The Ultimate Guide To Iced Coffee

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Craving a refreshing afternoon coffee kick?


Welcome to the cool side of coffee! If you’re wondering how to make the perfect chilled coffee at home, look no further. I have created the ultimate guide to help you understand the difference between iced coffee, cold brew, and iced lattes. Yes, it’s time to truly embrace the refreshing world of chilled coffee. 

Why wait for the summer to indulge in an iced caramel latte? I’m ready to spill the beans on how I create icy coffee delights in seconds at home using one super delicious ingredient, read on to discover more about coffee concentrate, or as I prefer to call it espresso bottled!

Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew:

Iced coffee and cold brew are both cool variations of our beloved coffee, but they have distinct differences.

Iced Coffee:

Iced coffee is simply brewed coffee that's cooled down by pouring it over ice. Iced coffee isn’t just coffee that has gone cold, it's bold, straightforward, and perfect for those who appreciate the pure essence of coffee without too much fuss. 

How to make iced coffee in three easy steps:

  1. Brew your favorite coffee
  2. Add ice and water to your cup 
  3. Pour your brewed coffee into the cup

Optional step - customize your iced coffee with milk, oat milk or other dairy alternative or why not try flavored syrups.

FBMC has created an amazing coffee ice cube recipe if you don’t like your ice watering down your coffee! 

Now here is where my secret ingredient can be used to make your iced coffee in two easy steps. No need to brew your coffee first! Just iced coffee at your fingertips in seconds. To find out more about coffee concentrate read my guide the coffee concentrate. 

How to make an Iced coffee using coffee concentrate:  2 easy steps 

  1. Add the desired amount of coffee concentrate to your glass following the instructions on the bottle
  2. Add 200ml of cold water and ice 

Optional step - customize your iced coffee with milk, oat milk or other dairy alternative or why not try flavoured syrups.

Iced coffee without milk is called an iced Americano. So how do you make an Iced Americano? It’s so easy with coffee concentrate because your espresso is already made and ready to pour! Just add cold water and ice! 

FBMC coffee concentrate is kept in the fridge once opened so it’s ready to go, perfectly chilled. Your ice cubes will not immediately melt which means no more watery iced coffee!

Cold brew coffee vs coffee concentrate:

Now, let's venture into the world of cold brew. Iced coffee and cold brew are not the same thanks to the unique brewing process used to make cold brew coffee. Making cold brew coffee involves steeping coffee grounds or coffee brew bags - link to coffee brew bags product page (coffee tea bags as I like to call them) in cold water, often overnight or for longer, resulting in a concentrated, smooth coffee.

How to Make Cold Brew coffee using Florence coffee brew bags: 

Easy 2 step recipe to make cold brew coffee.

  • 1) Put 3 Florence coffee brew bags in 1ltr of cold water and leave in the fridge for 3-6 hours or overnight. 
  • 2) Pour into a cup over ice. 

Optional step -  Dilute with water, milk, or cream to your liking.

Iced Latte:

So what is the difference between an iced coffee and an iced latte? An iced latte introduces a creamy element to the mix. It's made by combining espresso, cold milk, and ice. The result is a smoother, creamier coffee experience. This is my go to when I’m looking for a refreshing, yet deliciously cool, pick me up!

This iced latte recipe uses coffee concentrate. This is my ‘secret’ ingredient to achieve a consistently good iced latte that takes just seconds to make. Coffee concentrate is ready-to-pour espresso. I would be lost without it! It’s a key ingredient I always have in my fridge! 

How to Make an Iced Latte using coffee concentrate: Easy three step recipe 

  • 1) Fill a glass with ice.
  • 2) Add the desired amount of coffee concentrate following the instructions on the bottle
  • 3) Add 200ml (7 fl oz)of cold milk or dairy alternative to your desired taste

People often ask me why iced lattes are so expensive in coffee shops. It’s simply because a latte recipe uses more milk. Milk (or dairy alternatives like oatmilk) is a more expensive ingredient than water! 

Learning to make an iced latte at home is a great way to save money on a chilly treat!

Ready-to-drink iced coffee in a can

It’s not surprising as iced coffee grows in popularity that we are seeing more iced coffee available ready to drink in cans. Perfect for on the go when you need a refreshing pick me up!

Ready-to-drink iced coffee is coffee that has been perfectly blended and prepared, then sealed in a can ready to be enjoyed. 

Florence by Mills Coffee’s iced latte coffees in sleek cans can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle. They are naturally sweetened to perfection and just 130 calories.

Coffee Syrups

Why not learn how to use coffee syrups to elevate the flavor of your iced latte? Iced caramel latte is my definite fave followed quickly by iced vanilla latte. 

I always add my coffee syrups last after I have added the milk so that I can stir it into my iced latte and have a quick taste, then I can always add a little more if I feel like I need to. I have a sweet tooth so that normally happens!

I have put together a sweet guide on coffee syrups link to syrups blog here (lucy wrote the syrups blog)

Now that you're armed with the knowledge of crafting the perfect iced coffee, cold brew and iced latte, it's time to unleash your inner barista. Experiment with different coffee concentrate flavors, milk choices, and syrup flavors to create your signature chilled coffee experience. 

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