How to make hot coffee cold fast? (3 ways how)

In this article, we will answer the question “How to make hot coffee cold fast?”, and how to make the best Iced coffee?

How to make hot coffee cold fast?

  • Add ice cubes to your hot coffee. These ice cubes can be made out of plain water but nothing is really exciting about that unless you made a strong brew and desperately need to dilute your coffee whilst chilling it.
  • Alternatively, chill coffee with water or milk in an ice cube tray. Whenever you want to enjoy your coffee cold, take out some cubes, pour milk over them, sweeten your coffee and enjoy.

If you enjoy sweet coffee but have a hard time dissolving sugar in the cold milk, consider adding it to your coffee and then freezing it. In this way when the cubes melt, they give you a sweet and chilled coffee.

  • Another method to quickly cool down your coffee is by blending it with some ice cubes in the regular cocktail shaker. You can remove the ice cubes after mixing if you do not want to dilute your coffee.

What is the difference between iced coffee and cold coffee?

How to make iced coffee?

Iced coffee is brewed in by the regular method. The brewed coffee is then freeze stored in an ice cube tray. Milk is poured over these cubes when consuming. This method will result in a thinner coffee with a mild taste. To solve this problem, make a very strong brew so when it is diluted, the flavor is not lost.

How to make cold brew coffee?

Cold-brew takes time. In this method of brewing, the coffee grounds are immersed in cold water and allowed to sit as is for at least 12 hours. After 12 hours, the coffee is stepped completely. The coffee grounds are filtered and the coffee concentrate is mixed with water or milk. Ice is added to chill it. Cold-brew results in a bitter and acidic flavor since the brew relies on cold water to extract all the oils and flavors from the beans over an extended period of time.

Tips to make iced coffee?

Use instant coffee

Instant coffee is often looked down upon for a french press but it works best if you want to make iced coffee. Just mix and stir a heaping tbsp of instant coffee with some warm water and add chilled milk to it. Ice cubes can also be added.

Freeze coffee

Make a paste of coffee and water and dilute it a bit. Pout the mixture to the ice cube tray and freeze. Whenever you want to make iced coffee or iced latter, put some cubes in a mug and pour milk over it, voila, your chilled latte is ready.

Improvise your ice cubes

If you like your iced coffee to be more creamy with a rich flavor and thicker consistency, freeze coffee with milk in the ice cube tray. Use regular milk or coconut milk if you are allergic to dairy. You can add honey for sweetness and flavor.

Serve with Seltzer

Espresso pairs well with sparkling water. You can make your own espresso spritzer at home by pouring espresso shot over ice cubes in a mug followed by some sparkling water to jazz it up.

Refrigerate your beans

Experiments have shown that refrigerated whole coffee beans yield a more even grind, which is the base for a perfect brew. This method is not only suitable for an iced coffee but works best for hot coffee as well.

Other FAQs about Coffee which you may be interested in.

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How to make French Press coffee?

Preheat your press

Pour some hot water into the beaker and drain it once the beaker is hot. This step keeps the coffee hot for longer.

Weigh your coffee grounds

It is recommended to weigh the coffee to get the perfect coffee to water ratio each time. A 1:10 ratio i.e use 1g of coffee for every 10g of water is ideal. 

Check the temperature of the water

The recommended coffee press water temperature is 195-205 degrees F. Use a thermometer to check the temperature.

Add coffee grounds and hot water

Add the coffee grounds and hot water in the right proportion into the preheated french press. Stir with a spoon.

Put the lid on and start the timer

Cover the lid to keep the steam inside. Wait for 4-5 minutes. Press the plunger down all the way to the base of the beaker.

Serve and enjoy

Decant your coffee if you do not want bitter flavor. Serve warm and enjoy.


In this article, we answered the question “How to make hot coffee cold fast?”, and how to make the best iced-coffee?