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In this instructable I will show you how to simplify your coffee routine with coffee cubes. We've all been in a hurry, fixed a cup of coffee and then experienced the agony of not being able to drink it because it is too hot. I'm going to show you how to keep your coffee at the perfect temperature (hot or cold) without sacrificing the integrity of your coffee's flavor with watery ice cubes. Let's get started!
 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

-A pot of room temperature coffee. I used Mexican Chiapas. (Yum)
-Your favorite creamer or flavor shot
-Ice cube tray

That's it. You should have all these things on hand if you are a coffee drinker and use ice.

Step 2: Brew coffee and wait.

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Brew your coffee and wait for it to cool down. It doesn't have to be room temperature, but I find that burns are less likely if it is cooler.

Step 3: Mix liquids.

This is where your personal preferences come into play. Typically people drink coffee in three basic ways.
1.Coffee with cream and sugar=cold coffee and creamer mixed together
2.Black coffee with flavor shot=cold coffee and a flavor shot
3. Black=cold coffee

I've done all three because sometimes you want cold coffee and sometimes you don't. The great thing about these cubes is that as they melt they only add flavor and more coffee to your cup. 

Step 6: Enjoy.

Now that they are done you can use them how you want. If you are in a hurry and want to cool your coffee from scalding to drinkable in seconds pop in a couple of coffee cubes and you're ready to go. Want to make sure that your ice coffee ratio stays all coffee and no water to ensure that sweet coffee goodness hits your tongue then pop in a couple of coffee cubes. You will no longer have to burn your tongue or water down your coffee. It's cheap. It's easy. It's perfect. I hope you enjoy.
atimlick6 months ago
I tried to do this with creamer because I LOVE THE IDEA but my creamer ice cubes didn't freeze hard? They were soft and I had to spoon them out of the tray and made a mess. I've always added ice cubes to my coffee because I can't drink it hot hot and woul live to know what I did wrong. I used a silicone heart shaped cube tray, could it be the silicone or because the cubes aren't very big?
Aly2 years ago
I tried this a couple of years ago with disastrous results. I froze black coffee and the cubes came out so sticky the would not come out of the tray. I could not even pry them out. They were a sticky, crystalized goo. What went wrong?
SeeJacobInstruct (author)  Aly2 years ago
I'm not sure. Was it a flavored coffee? Maybe the flavoring had something to do with the stickiness. If it was just plain black, unflavored coffee I have no idea why it would do that. Sorry.
GainEnergy2 years ago
Smart idea! Will definitely share this with my husband as he is a truly coffee drinker! Thanks!
BWP2 years ago
lol This never occurred to me and I make peppermint tea icecubes in the summer! Gonna be doing this, thanks :o)
Datawolf2 years ago
Go to the fridge, pick up the ice tray, unmold one cube ... and your coffee went from hot to warm. Drop your cube and it will be cold.
wolfkeeper2 years ago
At the risk of overcomplicating it, for the coffee cubes you would do better to cool the coffee quickly, so put it in a cold/ice water bath, otherwise it will stew a bit.

