How to make iced coffee perfectly

How to make iced coffee perfectly

My mom made sun tea when I was little. She would fill up the same clear plastic pitcher with Lipton tea bags and water and set it out in the sun to steep. I’d go out there and marvel at the process. As an experiment, I filled cans with water and macaroni noodles and set them next to her sun tea to “cook.” Never worked, no matter how long I left them out there.

Fast forward a few years, and my mom let up on her soda-once-a-week rule. I started guzzling Dr. Pepper like she guzzled unsweetened iced tea, and I squealed every time I grabbed the wrong cup from the cup holder. Yuck!

How to make iced coffee perfectly

Nowadays, I’ve given up the soda in favor of good clean water. I’ve always wanted to understand my mom’s iced tea thing, and I’ve finally found a way to really, truly enjoy it—cold brew!

The cold brew method reminds me of sun tea, since you’re just steeping tea in water for hours, but cold brew takes place in the refrigerator instead of the back porch.

Heat brings out the tannic, bitter flavors in tea. In the absence of heat, you’re left with perfectly refreshing, super smooth tea for slow summer sipping. It isn’t bitter in the slightest. The same is true for coffee, which is why I love cold brew coffee so much.

How to make iced coffee perfectly

How to Make Cold Brew Iced Tea

The method itself is incredibly simple. Just combine loose-leaf tea or whole tea bags and water in a pitcher and let the tea infuse the water for 6 to 12 hours in the refrigerator (see instructions below for specifics). Strain, and you have cold-brew tea that will taste great for days!

Bon Appetit suggested that they have best results with loose-leaf tea, so I used loose-leaf here, but I’ve since been making lazy cold-brew tea by soaking whole bags in water, which tastes almost as good and is much easier to make.

Another option? Steep your loose-leaf tea in a clean French press—just press down the filter to remove those loose tea leaves and pour!

  • How to make iced coffee perfectlyAuthor: Melissa Collins
  • Updated: October 14, 2021

There are hundreds of iced tea variations, but whether you prefer to cool off with a creamy, fruity, or zesty chilled beverage, this article will definitely satisfy.

Check out our top four ways to make homemade iced tea with tea bags , and feel the heatwave disappear with each sip.

Once you learn how simple iced-tea making is, you will never buy the store-bought kind ever again!

Four Different Ways to Make Iced Tea with Tea Bags

Black Iced Tea

Black iced tea is what we consider to be a standard iced tea, as black tea is the usual base for the iced kind. You can use any brand of black iced tea you want, but I really suggest you go with a good-quality one, as the difference in taste can be tremendous.

  • 4 cups of Water
  • 4 Bags of Black Tea
  • Sugar to taste, optional

And this is how you can make a standard iced-tea:

  1. Start by adding two cups of water to a pot or saucepan. Place over medium heat, and bring the water to a boil. The water temperature should be around 200 to 212 degrees F. You can also use a kettle for this purpose, although if using sugar, I’d suggest you stick to the saucepan method.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the sugar inside. For this amount, I use about 1/3 cup of sugar or so, but this really depends on how sweet you’d like your iced tea to be. Stir with a long spoon until dissolved.
  3. Immediately after the sugar has been dissolved, add the tea bags. Close the pot and allow to steep for about 5 minutes, making sure to follow the steeping instructions on the bag.
  4. After steeping the tea, discard the tea bags, and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before transferring to your pitcher. Let sit until it comes to room temperature, then add the remaining two cups of water. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve over ice and favorite add-ons. Enjoy!

Fruit-Infused Iced Tea

You can make a fruity iced tea with fresh fruit or fruit syrup .

  1. Start by preparing your standard iced tea, as described in the steps above. But this time, instead of waiting for the tea to come to room temperature and then diluting it with 2 cups of water, just add 2 cups of ice after the tea has been sitting for 10 minutes right after steeping.
  2. Add about 1 cup of fresh fruit slices and some honey, or just use the desired amount of fruit syrup. You can also choose to puree the fruit in a blender beforehand so that you end up with a creamy iced tea.
  3. Served in tall glasses filled with ice, and enjoy!

Vanilla Iced Tea

If you are into creamy beverages, you will definitely fall in love with this iced tea. The robust and somewhat bitter flavor of the black tea pairs perfectly with the subtle vanilla notes, resulting in a smooth and pleasing taste.

