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Picture yourself relaxing on a hot summer day, with a cool glass of iced coffee in your hand. With every sip, you feel refreshed and energized, ready to tackle anything the day may bring. That’s exactly what my Iced Cafe Crema recipe can offer you – a perfect balance of strong coffee and creamy sweetness for the ultimate refreshing summer drink.

I have been a barista for years, and this recipe is one of my all-time favorites. It’s easy to make at home, even if you don’t have fancy equipment like an espresso machine or Chemex. Plus, it’s completely customizable to your taste preferences – you can adjust the sweetness and creaminess levels to make it just right for you.

So why stick to boring old iced coffee when you can upgrade it with my creamy, velvety Iced Cafe Crema? Give it a try and see for yourself why this beverage should be your new go-to drink all year round.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Iced Cafe Crema
Iced Cafe Crema

Are you tired of drinking mediocre iced coffee? Then it’s time to try our Iced Cafe Crema recipe! This coffee recipe is unlike any other, and once you taste it, you’ll understand why.

First of all, iced coffee is perfect for hot summer days, but this iced cafe crema takes it to a whole new level. The combination of strong coffee and half-and-half creates a creamy iced coffee that is perfect for any time of the day. It’s not too sweet, yet not too bitter – just the perfect balance.

Thanks to the french press or Chemex Add process, you’ll get to enjoy the full flavour of your coffee beans without any bitterness or aftertaste. Trust us; your taste buds will thank you for taking this extra step.

Besides, it doesn’t take long to make this recipe, and the ingredients are readily available in most households. You only need coffee grounds, hot water, half-and-half, confectioners’ sugar and sea salt to make this delicious beverage. So why not whip up a batch today?

In times where going out for coffee may not always be possible or even safe, we believe that making quality coffee at home can be both economical and enjoyable. With our Iced Cafe Crema recipe, you can have cafe-style coffee from the comfort of your own home!

Ingredient List

 A refreshing summer drink awaits you!
A refreshing summer drink awaits you!

Ingredients You Will Need

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Iced Cafe Crema recipe:

  • Coffee: 2 cups of strong coffee or double shot espresso
  • Water: 1 cup hot water
  • Granulated Sugar: 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar to make the coffee crema.
  • Confectioners’ Sugar: 1 tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar to sweeten the whipped cream topping.
  • Half-and-Half: 1/4 cup of Half-and-Half for a creamier texture and flavor.
  • Whipping Cream: 1/4 cup of whipping cream to top the iced coffee.
  • Ice Cubes: 3-6 ice cubes, depending on how strong or weak you want your beverage.
  • Sea Salt (optional): a pinch of sea salt will enhance the flavors and balance the sweetness.

Optional Ingredients:
– Ice cream (vanilla or any flavor you prefer)
– Cold milk (2% or whole)
– Maple syrup or your favorite sweeteners

You can use an Italian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, or any type of dark roast coffee beans you like. If you have an espresso machine or French press, that will also work great. For an extra creamy taste, try using condensed milk or Italian coffee cream, such as “Crema di Caffè”.

The Recipe How-To

French Press Method

– 1 cup finely ground coffee beans
– 4 cups hot water
– ½ cup Haif-and-half
– 2 tbsp Confectioners’ sugar


  1. Place the fine grounds of coffee in the French press.
  2. Pour hot water and stir coffee grounds. Allow brewing for 5 minutes.
  3. Press the plunger of the French press to separate the brewed coffee from the used ground coffee.
  4. Combine confectioners’ sugar and half-and-half, then pour into a glass with ice.
  5. Add the coffee from French Press into the glass and mix them thoroughly.

Chemex Method

– 1 cup coffee grounds
– 18 oz hot water (200 ml + 600 ml)
– Half-and-half
– Confectioners’ sugar


  1. Put Chemex filter over Chemex jar and fill it halfway through with coffee grounds.
  2. Slowly pour hot water into Chemex and let it brew for about 5 minutes.
  3. If necessary, wet all of the coffee grinds by pouring hot water on top and waiting until it drips through before adding more hot water to fill up to the correct level.
  4. Mix together half-and-half with confectioners’ sugar to make sweet cream mixture.
  5. Pour brewed coffee over ice in glasses, then pour in sweet cream to taste.

