There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a nice glass of iced coffee to cool you off on a hot summer day. But if you’ve walked into any coffee shop and asked for an iced coffee, you’ll know how much the cost can add up! Luckily, there’s a good alternative to make coffee at home, so let’s get into it and see how to make iced coffee with Keurig coffee makers!
Keurig iced coffee is super easy
What’s so special about Keurig iced coffee, then? It’s the simplicity and ease of use. With a Keurig, you just pop in a pod, push a button, and you’ll have a cup of coffee ready to go in less than 1 minute.
That level of ease can’t compare with regular coffee brewing where you’d have to get freshly ground beans, brew the coffee, clean up, and so on.
That doesn’t mean that Keurig coffee is the best in the world. That’s a debate for another time, but we can safely say that Keurig does cut some corners on coffee quality while excelling in convenience.
So how do you go about making iced coffee in Keurig machines?
Making iced coffee from Keurig
The following instructions will work for all Keurig machines. Keurig’s latest lineup includes the K-Elite, which has a special iced coffee option. More on that later.
What you’ll need
- Any K-cup of your choice. Go for darker, more intense roasts for better flavor
- A thermos or temperature-resistant glass
- Ice cubes
- Milk or creamer to taste
- Sugar or sweetener to taste
How to brew
- Prep the machine. Turn on the Keurig coffee maker, insert the K-Cup of your choice, and make sure there’s enough water in the reservoir
- Get the cup ready. Ideally, you can just brew directly into a large cup or glass full of ice. Remember that ice will occupy significant volume in your glass, so if you typically brew a 10 ounce cup size option into a particular glass and brew 10 ounces into the same glass with ice in it, it will overflow. Ideally, choose the smaller, stronger brew option and brew into a larger glass full of ice. One more thing to note here is to use a Pyrex or similar glass. These glasses are heat resistant and won’t crack from the sudden influx of hot coffee in a glass cold with ice.
- Press the button and brew. Just choose your brew size and press the button the get the brew going. If you don’t want to brew right over ice, you can use one cup and fill up a second cup with ice cubes. Then pour the coffee over the ice in the second cup once it has finished brewing.
- Add milk and sugar to taste. Finally, as your coffee is cooling with the ice, add a splash of milk, creamer, and/or sugar to your personal preference. Ideally, try to enjoy the coffee straight without any milk or sugar.
One thing worth noting is to use stronger K-Cups and smaller brew sizes. This is to keep the coffee as concentrated as possible. The ice and milk will dilute the coffee flavor anyway!
Use a Keurig K-Elite to make iced coffee
Keurig has released a new machine called the Keurig K-Elite which has a dedicated iced coffee button. The specific instructions in this case are exactly the same as we mentioned above: just put a glass full of ice under the brewer and press the iced coffee button.
Presumably the iced coffee function compensates a bit by using a lower brewing temperature to prevent a temperature shock, as well as making a more concentrated brew to preserve flavor.
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It’s also likely that the volume of the brew is compensated so that the cup won’t overflow!
How to make even stronger iced coffee
You have two ways to make even stronger iced coffee with your Keurig coffee maker. You may wish to opt for a str coffee if you feel the ice is really diluting and killing the flavor.
The first is to use a My K-Cup and fill it with some extra coffee grounds. This will result in a stronger coffee since there are more grounds per cup.
The second option is to use two K-Cups instead of the one and make two smaller 4 or 6 ounce cup sizes, and pour them both over ice.
You should bear in mind that using more coffee means you are ingesting more caffeine, so it will no longer count as just a single glass of coffee!
Try drinking cold brew
Iced coffee is cool, but cold brew is even cooler. Get it? Heh heh.
Since iced coffee is just hot coffee cooled with ice, you’re essentially drinking a diluted beverage which may not have the same rich flavor you expect from your hot coffee.
Cold brew coffee is brewed cold over a longer period of time, so the resulting flavor is much, much richer and the unpleasant compounds that are extracted during hot brewing stay put inside the grounds during cold brewing.
You can make a cold brew that you drink straight, or you can even make a concentrate that you can dilute with milk and water. This concentrate is SUPER concentrated, and will be even more intense than the two-cup method we mentioned above.
Now you are an iced coffee expert! As you can see, making iced coffee at home is really easy with Keurig coffee makers. You can adjust the cup size and the amount of ice cubes you put in to vary the flavor.
The best way to make a great cup of coffee is to keep experimenting and tweaking!
Frequently asked questions
Can you make cold drinks with a Keurig?
You can certainly make iced coffee with a Keurig! It’s also possible to use tea K-Cups to make iced tea, though I have not tried it myself! The principle would remain the same: just make the beverage over ice.
Can you make iced coffee with hot coffee?
Iced coffee is almost always made from hot coffee! Cold brew coffee is another form of iced coffee which is made with cold water.
Can I freeze Keurig coffee into coffee ice cubes?
You certainly can! That’s actually a great way to have iced coffee ready whenever you need it. Simply toss frozen coffee cubes into a glass of water or milk and enjoy iced coffee whenever you want.
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