You can do this by using vanilla black tea bags or simply by adding vanilla extract to your regular tea. Let’s say go with the latter option:

  1. Brew 4 cups of black tea , as you would typically do.
  2. Discard the tea bags, and add the desired amount of vanilla extract to the pot. For 4 cups, I usually use about 1 teaspoon of extract. Let the tea sit for about 2 hours.
  3. Add about 2 tablespoons of milk to the tea, and pour over ice-filled glasses.
  4. Top the tea with a dollop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate indulgence. Enjoy!

Green Iced Tea

Instead of black tea, you can also use green tea to make iced tea. The taste will not be as earthy and robust, but there are a lot of reasons to go with green tea, as well. For starters, it is jam-packed with antioxidants and has incredible cleansing properties, which makes it the perfect beverage when you need to flush some toxins.

The method is the same as with the black iced tea:

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add 4 bags of green tea bags to the water, cover the pan, and let steep for about 5 minutes.
  3. Discard the bags, sweeten the tea at this point if desired, and allow the tea to sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Then, add 2 cups of cold water, stir to combine, and serve over ice. Enjoy!

10 Delicious Iced Tea Add-Ons

Honey – Instead of grainy sugar, choose a smooth and natural sweetener like honey

Simple Syrup – If you don’t want the sugar to sink at the bottom of the glass, use simple syrup instead

Lemon – Squeezing some lemon juice over or adding fresh lemon slices can add a refreshing kick to your tea

Lemonade – Also known as half-and-half or Arnold Palmer, lemonade and iced tea match perfectly

Berries – A colorful and tasty fruity taste boost

Herbs – Want to up the freshness? Just add a few mint leaves, some lavender, or rosemary sprigs to your tea

Frozen Fruit – Extra chilly and extra fruity, frozen chunks of fruit such as mango, melon, pineapple, peaches can really transform the taste

Extracts – Vanilla is not the only extract for tea. You can also choose rum, almond, coconut, or even a fruity flavor

Coconut Milk – Nutty, creamy, and naturally sweet, coconut milk is an excellent addition to any kind of tea

Spirits – Yup! Add some booze to the mix and make it a real party, people. Gin, rum, and bourbon are some great boozy add-ons

Why Should I Use Tea Bags?

Let’s be honest, loose leaf tea is better. Brewing whole leaves instead of crushed ones brings a lot more benefits, but we’re not making a herbal tea , guys. Isn’t it enough already that we need to wait for our brewed tea to cool a bit to make it iced? We don’t need to spend any more time straining and dealing with all the fuss. We need a chilly drink quick and fast. Tea bags are much more practical for iced tea, especially if you’re steeping for a crowd.


And there you go! A refreshing, tasty, and satisfying iced tea, prepared in no time but with heaps of love. Which one of the four methods is your favorite? We would love to hear all about your iced-tea adventures. Let’s stay in touch!

How to make iced coffee perfectly

Did you know there is a new coffee recipe going viral on TikTok? It’s called Proffee. This coffee recipe uses protein, so you can get that protein in with your favorite cup of coffee in the morning or when you’re done with your workout.

This article will tell you all about Proffee and how to make this protein coffee at home. It’s a super easy recipe you can make in just a few minutes.

It is best used when you’ve just gotten home from that morning workout or when you are just starting your day.

Are you ready to learn all about this protein coffee? Then grab yourself a nice cup of coffee and start reading away!

What is Proffee?

Proffee is a coffee recipe made by combining coffee and a protein shake. Proffee is usually made by adding ice cubes and a few espresso shots to a cup and mixing a protein shake through it. Sweeteners are optional in this recipe.

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TikTok made this Proffee craze possible, with hundreds of people sharing their protein coffee.

This protein coffee is made by using espresso shots. Most of the time, one or two shots are added to a protein shake with some ice in it and flavorful coffee syrup.

Ingredients needed to make Proffee

Would you like to give this protein coffee a try yourself? Then you are in the right place. For this recipe, you are going to need to gather a few things to get started:

  • Protein powder or Protein shake
  • Favorite coffee
  • Big cup to mix the coffee
  • Ice cubes
  • Coffee syrup (optional)

Let’s dive a bit deeper into the ingredients, as you can make this protein coffee a few different ways, using other ingredients.

Best protein to use

Usually, a protein shake is used to make this recipe. Because this protein shake is ready to drink, this is the protein that is most commonly used.

