Not many things beat the refreshing taste of a perfectly crafted iced coffee! Nowadays you can order a variety of iced coffees at your favorite coffee shop but often at a pretty steep cost. If you want to continue to feed your iced coffee habit but in a budget friendly way, then you have come to the right place! Today we will show you how to make an iced coffee with your Keurig Coffee Brewer.
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- 1 All About Keurig
- 2 Brewing Iced Coffee in Your Keurig
- 3 Iced Coffee Tips and Tricks
- 4 Favorite Iced Coffee Drinks
- 5 Cozy Conclusion
All About Keurig
Convenience is a big reason why one in three Americans use a single-serve coffee maker today. More than ever consumers are wanting to brew barista quality coffee in the convenience of their home.
With an annual revenue in excess of $11 billion Keurig is a popular and recognizable brand of beverage brewing systems intended for home use. Keurig has fundamentally changed the coffee drinking world through its revolutionary approach to providing convenience in a single serving cup.
Keurig’s uncomplicated, user friendly design across its variety of models make it extremely easy to brew a cup of coffee with minimal time required. Click here for a comprehensive review of top Keurig models.
Keurig coffee makers have their own pods referred to as K-Cups, which contain pre-measured ground coffee. To use, you simply select your K-cup, pop it into the Keurig Coffee Brewer, make your selections and hit brew. In under 60 seconds flat you have a cup ready to go!
Brewing Iced Coffee in Your Keurig
Brewing iced coffee with a Keurig is very simple. When deciding on which K-Cup to use for your iced coffee there is a wide variety of flavors and strengths available.
If you are in the mood for something sweeter, we recommend a Kona Coffee K-Cup such as Maud’s Kona Coffee Blend K-Cups. We also have an entire list of Kona Coffee K-Cups that would be delicious as iced coffee. Give them a try, Kona Coffee rarely disappoints.
Before brewing your iced coffee, you will want to have the following ingredients available:
1. Your K-Cup of Choice
3. Coffee Cup
4. Milk or cream (optional)
5. Sweetener (optional)
When brewing directly over ice, it is important to not use a glass cup. This is because a glass cup could shatter due to the temperature difference between the cold ice and hot coffee.
We also recommend that you brew in a larger cup than you would use for hot drinks such as this Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler with Straw. This will ensure your cup has enough room to hold the combined volume of coffee, ice and milk needed to create your iced coffee masterpiece.
Once you have all your ingredients assembled you are ready to brew!
Step # 1 – Get the Keurig Ready to Brew
This is a very easy step to complete. You will want to turn the Keurig on, make sure you have the correct amount of water needed to brew, select your K-Cup and place your K-Cup into the Keurig brewer.
If you are after an environmentally friendly brewing option the Keurig My K-Cup Universal Coffee Filter allows you to fill a reusable K-Cup with your ground coffee of choice.
If you opt to use the My K-Cup you will need to fill it with the ground coffee you would like to use for brewing your iced coffee. The Community Coffee House Blend makes for an enjoyable well rounded coffee with a rich, smooth flavor when iced.
Step # 2 – Select Your Cup
When selecting a cup to brew with, you have two options either to brew with the cup you will also be drinking your iced coffee out of or you can brew your iced coffee in a mug and then transfer it to your cup of choice.
Since we are fans of making the least mess possible, we recommend filling your cup with ice first and then simply brewing the coffee directly in it. This way you only have to use one cup and can go from brewing to drinking almost immediately.
There are many great cup options on the market today that will give you a barista brewed experience right at home. We love making our iced coffees in these Starbucks Tumblers because they give us that coffeeshop vibe for our homemade drinks.
The other option is to brew your hot coffee in a mug, fill a cup with ice and then pour the hot coffee over it. Some prefer this method to ensure they brew their preferred size. However, once you have the amounts for brewing your iced coffee down we vote that you skip the extra cup and the extra mess that comes with it.
It’s Brew Time!
Once you have placed your cup under the Keurig, you can go ahead and select your cup size and hit brew. Once brewing is complete you can then enhance your iced coffee with any flavorings, milk, creams or syrups that you prefer. Our personal favorite is a little half and half paired with a flavored syrup.
