How to Make Iced Coffee with Espresso

Are you craving a cool and refreshing drink? Try iced coffee with espresso, the best drink to enjoy on a hot day. This blend stars the bold with the rich flavor of espresso. To cut the cravings here is how to make iced coffee with espresso:

Fill a serving glass with ice cubes. Pour espresso directly over ice cubes. Add cold milk and sugar to taste or serve as is. Enjoy!

What is Espresso?

Espresso is a highly concentrated coffee with a bold flavor, made from finely grounded coffee beans and water served in shots.

You make it by compressing hot water through the coffee grounds under intense pressure using an espresso machine.

The crema on top in form of foam makes the espresso have a rich flavor than coffee. The result – the espresso shot can be enjoyed as is.

You can also use espresso to make drinks such as cappuccino, Americano, iced latte, and many more. But do you really know how to make an espresso shot?

Making Espresso Shot

Below is how to make espresso shots using an espresso machine.


  • Espresso machine
  • Grinder (Burr grinder)


  • 25g coffee beans
  • 250ml water


  1. Turn your espresso machine on to warm up.
  2. Now ready to start brewing, place your espresso basket (portafilter) on the scale. Grind the amount of coffee you want into the portafilter.
  3. Distribute the coffee in the portafilter evenly. Use your tamper to compress coffee down with pressure.
  4. Pull your shot!
  5. Taste and feel if it’s what you desired.

Now that you know what espresso is and how to make it. Let’s see what iced coffee with espresso is and how to make it.

What is Iced Coffee with Espresso?

Iced espresso is a drink made by pouring espresso shots over ice cubes and then diluting them with cold milk or water. It is similar to iced coffee but uses espresso shots instead of brewed coffee.

To make iced coffee with espresso, you need the following:


  • 3 shots of espresso
  • Glass of ice
  • Cold milk or water
  • Simple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)



You have your shots ready. Pour the espresso shots into the glass of ice.


You can take the iced coffee with espresso as is, but some would want to dilute it a little to their liking. Add a splash of cold milk or water as you prefer.

If you want it sweetened add the simple syrup or a tablespoon of sugar instead. Enjoy your drink.

The Difference Between Espresso And Coffee

Some people know that espresso and coffee are two different things. But do you know their difference anyway? This is how the two differ:


Most of us if not all, already know how to make coffee. We even know how to make this conventional drink less bitter, or less acidic.

You make coffee using methods such as French Press and drip coffee. On the other hand, you make espresso using an espresso machine at home with a few exceptions of making it without the machine.


Espresso has a bold, roast flavor compared to coffee,  which has a less intense taste. This is because it’s not made with a filter, so flavor-filled oils are not lost.


It is not true that coffee and espresso are made from different beans. The difference lies in the process in which they are made (see the above brewing).

Roast and Grind

Beans for espresso are roasted longer and darker than the beans used for drip coffee. Light, medium dark, and medium roasts are for drip coffee.

The coffee beans for espresso need to be finely ground than other types of coffee grinds.

Because making espresso requires hot water to pass through tightly packed grounds and for a short period.

Does Espresso Have More Caffeine?

The short answer is no! A cup of drip coffee has a little more caffeine than espresso. But espresso has more concentration of caffeine per ounce.

Generally, one cup of drip coffee (8-10 ounces) has the same content as one shot of espresso (1 ounce).

Iced Coffee With Espresso Pro-Tips

  • Have sugar in the cup before you pull your espresso shots so that all the sugar can dissolve well.
  • Worried over pouring hot espresso over ice? Chill your espresso shots in the fridge for a few minutes. That way your iced coffee with espresso will be cold and not lukewarm.
  • If you take your drinks for a long time, you need not worry about melted ice cubes in your iced espresso. Instead use coffee ice cubes so as to maintain the flavor when ice begins to melt.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can you add milk to iced coffee?

A: Yes, you can add milk if you prefer it. This makes it more creamy and delicious.

Q: What is an iced coffee with milk called?

A: It is a cold coffee drink made up of ice, a shot of espresso, and cold milk, making an iced latte.

Q: What milk is best for iced coffee?

A: Use whole milk as it is the best for adding more cream and richness. Coconut milk and almond milk work well too.

Q: Do you put coffee or milk first in iced coffee?

A: Coffee comes first then milk, which is optional.

Q: How do you make iced coffee step by step?

  1. Brew your favorite coffee.
  2. Pour your coffee over a glass of ice cubes.
  3. Add sugar and milk to taste if you like and enjoy.

Q:  Do you use hot or cold water for iced coffee?

A: To brew iced coffee, you use hot water (and then this hot water is cooled by ice)

Closing Thoughts

With this guide, I am sure you now know how to make iced coffee with espresso. You’ve also learnt the different methods of turning the delicious and bold conventional drink into a household cold drink.

In addition, you know that hot coffee tastes less amazing in warmer weather. With that in mind, it is now time to turn to iced coffee made with espresso.

This drink will give you an excellent flavor with a refreshing touch.