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How to Make Chemex Iced Coffee (With Pictures)

how to make Chemex iced coffee

Your Chemex is a beautiful specialty dripper, producing clear, smooth coffee in an elegant carafe. But when it’s hot out, all you want is a refreshing iced coffee. Can your Chemex help you with this?

Of course! We’re here to show you how to make tasty Chemex iced coffee without any hassle. Scroll down to see our simple step-by-step guide and read our tips & tricks to getting the best possible results. You’ll be enjoying a tall glass of homemade iced coffee before you know it!
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How to Make Chemex Iced Coffee:

  • Chemex brewer
  • Chemex paper filter
  • Coffee cup or glass

1. Fill the base of the Chemex with ice.

fill Chemex with ice

You’ll want about 8 ounces of ice, which is 200 grams or one cup.

2. Add the filter and freshly ground coffee.

Set up Chemex to brew

Place a paper filter in the top section of the Chemex. Grind your coffee beans and place them in the filter, gently tapping to level them out. We recommend using a medium to medium-coarse grind size.

3. Pour hot water onto the grounds and wait 30 seconds.

Chemex iced coffee bloom

Boil water in a kettle and then let it sit for a few seconds. Pour a small amount of the water over your grounds in a circle. Let the coffee bloom for 30 seconds.

4. Continue pouring water over the grounds.

Chemex iced coffee

Continue pouring in circles until your coffee is fully brewed.

5. Discard the filter and grounds and shake to stir.

Chemex with ice

Take out the filter and throw it away. Then gently shake the Chemex to mix the coffee with the ice.

6. Serve and enjoy!

Chemex iced coffee pouring

That’s it! You now have iced coffee in the lower section of your Chemex. Pour it into glasses, add cream or sugar, and enjoy your refreshing caffeinated beverage. Not cold enough? Add a little extra ice to the glass.

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Why Make Iced Coffee in a Chemex?

You can make iced coffee using almost any brewing method, but the Chemex is a convenient option. The large lower section of the carafe is easy to fill with ice, and the tempered glass can handle the temperature change. Plus, you get to watch the whole process!

Don’t have a Chemex? Consider buying one or substitute another pour-over dripper or drip coffee maker.

Are there other ways to make Chemex iced coffee? We’ve shown you the basic method, but there are a few ways you can change the process.

Coffee Ice

One option is to use coffee ice cubes in place of regular ice. Pour coffee into an ice cube tray and let it freeze for several hours. Then pour the cubes into the bottom of your Chemex before brewing. This will give you a stronger cup of Chemex iced coffee since the melting ice won’t water it down.

coffee ice cubes in a glass


Another simple method is to brew a pot of Chemex coffee as usual, without ice in the base. Let it cool for a few minutes, and then put the whole thing in the refrigerator to chill. When you’re ready to drink it, you can pour the cold coffee over ice — or drink it plain. What could be simpler than that?

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There you have it: the simplest way to make iced coffee using a Chemex. This elegant brewer does a great job with hot coffee, but you may not have realized how versatile it can be. Now you can enjoy Chemex coffee all year round, no matter how hot it is outside! We hope this guide has shown you how easy it is to make Chemex iced coffee. Feel free to experiment and find your favorite flavors!

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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