You can also use a protein powder to make this protein coffee. The protein coffee will need to be mixed with some water to make it drinkable, but it will result in the same amazing coffee.

For this recipe, I’ll be using whey protein with vanilla flavor. But you can use any flavored or non-flavored protein you have at home. If you are using non-flavored protein, you might want to add some kind of sweetener to your coffee drink.

If you’re still looking for a good vegan protein with vanilla flavor, you can check it out here. It works perfectly for this recipe instead of using whey protein.

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You can opt to use a flavorful coffee syrup, to spice things up. You can choose all kinds of flavors. This way, you can make a different flavored Proffee each day.

The best way to make this recipe is by combining all the ingredients into a big cup, stir or shake it all up and drink it on your way to the gym.

But you can also make this recipe when you’ve just gotten home from a workout. You can then use a large cup you have at home to make this recipe, just like I’ll be using for this recipe.

Best coffee to make Proffee with

Coffee is the base for this protein coffee and is an essential part of making a delicious coffee drink. You can choose to make this recipe using quite a few different ways of coffee. You can make this recipe by using:

  • One or two shots of espresso
  • Cold brew coffee
  • French press coffee
  • Pour over coffee

Most commonly used are the espresso shots, which you can easily order at Starbucks and ask for them to add ice to the shots of espresso. This way, you can add your protein shake, and you’re ready to drink your Proffee.

How to make iced coffee perfectly

If you want to brew some coffee at home, you may want to brew some espressos using the AeroPress or Moka pot. You can also brew a good cup of coffee using the French press or a coffee using the Chemex or Hario V60.

Cold brew coffee is also great to make this recipe. The cold brew coffee contains a lot of caffeine, which will help you perform in the gym and get you energized to give it your best.

For this recipe, I brewed two espressos using the AeroPress and made the protein shake. But more on this a bit further down. Let me tell you a bit about the equipment used to make this recipe yourself:

Equipment list to make Proffee at home

You can make this recipe by using different types of equipment. If you’re going to be using a ready-to-drink protein shake, you can mix this with the coffee of your choice and add some ice cubes to make it more refreshing.

In the recipe down below, I’ll show you how to make the protein coffee using protein powder and combining this with coffee and ice cubes. To follow the recipe, you want to collect the following items:

  • Whisk and bowl or shaker for the protein drink
  • Coffee brewer to brew your favorite coffee for this recipe
  • Big cup (or glass) to put the drink in

As you can see from the equipment mentioned above, this recipe is super easy to make in no-time, making this protein coffee so great to make after a workout.

I’ll be using a whisk and bowl to make my vanilla protein drink. This will result in the same base for this recipe, like using a ready-to-drink protein shake. And I’ll also be brewing my own coffee. Let’s get into the recipe:

Each bite of pumpkin coffee cake with crumb topping is moist and flavorful thanks to power ingredients like pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup, and seasonal spices like ground nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Piled high with brown sugar cinnamon crumble topping and drizzled with easy vanilla icing, this spiced breakfast cake certainly hits the spot during the fall season.

One reader, Jamie, says: “This recipe turned out exceptionally. I baked it for about 35 minutes. The crumb topping is not as floury as coffee cakes but blends into the cake beautifully. The vanilla glaze took it over the edge. One of the best recipes I have made in some time. I used 1/2 dark and 1/2 light brown sugar and enjoyed the result. Thank you!”

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Perfectly acceptable for breakfast, snack, or dessert, today’s pumpkin coffee cake is a must make this season. Heavy on the crumb topping, this is a fall version of my New York-style crumb cake and tastes just like my pumpkin crumb cake muffins but in cake form. It’s bursting with pumpkin flavor and will have you racing to the kitchen table any morning of the week!

And if you’re looking for dessert, this pumpkin crumb cake is perfectly acceptable or you may love my regular pumpkin cake instead.

This Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake Is:

  • Simple and quick to prepare
  • Ultra soft and moist
  • Incredibly pumpkin-y
  • A perfect fall breakfast indulgence
  • Wonderfully spiced with cozy fall flavors
  • Piled high with crumb topping
  • Garnished with a sweet vanilla icing

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Video Tutorial

3 Parts to My Best Pumpkin Coffee Crumb Cake

  1. Pumpkin Coffee Cake: There’s incredible flavor in each soft, moist bite of the pumpkin cake layer.
  2. Crumb Topping: Top today’s coffee cake with a thick layer of cinnamon-spiced crumbs.
  3. Vanilla Icing: It’s not coffee cake without a drizzle of icing. For something different, you may love this pumpkin crumb cake paired with the same brown sugar icing we use on pumpkin donuts.

