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Coffee Cube Iced Latte

What if I told you that your iced latte can get better as it melts. Impossible? Oh no, it’s possible. This coffee cubed iced latte is just that. A iced latte created from strongly brewed coffee ice cubes topped with hot steamed milk. It has the frothy, creamy consistency that you know and love from a hot latte, but is cool and refreshing, perfect for summer.

Truth be told, I am not a fan of iced coffee beverages. 90% of the time I will order a hot coffee or latte no matter what time of the year it is. What is that rare 10% time that I do order iced? This week when it hit 99° degrees (feels like 105°). Determined to have a creamy frothy latte, while not being completly insane and actually drink a hot drink in this blazing heat i found my solution.

coffee cubes in a glass

Before I break this down, I can already anticipate the questions.

If this is a latte do the ice cubes need to be espresso? No. Do they need to be cold brew? Not necessarily, while cold brew is a great option, strongly brewed coffee works just fine. I used a french press to brew the coffee for these cubes. Not only was I able to control how strong the coffee was but more coffee=more cubes.

What You’ll Need

  • Coffee Beans / Grounds – Please get good beans, it makes a world’s difference. I personally grind my beans at home, however, I understand that not everyone has a grinder. If you can’t grind them at home get good coffee grinds pre-grounded for a french press (course).
  • French Press – As I said above you do not need to make cold brew, really strong coffee will be sufficient here. I used a french press and brewed my coffee for 10 minutes vs the recommended 4.
  • Medium Size Silicone Ice Cube Tray
  • Milk or Milk Alternative – Choose something that will steam and froth so don’t get non-fat, 2%, or a milk alternative that won’t froth. Personally, I like oat milk, but macadamia milk would also be a great non-dairy alternative.
  • Milk Frother – The key here is to have a milk frother that also heats up the milk. The Nespresso milk frother is my favorite and has lasted me 4+ years, but for a more budget-friendly option, you can try Bodum.
  • Simple Syrup * Optional if you like it sweet. See Iced Brown Sugar Latte post for simple simple syrup recipe.
coffee cubes in a glass with hot oat milk being poured over

Repeat after me: I want this coffee to melt

coffee cube iced latte

Coffee Cube Iced Latte

Print Recipe
coffee cubes + hot steamed milk = a creamy, frothy, cold refreshing drink.
Course Drinks
Keyword Coffee
Prep Time 6 hrs
Servings 1 people

Equipment

  • French Press
  • Medium Size Silicone Ice Cube Tray

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Coffee Grinds course grounds
  • 4 cup Water
  • 4 oz Milk or Milk Alternative

Instructions

  • Brew coffee by adding 1/2 cup of coffee grounds to the french press with 4 cups of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and let it cool before adding to ice cube mold and freezing.
  • Once frozen add 4-5 ice cubes to a 16 oz glass.
  • Steam milk and pour over ice cubes and enjoy.

Notes

  • The french press should create approx 18 medium-size ice cubes.
  • Once assembled this drink will be warm for about a minute before the ice cubes cool it completely. 

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