How to Make Ice Coffee with a Keurig – A Fresh, Cold Cup of Joe

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How to make ice coffee with a Keurig

When most people think of making coffee with a Keurig, they think of hot coffee.

The Keurig machines use pods, so you can make a delicious cup of coffee at the press of a button. That way there's less prep and cleanup involved when it comes to making your morning brew.

What most people don’t realize is that it’s totally possible to make a great cup of iced coffee using the Keurig, and it’s much easier than you think.

This article is going to help you to understand how to make an absolutely perfect iced coffee using your Keurig coffee machine.

​How to make iced coffee in a Keurig

​Iced coffee is the perfect summer treat, but most people are still spending a fortune at their local coffee shop each day because they don’t realize that it’s easy to do at home; and that’s especially true if you own a Keurig machine.

There are a number of methods for how to make iced coffee at home, but this article is going to prove that using your K-cups is actually the easiest way to instantly make iced coffee, without having to wait around for it to chill in the fridge or letting it get watered down as your ice cubes melt away.

Not only does the Keurig make it fast and easy, but the same method applies to all Keurig devices, including:

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Everyone is becoming much more informed about the fact that making coffee with a Keurig machine is the fastest and most convenient way to go.

There’s no more measuring out messy coffee grounds or having to grind with a filter. You just throw a K-cup in the machine, press a button, and you’re ready to go in less than 60 seconds.

If you’re someone that prefers iced coffee then you’re really in luck. You can make iced coffee just as efficiently as you make hot coffee, and we’re going to highlight the best ideas so that you can get it just right.

Let’s look at the three best tips to get you started.  

Tip #1: Using ice cubes​

​One of the biggest secrets to making iced coffee with a Keurig is using ice cubes, of course.

But the thing most people don’t realize is that the ice shouldn’t be used after the coffee has been brewed—it should be used during the process. Before you press the brew button, simply place the cubes in your mug so that the fresh coffee will go right over the ice. This cools the coffee down instantly.

The result? A delicious, creamy texture that will serve as the base for your iced coffee drink.

Tip #2: Choosing the right K-Cup packs​

Many people ask themselves how to make iced coffee using K-cups.

The truth is that you can really use any kind of K-cups to make delicious iced coffee, and that even goes for making iced tea or cocoa. If you want to really spice it up, you can choose a flavored coffee such as vanilla or hazelnut. There are even specialty K-cups that make lattes and mochas, and these are particularly delicious when brewed over ice.

The amazing thing about being able to use any kind of K-cup to make iced coffee is that it really gives you the opportunity to explore and make your own customized drinks. Your best bet is buying a variety pack of K-cups, because that way you can test to see which coffee tastes best over ice.

Tip #3: Adding cream, milk and sugar​

As we said, the great thing about making the perfect iced coffee with your Keurig is that you can make a beverage that is totally customized to suit your tastes. Cream, milk, and sugar always go well with coffee, and when you brew at home, you can decide how sweet or creamy you want your beverage to be.

Also, if you want to add your cream and sugar to the ice before brewing, then your iced coffee will naturally mix and cool itself right before your eyes. If you’re someone who likes a stronger taste, then you’re going to want to add less cream and sugar, and keep your iced coffee as black as possible.

You can even purchase flavor shots to add to your java, such as vanilla and hazelnut. These kinds of coffee enhancers usually come with sugar in them, so you may not need to add any extra, but flavor enhancers are also available in sugar-free form. No matter what you add to your iced coffee, you’re going to see that the options are virtually endless.

​A note about Keurig Kold

Most consumers aren’t aware of the fact that there is actually a cold-brew system that Keurig manufactures, but considering how easy it is to make iced coffee with the regular machine, you may find that you don’t need to make the additional purchase.

Keurig Cold

This is especially true if you live in a household where some people like iced coffee and some people like hot coffee. In this situation, it’s just too expensive for most people to purchase both machines. That being said, lets explore the Kold machine.

The Keurig Kold makes a number of different cold beverages right at home, such as various brandname colas, seltzers, iced teas, flavored waters, sports drinks and even cocktail mixers. You still choose the pod, pop it into the drink maker, and then press the Kold button.

The thing that most people don’t realize is that this device really isn’t for making iced coffee. The Kold machine is more so a device that is comparable to a home soda maker, like the Soda Stream. It's meant to replace the need to use a CO2 canister, syrup bottles, etc. So if you think that buying this machine is good for making iced coffee, then you’re mistaken.​

Regular K-Cups vs. iced K-Cups

There’s some confusion out there about whether or not you need to purchase K cups that are specifically for iced coffee in order to make iced coffee. The answer is no, because the process is exactly the same.

When you purchase iced coffee K cups, they’re really only different because many of them are flavored, sweetened, or contain cream. But you’re still going to brew these K cups in the exact same way that you do with regular hot coffee K cups. That means that you can buy those cups if you want an instantly flavored iced coffee, but if you’d like to customize your drink more, then buy regular K cups and add whatever you please.

The importance of experimentation

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​In this guide to how to make an absolutely perfect iced coffee using a Keurig, we highlighted the various misconceptions about making iced coffee using K cups and what steps you need to take to make the perfect beverage to suit your tastes.

What it really all comes down to is experimentation.

Because there is so much variety available to you when you brew iced coffee with a Keurig, then it’s best for you to explore on your own, so that you can create the perfect drink that’s just right for you.

When it comes to using a Keurig for iced coffee, let your tastebuds be your guide.

About the Author

It was 3 a.m. at a roadside diner when Jack Riordan took his first sip of coffee, a bottom-of-the-carafe brew he swigged black, without sugar. At the time, he was a junior in high school trying to impress a college girl. He has long forgotten the girl, but not the coffee. He currently lives in Seattle where the rain always smells like roasted beans.

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