than beans that have been sitting on a shelf for months.
How to make French press iced coffee
Ready to start making? You should note that this time you are making iced coffee with a French press, not cold brew coffee. If you also want to know how to make cold brew coffee with a French press pot, you can check out our past blog: How Do I Make Cold Brew French Press Coffee.
- 1/2 cup of coarsely ground coffee
- 2 cups of hot water
- Ice cubes
- Milk (optional)
- Sweeteners (optional)
- Boil water: Boil 2 cups of water.
- Grind coffee beans: Grind 1/2 cup (around 70-75 grams) of coffee beans to a coarse grind.
- Add coffee to the French press: Add ground coffee to the French press.
- Add hot water: Pour the boiled water over the ground coffee in the French press. The ideal coffee-to-water ratio is about 1:4.
- Stir: Use a spoon to stir the coffee and water together.
- Let it steep: Allow the coffee to steep for about 4 minutes.
- Plunge the French press: Once the coffee has steeped, slowly press down on the plunger to separate the coffee grounds from the liquid.
- Pour and cool: Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the hot coffee over the ice cubes. Stir the coffee to cool it down.
- Add milk and sweeteners: If desired, you can add milk and sweeteners like sugar or flavored syrups to your taste.
Serve and enjoy your refreshing iced coffee!
Remember to adjust the amounts of coffee, water, milk, and sweeteners to suit your taste preferences.
How to serve iced coffee
Some of you may not like classic iced coffee and prefer to add some cream, chocolate sauce, etc. Here are four popular choices.
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Vanilla Iced Coffee: For a sweet and creamy twist on classic iced coffee, add a splash of vanilla syrup to your French press before brewing. This will infuse your coffee with a delicious vanilla flavor that pairs perfectly with the bold taste of French press coffee. Add milk and ice to your liking, and enjoy!
Mocha Iced Coffee: If you're a fan of chocolate, you'll love this mocha iced coffee. Mix a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder with your coffee grounds before brewing. The result is a rich and chocolatey coffee that's perfect for a sweet afternoon treat. Add some milk and ice, and you're good to go!
Cinnamon Iced Coffee: For a warming and flavorful twist on iced coffee, add a pinch of cinnamon to your French press before brewing. The cinnamon will add a subtle spice to your coffee, making it perfect for chilly days or cozy nights in. Add milk, cream, or sugar to your liking, and enjoy!
Honey Lavender Iced Coffee: For a unique and refreshing flavor, try adding a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of dried lavender to your French press before brewing. The result is a floral and sweet coffee that's perfect for a summer day. Add milk and ice to your liking, and enjoy this delicious and fragrant iced coffee!
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Making French Press Iced Coffee
Making French press iced coffee is a cool way. However, there are a few common mistakes that people often encounter. Here we will discuss those mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them.
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- Mistake #1: Using too little coffee
Iced coffee can taste weaker than hot coffee, so make sure to use enough coffee grounds to get a full-flavored brew.
- Mistake #2: Not adjusting the coffee-to-water ratio
When making iced coffee, it's important to adjust the coffee-to-water ratio to compensate for the ice that will be added. A good rule of thumb is to double the amount of coffee grounds you would use for a hot French press and then add ice and cold water to the brewed coffee.
- Mistake #3: Brewing for too long
- Mistake #4: Not chilling the coffee
- Mistake #5: Using low-quality coffee
- Mistake #6: Not cleaning the French press
More French press coffee drinks
When you buy a French press pot, you will deeply realize what a "multi-purpose pot" means. Not only can you make hot French press coffee, but you can also make iced coffee, cold brew French press coffee, tea, and "espresso French press coffee"!
- French press coffee: How to make French press coffee?
- Espresso: How to make espresso with a French press?
- Tea: Can we brew tea with a French press?
- Cold Brew: How Do I Make Cold Brew French Press Coffee?
FAQs about French press iced coffee
Can I use cold water in a French press?
Yes, you can use cold water in a French press. However, keep in mind that the temperature of the water will affect the extraction of the coffee grounds. Cold water will extract coffee more slowly and may result in a weaker brew.
If you prefer a stronger cup of coffee, it's recommended to use hot water instead of cold water. You can heat water in a kettle or on the stove, and let it cool for a few minutes before pouring it into the French press. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee in a French press is between 195-205°F.
How long to let coffee sit in the French press for iced coffee?
For regular iced coffee made in a French press, you can steep the coffee for about 4-5 minutes. This is shorter than the steeping time for cold brew, which can take several hours or overnight.
Is French press iced coffee the same as cold brew?
No, French press iced coffee is not the same as cold brew coffee.
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in cold water for an extended period of time, typically 12-24 hours or even longer, to extract the flavor and caffeine from the coffee. The result is a smooth, less acidic coffee concentrate that is usually diluted with water or milk before serving.
French press iced coffee is made by steeping medium-coarse ground coffee beans in hot water for a shorter period of time, usually around 4-5 minutes. The hot water extraction method produces a more traditional coffee flavor with higher acidity and body than cold brew. After steeping, the coffee is poured over ice to cool it down before serving.
While both methods result in a refreshing iced coffee, the flavor and strength of the coffee can differ significantly between cold brew and French press iced coffee.