Espresso Machine Method

– Ice cubes
– Strong Coffee, chilled (e.g., espresso or Italian coffee) – around 2 shots
– Cream Crema (or whipped cream)
– Sea Salt


  1. Fill a glass with ice to keep it chilled while making your cafe crema.
  2. Brew two shots of very strong coffee using an espresso machine .
  3. Pour brewed shots of coffee over the ice cubes, leaving about an inch of space at the top of your glass.
  4. Add a dollop of cream crema (or whipped cream) and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over each serving.

Now that you finished creating your own creamy iced cafe crema, enjoy a delicious cold sip in any way you’d like!

Substitutions and Variations

 This iced coffee will make you shiver with delight.
This iced coffee will make you shiver with delight.

As much as I love the classic iced cafe crema recipe, there are plenty of ways to mix things up and add your own personal twist. With a bit of creativity, you can create your own unique coffee concoction that will satisfy your taste buds.

One easy substitution you can make is swapping out the cream for half-and-half or milk, depending on how creamy you want your cafe crema to be. You can also use non-dairy milk (such as almond or oat milk) for a vegan option.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding in some flavored syrups like vanilla, caramel or hazelnut syrup to give your iced cafe crema a delicious twist. You can also sprinkle some confectioners’ sugar or sea salt on top for an added sweetness or saltiness.

For those who prefer a stronger coffee taste, try using a shot of espresso instead of regular brewed coffee. You can add this shot of espresso into the hot water before mixing it with ice and cream.

Another variation to consider is substituting ice cream in place of the cream for a creamy iced coffee experience. Just blend together coffee with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and pour over ice.

For those who enjoy cold brew coffee, try replacing the hot water with cold brew concentrate for a richer and smoother taste. You can also mix condensed milk into the cold brew concentrate to sweeten things up.

No matter which substitution or variation you choose, don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations until you find the right one for you. A simple change may just result in your new favorite drink!

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs hot coffee when you can have this iced beauty?
Who needs hot coffee when you can have this iced beauty?

Ah, there’s nothing like a glass of creamy iced coffee to cool you down on a hot day. And this Iced Cafe Crema recipe is the perfect balance between strong coffee and creamy sweetness. It’s a treat all on its own, but why not pair it with some of your favorite desserts?

I’ve found that creamy iced coffee goes perfectly with tiramisu, cheesecake, and chocolate cake. The bitterness of the coffee cuts through the sweetness of the desserts, while the creaminess adds a delightful contrast in texture. If you’re looking for a more savory pairing, try serving it with breakfast foods like bacon and eggs or a fluffy quiche.

For presentation, I recommend serving this drink in tall glasses with plenty of ice cubes. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top and dust it with confectioners’ sugar or sea salt for an elegant touch.

Whether you’re sipping it poolside or enjoying it as an after-dinner dessert drink, this Iced Cafe Crema recipe will have you coming back for more. Cheers!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A perfect companion for lazy afternoons.
A perfect companion for lazy afternoons.

As much as we’d love to indulge in a glass of iced café crema every day, it’s not always possible to start from scratch. The good news? This creamy coffee can be made ahead of time for your convenience. Once prepared, you can easily store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. This means that all you have to do is pour yourself a glass and enjoy.

When reheating the chilled coffee, use equal amounts of water and coffee and heat them in the microwave or on a stovetop until warm. Once heated, serve immediately over ice cubes.

For those who prefer to make larger batches of iced café crema, consider preparing the coffee concentrate and storing it separately from your half-and-half mixture. Doing so will allow you to keep your concentrate fresh and blend it with the half-and-half mixture only when needed.

It’s important to note that while this recipe caters very well to make-ahead options, we advise against freezing it as dairy products tend not to freeze too well.

So go ahead, prepare a jug of creamy iced coffee at home without worrying about having to make it fresh every day!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Take a sip and feel the chill through your veins.
Take a sip and feel the chill through your veins.

