Japanese Style Iced Coffee Recipe

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If you’re a cold brew fan, then the Japanese-style iced coffee is what you were looking for. Think of the most aromatic, refreshing, but still robust cup of coffee — the best part? It’s ready in minutes!

But let’s start from the beginning. Cold brew is a lovely style of coffee made by steeping coffee beans in water for a day or so, and the result is a neat cup of Joe with the fruitiest scents. 

People started talking about a different type of cold coffee back in 2012, the Japanese cold coffee. Experts assured the style gave the cold brew a run for its money. Well they were right.

What is a Japanese Style Iced Coffee?

This coffee has the fruitiness and intensity of a pour-over, for which you pour hot water over ground coffee beans on a filter and let it drip into a vase below. 

What’s interesting here is that the coffee drips over a cup of ice cubes. The ice dilutes the coffee, fixes its aromatics and cools it instantly — the result is fantastic! Somewhere between a robust iced coffee and cold brew. Besides, watching steaming coffee dripping over ice is immensely satisfying!

How to Enjoy Japanese Ice Coffee?

Okay, you’ve got yourself a glass of ice-cold coffee, now what? Well, now you treat it like any other nice iced coffee, add a splash of cream and sweeten it to taste with sugar or your favorite sweetener. 

And since this is a Japanese specialty, you might want to pair it with some fluffy mochi rice cakes — they’re heavenly! 

For a refreshing cup of coffee with the best of both worlds, freshly brewed and cold brew, there’s nothing better than the Japanese-style iced coffee. Make your own, and you’ll never go back to regular coffee; that’s guaranteed.

How to Make It

  • Prep Time13 min
  • Total Time13 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy0 cal

Ingredients

  • 60 grams of coffee
  • 1 cup fresh ice cubes
  • 1 cup of water

Directions

1

Boil the water. While it boils, grind the coffee beans.

2

Place the ice cubes into a Chemex coffee pot or pour-over.

3

If using a paper filter, rinse it with hot water (not the one you’re using for the coffee). If using a metallic filter, just set it in place.

4

Place the ground coffee in the filter and pour the hot water slowly in circular motions letting the coffee bloom (it should take around 3 minutes).

5

The hot coffee will melt the ice as it drips. You can swirl the vase to make sure it’s all melted.

6

Sweeten to taste, add milk or cream if desired, pour and enjoy!

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories0
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Sodium1 mg2300 mg0.04%
  • Calcium1 mg1300 mg0.08%
  • Potassium15 mg4700 mg0.32%

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