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Watery iced coffee, be gone.


This fun and very easy coffee trick makes iced coffee so much better.  Because normally, when your ice melts, you’re just left with yucky coffee-flavored water.  But now, when your ice melts, you’re left with more coffee. 

You know the movie Inception?  A dream within a dream?  Well, this is like a coffee within a coffee.  And if you drink enough coffee, you eventually turn into a mug of the liquid gold, so then you’d have a coffee within a coffee within a coffee.  I think.



Anyway – the secret is… coffee cubes.  Make coffee as you normally would and then pour the liquid into an ice cube tray.  Pop it in the freezer.  Put the remaining coffee in a tumbler to chill in the fridge.  The next morning, combine everything with your favorite creamer…

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And there you have it.  Coffee ice cubes with iced coffee.  Truly a dream worth drinking.  Or something.


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Coffee – iced or warm?  Or are you a tea person?  Or just a non-caffeinated person?



  • Ali January 21, 2013, 10:19 am

    Wow…iced coffee! Haha, we curently have a -35F windchill and I just stood outside with my dog for 15 minutes trying to get her to do her business so I could go to work (and can no longer feel my ears, toes, or fingers despite being properly covered, at least the redness is going away…). HOT all the way today! 🙂 Cold in the summer. Tea: hot or cold no matter the season – just depends on my mood!

  • Emily January 21, 2013, 10:25 am

    Now I wish I would have made iced coffee this AM even though it is only 23 degrees in Pittsburgh this am 🙂 The ived varitety goes down a lot quicker when you need it on a Monday!

  • Ali @ Peaches and Football January 21, 2013, 10:26 am

    Hi. I’m Ali and my middle name is Coffee.

    Iced, non-iced, cold, hot, luke-warm, with sugar, with stevia, with cream, with milk, with some amazing syrup or without. I love all things coffee. Not sure why I never thought of coffee ice cubes. I’ve done that for fruit juices like lemonade in the summer but it totally makes sense to do it for iced coffee too. The temps today are a high of TWO degrees – so I might need to wait to try this for a couple more months. Sticking to the hot stuff for now. 🙂

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake January 21, 2013, 10:39 am

    Genius! I LOVE iced coffee. If it’s above 40 degrees, it’s my go-to choice. My husband and I make an extra strong pot, let it cool and stick the carafe directly in the fridge. I might have to add coffee ice cubes to our routine! Although, I usually drink it all before it gets a chance to melt…

  • Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 21, 2013, 10:39 am

    Love this idea! I’ve used frozen coffee cubes for smoothies, but not for iced coffee. I’m trying this as soon as the weather heats up 🙂

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes January 21, 2013, 10:43 am

    I’ll never say no to coffee! During the fall and winter, I stick to normal java, and I switch to iced during the spring and summer. 🙂

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras January 21, 2013, 10:47 am

    I’m a tea gal – and a total tea snob. My roommate used to work at a tea shop, and we have about 40 (seriously) different kinds of of high quality, loose-leaf tea. I’m thinking about getting into coffee though. It always smells so good, and now that I know so much about tea, I kind of want to get into a new beverage hobby.

  • Rebecca January 21, 2013, 10:59 am

    No coffee for me–or tea, for that matter. And it’s not a caffeine thing (even though I don’t drink much pop, either…). I can’t stand the taste of coffee. (Though I’m okay with the smell.) And the tea I’ve tried hasn’t appealed to me, either. I’ll stick to hot chocolate (preferably white!). And I may have to make some later, as today is chilly. It’s currently -8F and feels like -29 according to my computer. Woo, Minnesota!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 21, 2013, 11:01 am

    I like my coffee hot in the winter, but cold otherwise. I’ve been drinking black coffee for the past 2 weeks (for a sugar/dairy free challenge) and I’m dreaming of some kind of super sweet creamer in my coffee! I’m a sucker for seasonal creamer… pumpkin spice in the fall and then peppermint in the winter!

  • Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews January 21, 2013, 11:16 am

    Smart idea! I’m waiting for it to get warm again here in Michigan before I drink iced coffee though…too cold.

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt January 21, 2013, 11:17 am

    My first cup is always hot. In the summer I do iced a lot in the afternoon, but always decaf past 1 p.m!

  • Becky January 21, 2013, 11:20 am

    I’ve been doing this for yeaaaaaars. I love it! It changed my life when I realized this little trick. Lifesaver for sure. And more caffeine the better 😉

  • Abby January 21, 2013, 11:27 am

    Great tip, thank you. I love my coffee, cold, hot, it doesn’t matter! There are days I wonder if I should give it up but with an almost 2 year old and a 4 month old I can’t! It’s my way to get going in the morning!

  • Cindy January 21, 2013, 11:32 am

    I love iced coffee any time of year. I wish it was more readily available in Glasgow. Iced lattes are fine and all, but I really love my iced coffee. I will need to try out the iced coffee cube!

  • Fallon @Watch Her Go January 21, 2013, 11:34 am

    That looks amazing, and if it wasnt -10 in Toronto right now I would be all over that. Your blog is amazing!

