How to Make Iced Coffee: A Step-by-Step Guide
Make Cold-Brew Coffee at Home
Making delicious iced coffee at home is a cinch. Best of all, the secret to the best coffee is to eliminate heat from the process altogether. Cold-processed coffee is less bitter, and it allows you to control the dilution of the final product. We used Peet's Baridi blend coffee beans, which are specially roasted for iced coffee, but any beans you like will do. Give the beans a few bursts in a coffee grinder, to a medium grind. Add 1/4 cup of the grinds to every cup of water you will use.
Steep the Coffee
Add room-temperature water to the coffee grounds, and stir to combine. Cover with a lid, and leave the coffee at room temperature, agitating periodically, for 12 hours or overnight.
Filter the Coffee
Strain the coffee through a coffee filter. Discard the grinds and the filter.
Serve the Chilled Coffee
If desired, dilute the coffee by up to 50 percent water. Pour over ice, and add simple syrup and cream to your taste.