When was iced coffee invented?

In this text, we will answer the question: “When was iced coffee invented?”. Also, we will discuss a little about the production methods of iced coffee and how it was invented. Furthermore, we will elucidate what are the benefits of drinking iced coffee.

When was iced coffee invented?

It is not known exactly where and when iced coffee started to be drunk. However, it is believed that the consumption of this drink is very old and started with European soldiers. That’s because they took the coffee to the battlefield, and they couldn’t always reheat the drink. 

In this way, they ended up getting used to drinking the cold drink anyway, and they took this habit home after the wars.

This explains why iced coffee is so popular across Europe. Nowadays, cold drinks are consumed all over the world, being very successful mainly in the United States and Japan. In fact, in Asian countries, the iced coffee market surpasses even the soft drink market.

Have you ever tried iced coffee?

Not that coffee that got cold in the cup, but coffee prepared to be drunk iced. For hot days, especially, the cold version of the coffee goes very well!

Every summer, the term iced coffee or cold brew is much sought after by coffee lovers who want to try the cold version of this drink that we are very used to drinking hot every day.

Iced coffee can be made with hot extracted coffee (such as Vietnamese and Thai iced coffee) and instant coffee (Indian iced coffee). 

But the so-called cold brew is made with cold water, in a slower extraction process, drop by drop, and can be found in beautiful bottles in specialty coffee shops.

There are other methods for cold coffee production?

There are a few methods for producing iced coffee, we will show you two of them.

Cold melting – The coffee bean is mixed with water at a low temperature and brewed in a cold place. The brew usually varies between 10 and 15 hours, then the coffee is strained and can be consumed straight or mixed with iced products.

Cooling – This is the most common method; hot coffee is brewed normally, then poured into a cup containing ice cubes or frozen food in order to lower the temperature in a short time.

How was cold brew invented?

Like many inventions throughout history, cold brew was born from the need to preserve coffee to be consumed on long journeys or in times of war. The Dutch were the first to benefit from the technique, which was also successful among the Japanese and, later, the French.

In its first version, it was a coffee concentrate. This concentrate, or “travel coffee essence” could be preserved for long periods and facilitated the preparation of the drink in adverse conditions, simply by adding hot water to obtain the traditional coffee.

The Japanese really appreciated the idea. Utilizing their millennia-old tea-making tradition, they developed their own cold brew. The method was known as Kyoto-Style, as it was very successful in the city of Kyoto, Japan.

In Kyoto-Style, instead of leaving the bean immersed in water, the Japanese started to use towers in which the water drips onto the coffee beans. This method is still widely used, although it is not very practical and the equipment has a high price.

It was the French, in the mid-1830s, who developed the cold brew with the variation most similar to the one we know today, consumed cold.

The drink, called Mazagran, was a mixture of coffee concentrate sweetened with ice water.

It was heavily consumed by French soldiers who were at Fort Mazagran in Algeria. The soldiers, on returning home, took the recipe that was widespread throughout Europe.

Around the 20th century, innovation gained the European and American markets and reached its peak in the 1960s in Japan.

However, you need to be calm and wait for the infusion. Depending on the method adopted, it can take 12 to 48 hours, while the intensity depends on each person’s taste. There are many worshipers of this version of coffee.

What are the benefits of drinking iced coffee?

Like hot coffee, cold coffee is an extremely important source of energy. Drinking cold coffee is healthier. Above all, it’s healthier for the stomach and tooth enamel, as the acidity of hot coffee is more harmful. So, being cold, the acidity decreases. And once in the body, it helps digestion and feel better.


In this text, we answered the question: “When was iced coffee invented?”. Also, we discussed a little about the production methods of iced coffee and how it was invented. Furthermore, we elucidated what are the benefits of drinking iced coffee.



Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.