Overview: How to Make Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

This recipe is made completely from scratch with no boxed cake mix in sight. Made with pantry basics, the cake comes together in minutes without a mixer. Ingredients like oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, and pumpkin puree make this the moistest coffee cake you’ll ever taste. (Careful not to over-bake it!) Pumpkin takes the place of egg and helps bind everything together, so this is an entirely egg free recipe. (This cake is vegan-friendly as well– use dairy free milk in the cake and dairy free butter in the crumb topping.)

Make sure you’re using real pumpkin puree (I like canned puree), not pumpkin pie filling. We’ll use a little brown sugar and maple syrup to sweeten– not too much of either though. The crumb topping and glaze sweeten the cake, so there is no need for more sugar in the cake itself. You’ll love how the sweet maple flavor pairs with real pumpkin and warm spices!

Be prepared, this is a super, super thick batter. Why? We’re using lots of heavy, wet ingredients to yield a moist and satisfying cake.

How to make iced coffee perfectly

How to make iced coffee perfectly

How to make iced coffee perfectly

Crumb Topping

We can all agree that the crumbs are the best part of any coffee cake, so we’re going heavy on the crumb topping today. (For more recipes loaded with crumbs, try apple crumb cake, zucchini crumb cake, pumpkin french toast casserole, and apple cinnamon muffins.) Today’s crumb topping is cinnamon-spiced– you need flour, brown sugar, salt, ground cinnamon, and cold butter. Cut the cold butter in with a fork or pastry cutter until it begins to clump together and form crumbs. Pour that glorious crumb streusel on top of the batter and gently press it down into the cake before baking. So easy!

How to make iced coffee perfectly

Vanilla Icing

While the cake bakes, make the icing. If I have it on hand during the fall season, I like to use pumpkin spice coffee creamer instead of milk. If you have any leftover pumpkin puree, you can even make and use homemade pumpkin coffee creamer in the icing. Milk works just as well, though. Mix the coffee creamer or milk with a little confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract, and then pour the glaze on top of the warm coffee cake. Instead of vanilla icing, try a drizzle of salted caramel or dollop of homemade whipped cream.

How to make iced coffee perfectly

Spice up your daily cup. A bit of cinnamon and nutmeg (and a pinch of cayenne) give your coffee some bite. Cocoa and sugar add a note of sultry sweetness. And warm milk smoothes it all out for a perfectly flavorful cup.


How to make iced coffee perfectly

How to Make Mexican Coffee

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Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cayenne together in a large mug.

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Pour in the coffee.

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Pour in the warm milk or half and half.

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Top with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.


Mexican Coffee

Sip, savor and enjoy.

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House Blend

Aroma, body and flavor all in balance. House Blend is a medium roast with notes of cocoa and toffee.

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Breakfast Blend

Notes of sweet orange and brown sugar mingle in our lightest medium roast coffee.

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Starbucks ® Veranda Blend ®

Our lightest roasted coffee with notes of toasted malt and baking chocolate.

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When you want Starbucks, you want Starbucks. Day after day, we find ourselves wandering into that comforting, good-smelling foyer, leaving with a drink in our hand and a smile on our face. Sure, we may have spent $7 on a latte, but that’s a problem to tackle for another day. But other days, you can’t get to that beloved mermaid logo: Maybe you overslept, maybe you don’t want to play drive-thru roulette and risk sitting in a long line, or maybe you just can’t afford it. So, if you’re like me and currently facing one of those three options, nothing sounds better than being able to create one of the world’s most exquisite creations from the comfort of your kitchen.

They say the world is your oyster, but in this case, the world is your coffee pot, your choice of milk alternative, some pumpkin spice seasoning (despite the fact it’s not in season), and your handful of perfectly cubed ice. Ahead, I’ve listed nine of my favorite Starbucks copycat recipes, green straw not included. Get ready to sip back and enjoy, my little barista!

Iced Starbucks Caramel Macchiato


14 oz. of your choice of milk or milk alternative

2 tbsp vanilla syrup

Caramel sauce to drizzle as you please


While your espresso is being made, start to warm up the milk. Froth the milk using milk frother. If you don’t have milk frother, you can use a regular whisk by whisking the milk until foam forms.