  • Cori January 21, 2013, 11:43 am

    I do something similar for white wine! I freeze grapes, so if someone requests white wine and we don’t have a chilled bottle, you can just pop a few frozen grapes in a glass instead of ice. Works like a charm!

  • Samantha Angela January 21, 2013, 12:05 pm

    I don’t mind iced coffee but I prefer it hot.

    I ordered an iced coffee from McDonalds at the airport last weekend and I could not believe the size of a medium. It was ridiculous. I couldn’t even drink half.

  • Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real January 21, 2013, 12:17 pm

    In the morning I crave hot coffee, but last night we were craving cold ice cream drinks and my husband found a recipe that included coffee ice cubes. I told him I would make some this week so we can have frozen coffee drinks over the weekend.
    I will use this tip for my summertime iced coffee though, nothing is as bad as coffee flavored water when the ice melts!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 21, 2013, 12:28 pm

    I’m a hot AND iced coffee person, just depends on my mood (note: not weather) 😉 And while I’ve seen this trick before, I haven’t tried it yet. WHY!?!

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 21, 2013, 1:28 pm

    I love, love, LOVE coffee – hot or iced. I typically prefer hot during the cold months and iced during the warmer months. That being said, iced coffee is not even on my radar at the moment with the frigid temps we’ve been having. 😉 I’ll definitely have to remember this coffee ice cube trick when summer comes!

  • Katherine January 21, 2013, 1:50 pm

    I’m a major hot coffee person in the morning, even in the summer. I’ve been drinking lots of green tea in the afternoon lately -I also have a history of abnormal paps and green tea is supposed to be helpful for that. We’ll see!

  • Jennifer January 21, 2013, 1:56 pm

    If you like iced coffee, you should try The Pioneer Woman’s version. It takes a little work/time but it is soooo worth it. Much better flavor and it keeps in a pitcher in the fridge for a long time.

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker January 21, 2013, 2:10 pm

    I am a tea person…I love chai!

  • Anna January 21, 2013, 2:31 pm

    I used to hate iced coffee but ever since doing this I like it a lot more! Thanks for sharing

  • Angela January 21, 2013, 3:57 pm

    SUCH a great idea. I love iced coffee but have not figured out a way to make it at home…I will have to try this.

  • Emily @ Hungry Delights January 21, 2013, 4:37 pm

    I can’t believe you just compared coffee to inception movie – I laughed maybe a little too much. Lucky I love coffee and your concept of coffee inside a coffee is basically a dream come true. xo Emily

  • Beth (@RunTraveler) January 21, 2013, 4:57 pm

    A friend taught me about coffee ice cubes a couple of years ago. Such a brilliant solution!

  • Jill Will Run January 21, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Non-caffeinated at the moment… I have a nearly 5-month-old and caffeine has not sat well with her. Just at the time when I could use a lot more caffeine in my life too!

  • Susan January 21, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Coffee. Black. Preferably dark French Roast. No creamer, no added flavors. Coffee. Black. Heaven on earth in the morning!

  • Casey January 21, 2013, 7:28 pm

    Love tea, but that iced coffee drink doesn’t look too bad! Might have to try it 🙂 thanks! p.s. congrats on finishing the race!

  • Amber K January 21, 2013, 8:43 pm

    No coffee and no tea. In fact, I don’t like any drinks that are warm. Even soup. Then again I don’t like coffee, tea or soup cold either. Blech.

  • Carly January 21, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Definitely a coffee person and this is such a good idea for iced coffee!! Going to be doing it with part of my pot in the morning!
    Something I thought you might be interested in Caitlin, its a link to a newspaper article from my hometown about the University here. The girls in the bathroom started a confessional wall and were offering each other encouragement through the bathroom stall. It made me smile to see how people were being so positive and nice when lately a lot has been focused on the negative and bullying in our society today 🙂

  • Emily January 22, 2013, 12:30 am

    I drank coffee in the morning when my body was trying to adjust to quick shifts at nursing prac (leave late then start early) it did stimulate me enough because I rarely drink it and it’s just not something I have ever developed a taste for 😛 I tolerate tea but I still prefer juice and less bitter hot drinks.

  • rachel January 22, 2013, 10:40 am

    there was this litle cuban cafe in key west – cuban coffee queen – and just about every day for a week we went there for either breakfast or just coffee – and it was 80 degrees out so it had to be iced coffee for me – and this is how they served theirs…it was wonderful. i still haven’t tried to make mine that way at home 🙁

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd January 22, 2013, 5:30 pm

    I love iced coffee but I feel like I can drink it so much faster than hot coffee and before I know it, it’s gone 🙁 So I stick with hot coffee, which tastes just as good, and I can savor it longer.

    I also love tea. Nothing is better than a hot cup of tea to cure a tummy ache or right before you go to bed 🙂

  • Athena January 22, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Recent new follower and soon-to-be fellow mommy. Congrats on the book! It amazing to see what opportunities can spring from seemingly small acts of kindness.

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