The ultimate thing is probably to pour the fresh coffee onto dry ice or liquid nitrogen, that way you capture the full flavour.
peacenique2 years ago
Great stuff!
Last summer I started doing exactly this. My reasons were different though. I got obsessed with iced coffees... but they can get expensive. I tried making them at home only to discover they'd get watery with the ice. SO, I started making coffee ice cubes and tea ice cubes. My brother came one day and had a cup of coffee. He takes it black, so it was way hot. I offered him a coffee ice cube and I think he thought I was a nut to have them! He took one and was amazed!
Thanks for the great 'ible!
depotdevoid2 years ago
That is very clever, thanks for sharing! Well done on the pictures as well, I got a laugh out of you staring at your watch.
SeeJacobInstruct (author)  depotdevoid2 years ago
Thanks! I was hoping someone besides me would laugh.
The idea was totally simple - you could have gotten away with one page and two pictures. Instead, you added personality and detail and humor. I loved it. Your effort means I'll remember this idea! It will work just the same for tea, which is what I'm currently drinking. Thanks for the effort and the morning laugh. (Love the staring at the watch to signify "wait". Love it!)
Aaaaaand . . . Tea Cubes! Doesn't roll off the tongue like Coffee Cubes, but they seem to work. Mine are made from skim milk and artificial sweetener, and weirdly they sunk to the bottom of the cup, but they did the job!
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SeeJacobInstruct (author)  dauphin19742 years ago
Really glad you enjoyed it and that I wasn't the only one laughing at those pictures.
You're welcome!
Oh, good thinking! I've had to quit drinking coffee due to my heartburn, but I still drink tea--I'm totally going to make some of these and put them in the freezer at work!
kchapmans2 years ago
I've done it too, and it does work! (BTW--loved the first photo of you holding the coffee pot and scowling at your watch! That's a "Hurry-up already!!!" look I've aimed at my kids many times over the years...) This also works for chicken stock (Pour whatever you have left over from boiling chicken, freeze in the trays, pop out when frozen and place in plastic baggies for use in future recipes.) I also noticed how clean your kitchen is :)
numademan2 years ago
Great Idea! You could find some cookie cutter animal designs and make them a little more fancy. No Telling what kind of shapes we all could brainstorm up. Thanks for the idea. : )
SkunkRyder2 years ago
this is an awesome idea! going to try it with my tea since i'm always letting it sit too long to cool and it gets cold, and i end up microwaving it again and again. thanks :)
fantine2 years ago
I just raced to the kitchen to freeze some milk. I often drink cold coffee, but now I can have it perfectly iced. Thanks.
Fit2bTD2 years ago
Brilliant!!! I've lost count of how many times i have scalded my tongue on hot coffee. Thanks for sharing!
Starrystar2 years ago
Hahahaha great photo!! Love this step XD
hammer98762 years ago
Excellent idea. And congrats n being Featured.
marcia4d2 years ago
This obviously works for hot or iced tea as well, and for other iced drinks like lemonade and fruit juices. I remember my mother making grape juice ice cubes for our drinks in the 1950s. It really helps keep drinks from becoming too watered down, as well as cooling off hot drinks.
cblair12 years ago
I am and have been an ice cube in my coffee person for 25 years, I cannot believe I have never thought of this! Thanks a million, off to make a few trays of these! CJB
eielofview2 years ago
I have been freezing coffee for years to make frozen coffee beverages (using cream and sugar when I put them in the blender) this is an awesome Instructable! I never would have thought to freeze the creamer too or to use the cubes in this way.
agis682 years ago
smart things ans thinks come in small quantities used my mother said......It's true. I loved the cute and the humor for the guy (you) watching his watch all the time! The idea is clever and simple by the beginning....Only you need some hot water, or even a hot USB plate to place the cup and that's it.....anyway is clearly brilliant.......5/5*****
kansasa2 years ago
Great idea! My daughter says it would be great for iced coffee too! :)
SeeJacobInstruct (author)  kansasa2 years ago
Thanks! That's the idea. It's good for cooling off hot drinks and keeping cold drinks cold without sacrificing the good coffee taste with watery ice cubes.
The only thing that I could think of when reading this was Coffee Snow Cones! Freeze the coffee black, shave the cubes into a cone filter, add a little cream or flavor on top and enjoy! Mmmm coffee brain freeze...
lemonie2 years ago
I think that "cool!" would be appropriate, nice job.

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bertus52x112 years ago
Smart solution!
You should make a chart from which one can determine how many block you need for a given temperature drop!
SeeJacobInstruct (author)  bertus52x112 years ago
That's a great idea! I'll get started on it.
skeinywoman2 years ago
Great idea!
rukzaq2 years ago
cute!
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MaryT8M2 years ago
I've made coffee ice cubes to use in my iced coffee, but never thought of adding the creamer, or even freezing the creamer alone.......DUH Thanks for the good ideas
This is awesome! Such a good idea. :D
SeeJacobInstruct (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks! The idea came to me one day when I was taking a huge watery gulp of iced coffee. Glad you liked it.