When it’s ready, pour the espresso into a measuring cup. Add vanilla and your milk/milk alternative to the cup. Then, pour the espresso on top of the frothy milk.Make two caramel drizzle circles around the edges of the cup and a grate pattern in the middle. Pour the ingredients from your measuring cup into your cup.

Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino


1 cup milk or your choice of milk alternative

2 tablespoons of sugar

1/3 cup of chocolate chips

3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup

1/8 teaspoon of vanilla


Blend all of the ingredients.

Pumpkin Spice Latte


1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar

2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup of brewed coffee

1/2 cups of milk or your choice of milk alternative


Add all of your ingredients in a saucepan and stir. Bring the ingredients to a simmer. Take the saucepan off the heat to pour the mixture into a mug of your choice and add whipped cream and a sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon on top.

Pink Drink


3 acai berry tea bags

1 cup of boiling water

3/4 cups of white grape juice

1/4 cups of sweetened coconut milk

1 teaspoon of simple syrup

1/2 cup Freeze-dried strawberries


Steep the tea in the boiling water, make sure to remove the bags after 5 minutes, and allow to cool.

Once cooled, combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Crush the strawberries when you add them to the shaker because the powder helps add more strawberry flavor! Pour the drink into a large glass to enjoy.

Green Tea Frappuccino


1 cup full fat milk or milk alternative of your choice

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 tablespoons of powdered sugar

1 ½ tablespoon premium Japanese matcha-green tea powder


Blend all ingredients in a blender and until smooth, creamy and that gorgeous green color.

Passion Fruit Tea Lemonade


2 Tazo passion tea bags

4 cups of water

4 cups of lemonade


Bring 4 cups of water to a boil to pour the hot water over the tea bags in a large pitcher. Steep the tea for around 5-10 minutes and then remove the tea bags. Fill the remainder of the pitcher with lemonade. Store in fridge till cool.Recipe from Copykat Recipes.

Iced Chai Tea Latte


2 chai tea bags

1 1/2 cups of milk or milk alternative of your choice

2 tablespoons of honey

Cinnamon and nutmeg to garnish


In a small saucepan, bring your water to a boil and add in the tea bags to seep for 7-10 minutes. Then add in the milk and honey, reducing the heat to medium and warming the milk. Using a frother, blend until frothy. Transfer your mixture to the cups of your choice and serve topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg on top.

Purple Drink


5 oz. Iced Passion Tea

2 oz. Vanilla Soy Milk

1 oz. Simple Syrup


To make the passion tea:

Bring 32 oz. of water to a boil. Put the Iced Passion Tea bag in a 64 oz. pitcher and fill with boiling water. Let steep for about 5-7 minutes and remove the tea bag. Fill remaining 32 oz. with cold water to sit in the refrigerator overnight.

To make the simple syrup:

Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and add in 1/2 cup of sugar to stir until dissolved. Remove from heat to let it cool.

To make the drink:

Add ice to a cup and top with blackberries. Then pour in the passion tea, vanilla soy milk and simple syrup.

Iced Vanilla Latte


2 cups of cold strongly brewed coffee

1/2 cup of milk or milk alternative

2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup


Fill two glasses with ice. Mix together your coffee, milk, and vanilla syrup before pouring over the ice.

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We’re glad you asked. You can improve the quality of your espresso by practicing your technique with the following guidelines in mind. The most important elements in espresso preparation are the grind, dose, leveling, distribution, and tamping. Perfecting how you do these will allow you to make great coffee every time.

Starting Points

Note: Espresso standards are fairly undefined. A quick Google search will reveal hundreds of variations. Below is Clive’s recommendation to ensure that you are as successful as possible, as quickly as possible. We find it is best to follow these instructions first before experimenting.

  • For a triple basket: for 20 grams of ground beans in, you want to get about 30 grams of liquid espresso out. If you do not have a scale to weigh your input and output, it translates into 1.5 oz of liquid, including the crema.
  • For a double basket: for 18 grams of ground beans in, you want to get about 27 grams of liquid espresso out. If you do not have a scale to weigh your input and output, it translates into 1 oz of liquid, including the crema.
  • The best shots of espresso are pulled in a range within 25-30 seconds from when then pump starts, with espresso dropping from the portafilter after 5-7 seconds.
  • Grind your coffee fresh and be as efficient as possible. Don’t let ground coffee sit in the portafilter, and don’t let the portafilter sit in the group head loaded with espresso grounds before brewing. Coffee stales very quickly once it’s ground.
  • Pre-heat your shot glasses, demitasse or mug with hot water before you begin grinding the coffee and preparing the shot.

