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How To Make French Press Iced Coffee

How To Make French Press Iced Coffee

How to Make Iced Coffee With A French Press

It’s spring time now, with summer just around the corner.  As the seasons change a cool refreshing iced coffee drinks sound a whole lot better than hot lattes or a fresh pour over.  Iced coffee is my perfect caffeinated warm weather fix .

Here’s how to make iced coffee with a french press quickly and easily.  This is just a black iced coffee, and of course you can add what ever you’d like to it to flavor it, or make it creamy, but I will cover those in a later post.

Time: 8 min.

– What You’ll Need –

Making iced coffee from french press

You won’t need much for this one, just:

  • Coffee coarse ground
  • French press
  • Metal steam pitcher or similar

– Step One –

How to make iced coffeeFrench Press

First things first, this is based off of a standard french press, so read my post on how to make french press if you need to learn how to make coffee with a french press.

You might want to brew your french press a little stronger than usual since it will get a become watered down later when we pour it over ice.

– Step Two –

How to make iced coffeeIce your pitcher

Grab out a metal steam pitcher, or something similar.  Be careful, you don’t want to use anything that is fragile, or might shatter since we are going to be pouring steaming hot liquid into a frozen container.

The idea here is that the frozen pitcher will cool the coffee from the french press quickly and without having to water the coffee down by using a lot of ice, or waiting for it to cool in the fridge for a long time.  But, you can stick one or two ice cubs into the bottom of the pitcher to help things cool down a little quicker.

– Step Three –

making french pressLet it cool

At this point I will usually stick the steam pitcher into the freezer to help it finish cooling all the way.  The iced coffee will fully cool in around five minutes.

Don’t forget it!  I have.  I had one giant coffee ice cube the next day, it was very sad.

– Step Four –

Drink up

That’s it, you’re all done.  Just pour the cooled french press iced coffee over some ice to get it nice and frosty, and you’ve got one nice cool glass of coffee to keep you wired and refreshed on a warm sunny day.

Iced coffee

Let me know how this works for you, or if you’ve got your own favorite alternative to making a french press iced coffee in the comments.

How To Make French Press Iced Coffee

How To Make Iced Coffee

How to make iced coffee quickly and easily at home.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • Freshly Brewed French Press Coffee
  • Ice Cubes


  • French Press
  • Steam Pitcher
  • A Glass


  1. Making iced coffee from french pressBrew French press coffee.
  2. How to make iced coffeePlace steam pitcher in freezer. Remove steam pitcher from freezer and add a couple of ice cubes.
  3. How to make iced coffeePour freshly brewed coffee into the steam pitcher.
  4. making french pressPut steam pitcher back in the freezer for 5 minutes to fully cool coffee.
  5. Iced coffeeFill glass about a quarter of the with ice and top with cooled coffee. Enjoy!

JM Long

Sunday 30th of April 2017

I know this was written a long time ago, but I wanted to add that you could make either coffee or milk ice cubes and use them instead of regular ice. This would eliminate the watering down issue. I suppose you could even add some spices or flavors to the ice cubes as well (vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, sugar, etc.). I'm thirsty now.


Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Oh man! That is an incredible suggestion, thank you for taking the time to comment :)

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