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How to Make Iced Pour Over Coffee

A coffee lover holding an iced filter coffee that they made using our guide on how to make iced filter coffee.

Iced pour over coffee: what it is and why we love it

There is nothing we crave more on a hot summer’s day than an iced filter coffee! The technique we use at Market Lane Coffee is known as ‘Japanese-style iced pour over’. It’s made by brewing a strong pour over coffee directly onto ice. Brewing hot coffee straight onto ice means that the brew is cooled and diluted at the same time. This produces a delicious, cold filter coffee. We prefer this method over ‘cold brew’, as it retains more of the coffee’s acidity and sweetness.

What you'll need

– Market Lane pour over cone
– Pour over filter papers
– Ice
– Kettle, scales and timer
– A jug to brew into

      Recipe

      Makes 2 servings
      – 30g coffee (roasted for filter)
      – 200g ice cubes, and extra for serving
      – 300g water
      – Total brew time: 4 minutes
      – Grind size: A little finer than your usual pour over setting

        Steps

        1. Start with at least 500g of fresh water and bring to the boil. While waiting for the water to boil, weigh and grind your coffee. 

        2. Fold the filter paper along each seam, open and place in the cone. Pour some boiled water through to rinse the paper and warm the cone, and let it drain in the sink.

        3. Place the ice in your serving jug. Put the paper-lined filter cone on the jug, and put your ground coffee into the cone. Then pop the entire set-up on the scales and tare to zero.

        4. Start your timer and pour just enough water to cover all the coffee, then leave the fresh coffee to ‘bloom’ for about 30 seconds. You can bloom with about twice the weight of the coffee, so in this case, about 60-80g of water. This bloom period helps the coffee to de-gas and rearrange itself into an even bed, allowing for an even extraction.

        5. Continue to slowly add the rest of the boiled water to the coffee, topping up frequently. It should take about 3 minutes to add the entire 300g of boiling water, and about 4 minutes to draw down completely.

        6. Once the water has filtered through the coffee, remove the filter cone and give the coffee brew a good stir. The ice should be almost completely dissolved and the coffee should be cool in temperature.

        7. Serve in a glass filled with ice, and enjoy!

        Cool tips

        This coffee will taste great from the fridge for 1–2 hours after brewing.

        We brew the iced pour over a little stronger than regular pour over because the ice melts and dilutes the brew.

        At Market Lane, we tend to pick bright and fruity coffees for iced pour over, as these retain the most acidity and sweetness when brewed over ice. We find that the low temperature can soften the flavour of coffee, so starting with a punchy coffee is best.

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