How To Improve Your Coffee Ice Cubes

Putting cubes of frozen coffee in your iced coffee -- instead of boring water -- isn't exactly a new coffee "hack", but there are ways to make them a little more interesting.

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Make Better Iced Coffee With Espresso Ice Cubes

Make ice cubes out of espresso to seriously rev up your iced coffee (and your heart rate). Get some espresso, or make your own, and fill an ice tray or two with it. Let the trays freeze overnight, then use them in the morning with a strong pot of your favourite coffee.

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Though some decry coffee cubes as a sinister add-in that "ruins the needed equilibrium of water and coffee for good-tasting cold drinks", a lot of people favour the extra boost the caffeinated ice crystals bring to a beverage.

At their most basic, coffee ice cubes are made by freezing plain ol' coffee in ice cube trays. Then, when they're added to coffee, they dilute your icy beverage with more coffee as they melt, rather than water. It's a pretty simple concept that doesn't need a ton of improvement, but there are ways you can jazz 'em up:

  • Use stronger coffee: Rather than filling your trays with cold drip coffee, try cold brew, espresso or -- if you need that sweet energy-giving molecule more you ever have before -- cold brew concentrate.
  • Sweeten the deal: If you like a more sugary brew, get a little simple syrup or, heck, chocolate syrup in the mix there.
  • Add some creamer: If you're worried about your coffee-to-dairy ratio being thrown off by all that diluted coffee, you can add a splash of cream (or almond milk) to each little cube, ensuring your beverage is good to the last drop.

You could also just drink faster, but it's nice to have options.


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