The Grind

The basic premise of dialing in your grinder is to ensure that your 1:1.5 brew ratio occurs within 25-30 seconds after your pump starts. While we do offer a unique grinder dial-in service so that your machine is ready out of the box, this is still a vitally important skill for any home barista. Start with a fine grind – coarser than flour, finer than table salt. Follow the instructions below and we will circle back to dialing in your grinder.

Clive recommends a dose of 18 grams of coffee when using a double basket (typically found in a double spouted portafilter – if you’re confused by all this “double” nonsense, let us help you out). Dose 20 grams of coffee if using a bottomless portafilter and triple basket. A mound of ground coffee in the center that sticks up above the rim about a half-inch will be roughly 18-20 grams, a good starting point.

Level And Distribute

The reason we level the coffee bed is to ensure that the water does not flow out faster in any area. This is called channeling and can lead to an under-extracted shot of espresso. We recommend g ently tapping the side of the portafilter with your hand to more evenly distribute the grounds. You can also settle the grounds by tapping the portafilter on a tamping mat . Having a grippy surface is also helpful for stable tamping.

Grip the tamper handle as though you were grasping a doorknob. Keep the tamp surface in line with your wrist and elbow and tamp straight down, leaning your weight into it comfortably. The amount of pressure is not nearly as important as your consistency and ability to keep the tamp perfectly level so water doesn’t find weak spots.

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Clear any ground coffee from the rim of the portafilter. If your machine doesn’t have an integrated shot timer, now is the time to set your phone to timer function. Flush water through the group head for 2-3 seconds prior to inserting the portafilter. Engage the portafilter in the group head and immediately start brewing. Once you hear the pump, start the timer. Stop your shot when you have extracted 30g of liquid espresso (or about 1.5oz, including the crema).

Dialing in your shots and grinder

Don’t panic. There is a 0% chance this is perfect the first time.

30g of liquid came out before 25 seconds (Too fast) Make the grind finer
30g took more than 30 seconds (Too slow) Make the grind coarser
Espresso pulls in target times but tastes harsh Make the grind coarser and increase the dose

Dialing in gets substantially easier with a scale. Weighing the input and the output will get you to a great shot way faster than judging liquid volume because the crema will change with different roast types and depends on the freshness of your beans. If you don’t have one, we have some terrific options. Anything is better than nothing.

Nailing the perfect recipe for any given coffee can take time and a lot of practice. We always recommend asking your local barista or roaster what recipe they use to pull shots with a coffee. Even more so we recommend experimenting. Try pulling a shot at 40 seconds, maybe one at 20. There are only guidelines in coffee, no hard and fast rules, so you’ll often find that your favorite shot exists outside the bounds of the industry standard. What matters most is taste. You can always check out this guide on troubleshooting your coffee tasting issues. All of these procedures and measurements are simply in the service of great tasting espresso so, more than anything, trust your palate.

For a deeper dive into espresso theory and training, check out Intro to Espresso now available through Coffee School.

Now that you’ve nailed espresso, want to learn how to make perfect steamed milk? Check out our guide and video!

Whether the bride-to-be loves coffee and wants a coffee-themed bridal shower or you want to incorporate a perfectly-styled coffee bar into your event, check out how to set up a bridal shower coffee bar with these tips and tricks.

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How to make iced coffee perfectly

There’s one thing that’s a staple at many parties and events, and that’s coffee. Who doesn’t love a delicious cup of coffee after dinner with dessert? I’m sure you’ve seen the popularity of at-home coffee stations, and personally, I love the idea! I love the idea even more for a bridal shower. Whether you’re hosting a bridal shower at home or at a venue, you can incorporate a themed coffee bar, complete with a variety of delicious desserts. Guests will absolutely love it. No need for a barista at your coffee bar! Make the coffee bar a self-serve station with the Keurig® K250 Coffee Maker . Guests can whip up their favorite coffee beverages with a touch of a button. You will love the ease and convenience of the K250 coffee maker at your bridal shower.

The K250 coffee maker also comes in a variety of colors to fit any bridal shower theme!