When it comes to making the perfect iced cafe crema, there are a few tips and tricks that can help take your coffee game to the next level. As a barista with several years of experience, I have compiled a list of suggestions that can help you achieve a creamy, delicious, and refreshing iced cafe crema every time.

First and foremost, use freshly roasted coffee beans for maximum flavor. When it comes to brewing strong coffee, the quality of your beans is just as important as the brewing method you use. Experiment with different roast levels and origins until you find the perfect flavor profile for your taste. Additionally, investing in high-quality equipment such as an espresso machine or a Chemex can enhance the richness and aroma of your coffee.

Next, try adding a pinch of sea salt to your coffee grinds before brewing. This unlikely ingredient helps to round out any bitterness or acidity in your coffee and brings out its natural sweetness. Trust me; it is a game-changer!

When preparing your half-and-half cream for the recipe, make sure it is cold to whip properly. Use heavy cream for added richness or non-dairy milk substitute if you are vegan or intolerant to lactose.

To make sure that your iced cafe crema does not become too diluted when served over ice, try using ice cubes made from brewed coffee instead of plain water ice cubes.

Finally, feel free to experiment with substituting certain ingredients or adding new ones for variety. For example, try making an orange crème iced cafe crema by adding 3 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar to the half-and-half cream mixture and topping with whipped cream and fresh orange zest.

With these tips in mind, you are well on your way to becoming an iced cafe crema expert!


As a barista, I know that even the most skilled coffee lovers may have questions. You might find yourself wondering about making substitutions or how to store any leftover coffee. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that will help you get the most out of this iced cafe crema recipe.

What is in a cafe crema?

When it comes to coffee, there are many types and variations to choose from. One option that can sometimes be confused with an Americano is a Caffe Crema. While an Americano is made by adding hot water to a shot of espresso, a Caffe Crema is brewed through the espresso process using all the water needed for the beverage. This results in a longer drink, but with a similar strength and flavor profile to a traditional espresso shot.

What is Cafe crema in Germany?

The term “Caffè crema” is used to refer to two distinct types of coffee drinks. In the past, it was an Italian nickname for espresso during the 1940s and 1950s. In modern times, it primarily refers to a long espresso beverage that is popular in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and northern Italy since the 1980s. Such coffee drinks are served along the Italian/Swiss and Italian/Austrian borders.

What is the ratio for iced Chemex?

When making coffee using the Chemex method, using hot water to preheat your Chemex can sometimes make the coffee too warm. That’s why I recommend rinsing the filter with cold water instead. To make the coffee itself, start by preparing 600 ml of water. I suggest using a ratio of 60% hot water (about 400 ml or 2 cups) and 40% ice (about 200 ml or 1.75 cups) to ensure that the coffee isn’t too hot. Next, add the ice to the Chemex, followed by the filter and the coffee. Finally, start your timer and let the magic happen!

Bottom Line

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In conclusion, if you are a coffee lover looking for a refreshing and creamy beverage, then iced cafe crema is the perfect recipe for you. With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can quickly whip up a delicious creamy iced coffee at home.

By using variations like adding sea salt or confectioners’ sugar to your recipe, you can make your iced cafe crema even more satisfying. Whether you prefer to use an espresso machine or cold brew coffee, there’s a style of iced cafe crema that will suit your preference.

So what are you waiting for? Try this recipe today and indulge in a creamy and refreshing treat that’s sure to become your new favorite coffee drink. You will be surprised how easy it is to make and how much money you will save by not going to the coffee shop every day.

Remember that with any recipe, practice makes perfect. Experiment with different methods and ingredients until you find your ideal balance of flavors. With patience and practice, you’ll be making perfect iced cafe crema in no time!

Iced Cafe Crema Recipe

I’m from Seattle, so how could I not share the coffee?

  • 1 cup chilled strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until creamy.
  2. Pour into tall glasses and serve at once.
  3. Note: To make good iced coffee, start with your favorite coffee brewed double-strength to compensate for the dilution from the ice.
  4. Starbucks recommends Caffé Verona Blend or other dark-roast blend because they produce a more flavorful iced coffee drink.
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