Keep Cool with a Decaf Iced Coffee!

decaf iced coffeeDecaf Iced Coffee is a refreshing change from a hot drink. The ice content gives it a mellow flavour and the decaf content makes it ideal for a beverage that is not over stimulating. Check out the facts below and find out how easy it is to make for yourself. Stay cool with a drink that promises a new dimension to in the world of decaf coffee!

The Origins of Decaffeinated Coffee

The first commercially successful decaffeinated processing of coffee was carried out by Ludwig Roselius, a German merchant and his co-workers in 1903. It was patented in 1906. A method of decaffeinating coffee was accidentally stumbled upon by Roselius, when his stock of coffee beans became soaked in sea water. The freight lost much of its caffeine without losing its taste.

How is Decaffeinated Coffee Produced?

Fresh coffee beans are used for this process. They are usually steamed until they are moist and swollen. The caffeine is then extracted from the beans by using a solvent. The solvent can take the form of highly pressurised carbon dioxide, ethyl acetate or methylene chloride.There are basically non-solvent based processes (the Swiss water process and the carbon-dioxide process) and solvent-based processes (the indirect-solvent process and the direct-solvent process) when decaffeinating coffee.

A Short History of Iced Coffee

The first iced coffee was known as ‘Mazagran’ (it was named after the North African Town and military outpost captured by the French Foreign Legion, during the French conquest of Algeria, North Africa). It was a cold coffee and sweetened drink made from coffee syrup with iced water. In the 19th Century there are records of frozen coffee being made, similar to slush, called ‘café frappé’. Of course, these drinks were, as yet, unavailable in decaffeinated form. The name, ‘Mazagran’ was given, unsuccessfully, to a carbonated coffee soda by Starbucks/Pepsi in the 1990s. It is also the French name for a tall goblet without a handle, which is still used today to serve iced coffee.

Did you know?

The United States has a history of using coffee syrup for iced coffee beverages dating back 75 years.

Decaffeinated coffee has only three to five per cent of caffeine in it.

Many Coffee Roasters now market seasonal blends expressly aimed at iced coffee lovers.

Cold Brew Coffee and Decaffeinated Iced Coffee

Decaffeinated iced coffee and the cold brew method of making coffee are not to be confused. Generally speaking, decaffeinated coffee beans do not work well for the cold brew method of making coffee and it has nothing to do with making iced coffee, unless the resultant brew is used in an iced coffee recipe.

Health Benefits

Decaffeinated Iced Coffee is one of the most popular types of coffee drinks as opposed to other variants of coffee drinks.

There is now a process used to decaffeinate coffee called: The Swiss Water Process. It uses only water and no chemicals (for this reason it is considered organic); and it is only used on high-grade coffees. So, for decaffeinated iced coffee drinkers this means that this drink is more flavorful to drink and ninety-five per cent of the caffeine has been removed. It is not true that decaffeinated coffee has less flavor than ordinary coffee.

One of the benefits of drinking decaffeinated iced coffee is that it is non-addictive because the stimulants have been removed. It will also boost your energy, so you can stay awake if you need to work overtime.

Some sources state that having decaffeinated iced coffee can lead to a decrease in risk of heart ailments. This is due to studies of flow-mediated dilation. When healthy participants of the study were given a decaffeinated iced coffee to drink their health improved notably in the rise of their flow-mediated dilation. Other sources, however, deny any such benefits to the heart.

Decaffeinated Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is usually made by brewing hot coffee and then using sugar to sweeten it before pouring it over ice. It is easier to add the sugar to the hot coffee before pouring it on the cold ice as sugar takes a lot longer to dissolve in cold liquid.

Which blend of decaffeinated coffee is best to use for decaffeinated iced coffee?

You may want to begin making a choice based on the type of coffee you would normally choose. For example: do you like espresso coffee rather than other combined blends or a single-origin blend? Decaffeinated organic coffee is also available. If you like the taste of a blend when it is hot then you are sure to like it when it is served cold. It is also possible to buy flavoured blends of decaffeinated coffee. Some of the flavoured decaffeinated coffees available from companies include cinnamon, chocolate, chocolate mint, crème brùlée, macadamia nut, chocolate raspberry, chocolate strawberry, hazelnut and chocolate-dipped almond biscotti flavour. Any of these decaffeinated varieties of coffee could be used to make an unusual decaffeinated iced coffee. These will bring a different quality of experience to a glass of decaffeinated iced coffee.