This Torani variety pack is a great option to try if you are looking to add variety and sweetness to your iced coffees. We love being creative with the different flavor options, it keeps our iced coffees delicious and never boring.
Does my Keurig Need an Iced Coffee Option?
The good news is that iced coffee is so simple to brew, you can use any Keurig model to make a deliciously icy cup. However, if you do plan on making a lot of iced coffee it could be worthwhile to consider investing in the Keurig K-Elite which comes with an iced coffee button!
In fact, the Keurig K-Elite is the only Keurig that comes equipped with an iced button to be used when brewing iced coffee. This function creates a stronger brew that will withstand being diluted by ice. It also ensures that the brewing temperature is lowered to be more compatible with coffee intended for ice and adjusts the size of your brew to ensure you have enough room for both your coffee as well as your ice.
The Keurig K-Elite comes jam packed with features designed to brew a delicious cup in the simplest way possible. Like all Keurig’s, the K-Elite is compatible with the extensive line of K-Cups available on the market today so you will have a lot of choices to pick from when brewing your iced coffee. To learn more about the K-Elite’s functions and features check out Cozy’s full review by clicking here!
Iced Coffee Tips and Tricks
Many people love iced coffee but dislike the dilution that can happen as the ice melts. In order to minimize the watered down effect melted ice can have on your coffee you can make coffee ice cubes! These ice cubes are frozen with coffee in them so as they melt, your drink increases in coffee volume. Pretty genius, isn’t it?!
To make coffee ice cubes you will want to complete the following steps:
1. Brew a batch of coffee large enough to fill an ice tray.
2. Once brewing is complete, pour the coffee into the ice tray.
3. Carefully place the ice tray in the freezer and wait until completely frozen.
4. Once frozen you can select the amount of coffee cubes you want for your drink, take them out of the ice tray and place them in your cup!
To make our iced coffee drinks even more fun, we LOVE experimenting with playful ice cube trays. Our favorite ice cube molds to use are:
Make it a Double!
For a stronger brew, you can brew two smaller cup sizes, we recommend 4 or 6 ounces, back to back. This will ensure your brew has a higher coffee bean to water ratio and will make the coffee in your drink stronger.
Favorite Iced Coffee Drinks
Iced coffee is a versatile and delicious drink. We have a few variations we think you should try! For maximum flavor we like to make simple syrups to mix into our iced coffee.
Simple syrups are made by combining water, sugar and a flavoring of your choice on the stove. Once cooled, you add the simple syrup to your drink for a taste that is out of this world! You can make simple syrup in batches as it will last up to 4 weeks in your fridge.
Here are a few of our favorite iced coffee recipes:
The Simple and Sweet Iced Coffee
8 to 10 ounce Keurig brewed coffee
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons half and half
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water
1. Make the simple syrup by combining the water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool and stir in vanilla extract.
2. Pour coffee over ice, add half and half and the simple syrup to your taste.
8 ounces Keurig brewed coffee
½ cup sugar
3 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons and ½ tsp cocoa powder
1 cup water
1. Make the simple syrup by combining the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in sugar and cocoa powder until dissolved. Let cool in the fridge for ½ hour.
2. Pour coffee over ice, add half and half and the simple syrup to your taste. If extra cocoa is desired, sprinkle the top of your iced coffee with ½ tsp.
Easy Simple Syrup Recipe
Simple Syrup base Ingredients:
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups sugar
- Flavoring of choice
1. Make the simple syrup by combining the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Add flavoring of choice.
2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.
Iced coffee is a refreshing, delicious and versatile treat enjoyed by many! The love of iced coffee can take a toll on one’s wallet, with icy brews becoming an indulgent and expensive treat when purchased at your favorite coffee shop.
Luckily, iced coffee is very easy to brew and create in your own kitchen. Making your iced coffee in your kitchen is not only simple but much friendlier on your budget.
Coffee Brewers allow you to brew iced coffee at the touch of a button. All Keurig models can make iced coffee, with the Keurig K Elite having an actual iced coffee function designed specifically for creating icy brews.
It is fun to experiment with your iced coffee creations by adding unique ice cube shapes, simple syrups, sweeteners or different milk types. No matter what iced coffee combination is your favorite, this icy treat is one you will be sure to come back to again and again.
Sending you a sweet, iced coffee filled cheers!