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Take Iced Coffee to the Next Level with Coffee Ice Cubes

Take Iced Coffee to the Next Level with Coffee Ice Cubes

Words Erin Meister

Why worry about watering down your iced coffee with regular (read: boring) ice cubes, when you can hack your favorite cold drink by using coffee ice cubes instead? 

The next time you brew iced coffee, whether you use a cold-brew or a hot-brew method over ice, save some of the finished drink and freeze it into your trusty ice cube tray. (If you are a cold-brew brewer, be sure to dilute it first before freezing, or prepare to bounce off the walls.)

How to Make Coffee Ice Cubes for Stronger Iced Coffee

For a stronger drink, use as many iced-coffee-cubes as you would regular ice cubes; for a mellower drink, use half of each type.

As the frozen coffee melts, it will blend into your beverage instead of diluting it, maintaining a kick that will stand up even to added milk or cream.

Just don’t freeze still-hot coffee (like the stuff you’d brew in your drip coffee maker) or use leftovers you’d otherwise dump down the drain. The bitter-tasting compounds in hot-brewed coffee will ultimately break down and turn sour even before they freeze, and nobody wants a sour summer. You also don’t want to use coffee cubes as the ice base for a flash-chilled brew, or your finished drink will be overpowering (and probably pretty bitter).

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When a fancy mood strikes, mix cinnamon, a dash of vanilla, or chocolate syrup into the cubes for a DIY flavor boost. You can also use coffee ice cubes to blend into frozen cocktails, shakes, or smoothies, or crush them for a homemade granita, topped with fresh whipped cream. Drop a couple into a chilled glass with fizzy water and simple syrup for a spin on a coffee soda; experiment with tonic and homemade simple syrups. (Just be sure to clean the trays thoroughly before starting your next batch!)

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By Erin Meister

Erin Meister is a freelance writer for OXO. She is a specialty-coffee professional with 15-plus years as a barista, café manager, wholesale account representative, speaker, and educator; she currently sells green coffee for the Minneapolis-based importing company Café Imports. You can also hear her on weekly episodes of "Opposites Extract: A Debate Podcast about Coffee," available on iTunes.

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