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Which K-Cup® Pods to Use For Iced Coffee

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Since writing our article, how to make iced coffee using a Keurig® brewer, a few things have changed. Given that this remains one of the most frequently asked questions, we thought it was time for an update. Although the process remains the same, selecting the appropriate K-Cup® coffee pods has become much simpler. When the concept of making iced coffee with a Keurig® machine was first introduced, there were specific K-Cup® pods that you had to use in order to maintain a high level of quality. That has since been abolished and pretty much any old pod will do! With that said, we have a few suggestions to assure that the consistency and quality of your iced K-Cup® coffee are in par with your local coffee shop.

Use a dark roast K-Cup® pod. 

Whatever your preference for drinking a standard hot cup of coffee is, forget it. The only type of K-Cup I would recommend using for an iced coffee is a dark roast. Light and medium roast coffees simply do not have the oomph to stand up to all the ice you will add and not taste watered down. There is nothing worse than a weak-looking iced coffee and that is exactly what you will get with most light and medium roast K-Cup® pods. I will offer one and only one exception, Tully’s. All roasting levels of Tully’s K-Cup® pods come equipped with enough body to make an amazing cup of iced coffee using your Keurig® brewer.

Try an extra bold. 

In addition to dark roast K-Cup pods, I tend to search out an extra bold variety. Extra bold K-Cup coffee pods® come packed with up to 20% more coffee than regular varieties. This provides plenty of additional support to assure that your iced K-Cup® coffee maintains a rich body even after a healthy dose of ice. Of the extra bolds available my absolute favorite for the purpose of making iced coffee with a Keurig is Newman’s Special Blend. This baby packs a powerful punch even over ice. 

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Avoid flavored coffees. 

Most of the K-Cup® flavored coffees are of the light roast variety. Not only will that leave you with a watered-down cup of joe but, the flavors seem to get distorted in the process. Unless you find a dark roast, extra bold and flavored K-Cup®  I would avoid this genre altogether. 

Try tea. 

Tea is the one type of K-Cup pod that still has separate brew over ice varieties however, you can ignore that distinction…all K-Cup®  teas work very well over ice. There is absolutely no reason to play favorites to those designated iced teas. In fact, my very favorite to enjoy over ice is Twinings Green tea. The only exception I can see with this recommendation is the sweetened teas. Snapple carries a delicious line of iced teas that are unique to the K-Cup format. The results they have managed would be difficult to duplicate with any other K-Cup pod®.

keurig iced coffee in clear glass with a straw

Don’t be afraid. 

Go ahead, try any old K-Cup® pod over ice, chances are it is going to be good! I even enjoy odd choices such as hot cocoa and cafe vanilla over ice (doctored up with other ingredients of course) to mimic Starbucks-type drinks. I experiment with different concoctions ALL.THE.TIME. and can think of maybe twice that I have had a failure. 

Most importantly after choosing the right K-Cup® to make iced coffee using your Keurig®, there are three additional tips to follow: do not use a glass cup, fill it all the way to the very top with ice, and use the lowest water setting on your coffee machine. Pick a great K-Cup®, follow those three rules and you will soon be living the life of Riley, sipping iced K-Cup® coffee made with your Keurig, in your own home!

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