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Even if you don’t want to do a coffee-themed bar, you can incorporate a little coffee-themed DIY, like this coffee bean candle idea. It’s so easy to incorporate into any theme. Just get a glass jar, some coffee beans, and a tea light candle.

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How to make iced coffee perfectly

Another great idea for your bridal shower it to make or buy personalized coffee mugs for guests who can take them home as favors. You can add the bride and groom’s names and wedding date or a catchy coffee-related saying such as “Love is brewing” or “The Perfect Blend.” I just loved the coffee mugs used above with sayings like “Hello gorgeous!”

What’s fun about incorporating a coffee bar into your bridal shower is decorating it, right?! Design a stunning theme for your coffee and dessert bar based on the bridal shower theme or wedding colors. First, find a central place for your coffee bar that’s not in a high traffic area. You don’t want your guests spilling coffee on each other during the bridal shower. Next, offer a variety of coffee, creamers, sugars, and desserts. Not everyone at your shower will like the same coffee or creamer. If you don’t know which varieties to choose, think of what’s most popular and go from there. Include a light roast, dark roast, and decaf for a variety. I included Green Mountain Coffee® Breakfast Blend , The Original Donut Shop® Coffee and Green Mountain Coffee® Summer Sunrise K-Cup® pods, which are all delicious and the perfect starting point for your coffee offerings. For the creamers, you can’t go wrong with vanilla or mocha. And don’t forget about those guests who love iced coffee. Have some ice on hand for those who like to make after-dinner iced beverages. For the perfect cup of iced coffee, guests can brew their Keurig® hot beverage into a large plastic cup filled with ice.

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Here’s what you’ll need to set up the perfect coffee bar for your bridal shower:

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The Keurig® K250 Coffee Maker is available on and at major retailers nationwide. You can also choose from hundreds of varieties of K-Cup® pods on to offer your guests.

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How to make iced coffee perfectly

Ketogenic diets are all the rage these days because they are effective and relatively easy to follow, two features that most diets do not possess. Unlike dieting fads designed to sell products and keep people in the never-ending cycle of hopping from one dieting plan to the next, keto diets are backed by science and don’t require any secret, proprietary ingredients, or other nonsense. One of the best examples of a keto-friendly drink is bulletproof coffee.

Bulletproof coffee is easy to make, delicious, reduces cravings, and can help you stay within your ketogenic diet parameters while still getting a healthy number of calories per day. The simplest recipes only require coffee and butter, and even the more involved ones aren’t too complicated and only use a few ingredients. In this article, we’re going to teach you our two favorite bulletproof coffee recipes and give you a bit of background information about bulletproof coffee. Even if you aren’t following a strict keto diet, bulletproof coffee is creamy and delicious and worth trying.

What Is Bulletproof Coffee?

Bulletproof coffee in its purest form is butter in coffee—that’s it. Of course, many recipes have built on this simple foundation to include other ingredients like MCT oil, cinnamon, salt, and even sugar in some cases. In general, we think it’s fair game to call any recipe that calls for butter “bulletproof coffee.”

So why put butter in your coffee, you ask? To the uninitiated, butter in coffee seems like something that would happen by accident at an overly crowded breakfast table. But, for those in the know, it’s a familiar staple in keto diets. The main idea behind keto diets is to consume higher amounts of fat and reduce carbohydrate intake to induce a fat-burning state called ketogenesis.

How to make iced coffee perfectly

Bulletproof coffee is commonly a key part of keto diets because it’s high in fat and contains no carbohydrates. Additionally, coffee contains caffeine, which is an appetite suppressant. Combining black coffee and butter creates a drink that perfectly suits keto dieting specifically and weight loss in general.

On top of the purported health benefits, bulletproof coffee also happens to taste great and have a rich, creamy texture. Most bulletproof coffee recipes—including both in this article below—use a blender to mix the butter into the coffee and produce a frothy, foamy mouthfeel, making bulletproof coffee popular even outside of health and dieting circles.

A Simple Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

How to make iced coffee perfectly

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This first Bulletproof coffee recipe is as simple as it gets. To make it, you only need butter, coffee, a blender, and your favorite mug. If you’re new to bulletproof coffee and are looking for a recipe to start with, we recommend this one. It will give you an appreciation for what bulletproof coffee is about at a fundamental level and give you a solid foundation to build off of going forward.