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How to Make Iced Coffee


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is a So-Cal company to the core. We know that “spring,” “summer,” and “fall” are all code words for “wow, it’s hot.” When the temperature outside is getting warmer you shouldn’t have to forgo your sacred morning cup of coffee — that’s why the coffee gods invented iced coffee.

You can order our specialty brewed iced coffee to enjoy before you tackle the day’s responsibilities or whenever you need it. Or if you prefer to add iced coffee to the list of culinary recipes you've mastered, we're here for it. Ready to learn how to make iced coffee at home? You’ve come to the right blog.


Cold Brew Vs. Iced Coffee


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® was one of the first coffee chains to serve cold brew coffee in our stores every day — so we can help shine a light on the difference between iced coffee and cold brew. The fundamental difference is simple: cold brew is brewed cold for about 20 hours, while iced coffee is brewed hot and then chilled in the fridge. The brewing methods create unique taste profiles for both coffee variations.


What You’ll Need

Alright, back to iced coffee. All you need for a sweet, refreshing cup of iced coffee is:

  • Brewed coffee

  • Ice or coffee ice cubes

  • Flavored powder

  • Milk of your choosing

  • Tall glass

  • Stirring spoon


Iced Coffee Recipe


  • First, brew your coffee. If making a traditional cup of drip coffee brew at 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and then allow your coffee to completely cool and reach room temperature. You can also try iced coffee with a bold cup of French Press coffee.


  • Add a tablespoon of flavored powder for an indulgent treat. With iced coffee, we recommend French Deluxe™ Vanilla Powder or Hazelnut Powder, but you can be bold and try any of our irresistible powders. Note: If you're craving powder in your iced coffee, we recommend adding flavor while the coffee is still warm, so it mixes better. 


  • Fill a tall glass to the brim with ice or with coffee ice cubes (Yes! You can make coffee ice cubes!). Pour your chilled coffee into the glass.


  • Finally, add your half and half or milk of choice. Oat milk is a great milk alternative as it's creamy texture makes for a great addition to iced coffee.

  • Stir everything together and enjoy immediately!


Using Coffee Ice Cubes


When you serve an iced coffee the plentiful ice cubes will rapidly start to melt, especially on those warmer days. Many drinkers prefer their iced coffee watered down with ice, while java addicts may want the coffee taste to remain strong even half an hour after pouring.

Coffee ice cubes keep your favorite twist on iced coffee rich and full-bodied until you’ve downed every drop. Learn how to easily make coffee ice cubes and add them to your coffee beverages.


Brew your own robust coffee made from the top 1% of Arabica beans in the world to ensure your daily dose of iced coffee contains the rich, layered flavor you depend on. The best coffee available online is right here at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.