Buying a decaffeinated iced coffee from a vendor

Iced coffee has been sold by Starbucks since 1971. The iced coffee beverage, Frappuccino, was originally marketed by a company in Boston. It was subsequently taken over by Starbucks. Coffee over ice, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated has earned the name, in some quarters: ‘Ghetto Latte’. This is because it is thought to be a poor quality drink when coffee is just poured over ice and a splash of milk added.


It seems to be the case that decaffeinated coffee does not taste as bitter as ordinary coffee. Also, with decaffeinated iced coffee the ice mellows the taste of the coffee. In the past, some companies have mixed chicory root with decaffeinated coffee. So, if you are loathe to try decaffeinated iced coffee it may be because you have had a bad experience with a poor quality ‘Decaf’ coffee.

Decaffeinated Versus Caffeine Free Coffee

A decaffeinated iced coffee could be made from decaffeinated coffee, which by law has to be ninety-five per cent free of caffeine to be marked for sale as ‘decaffeinated’. Or it could be made from caffeine free coffee. These two types of coffee differ in the amount of caffeine they contain. It is possible to produce a coffee that is ninety-nine per cent free of caffeine; but this is more expensive, takes more time and also affects the flavor of the coffee, making it weaker. The quality of a decaffeinated iced coffee would be reduced, as far as taste is concerned, if a caffeine-free coffee were used. Not only would this coffee be weaker in taste; but the presence of ice in the drink would weaken the taste further.

How to Make a Good Decaffeinated Iced Coffee

There are many ways to produce this beverage at home. How you make it really depends on personal ingredient preferences.

A Simple Recipe

Pack a tall plastic drinking cup with ice cubes. Sweeten two thirds of a cup of decaffeinated coffee to taste. Pour the hot coffee onto the ice cubes nearly to the top of the drinking cup. Add a tablespoon of cream if you wish.

A Recipe that Includes Milk

Brew some ground decaffeinated coffee. Discard the grounds. The coffee can be poured into a container once cold and stored in a refrigerator for up to a week. Pour some coffee mixture into a bowl. Whisk in some milk and sweeten to taste. Half fill a tall glass with some ice cubes. Pour the sweetened cold coffee and milk blend over the ice cubes.

A Richer Recipe with Ice Cream

Dissolve two teaspoons of decaffeinated coffee granules in one tablespoon of hot water in a bowl. Place a cup of milk, the coffee mixture, three tablespoons of ice cream and two teaspoons of sugar in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds and serve.

And, by knowing how the basic ingredients go together in a decaffeinated iced coffee there is really no limit to the ways you can make it yourself, according to the time you have, the situation you may be in, or the taste preferences you have.

Calories and Decaffeinated Iced Coffee

If you want to lower the calorie content of your decaffeinated iced coffee the following suggestions will help:

Try adding semi-skimmed or just skimmed milk instead of full fat milk if you want to make milk an addition to your iced coffee.

You could try having it without any sugar: you may be pleasantly surprised at the taste as it will be more mellow than other coffee drinks because of the ice in it, and less bitter than you may anticipate.

Additions such as cream, ice cream or even alcohol are not necessary. However, you could add a low-calorie ice cream to your decaffeinated ice coffee instead of using normal ice cream.

Decaffeinated Iced Coffee Without Refrigeration

In some parts of the world it is difficult to keep perishable foods in tropical heat. One such country is Vietnam. Here decaffeinated iced coffee is made with condensed milk instead of fresh milk. This makes the drink more calorific due to the sugar content of the canned milk. It also gives the drink a completely different taste and texture. The combination of ice with condensed milk is an altogether smoother experience!

Decaffeinated Iced Coffee with Alcohol

There is no doubt that adding a dash of your favourite spirit to a glass of decaffeinated iced coffee will give it a great taste and make it into something special. Traditionally, a good spirit to add is brandy. Using a good quality spirit of your choice is a great way to flavour your decaffeinated iced coffee.

And finally…

Decaffeinated iced coffee has become very popular in restaurants, cafés and as a home recipe. It is a refreshing drink in the summer months and comes without the unwanted side-effects, for some consumers, of caffeine. In order to make the absolute best decaffeinated iced coffee, use the best ingredients. The coffee beans should be of good quality, the ‘decaf’ process used should be the Swiss water method and make sure that you have pure beans, that is, beans that have not been mixed with chicory or any other additive, then proceed with the rest of the ingredients

Atikur Atik

Hi, my name is Atikur Atik, a coffee lover. I have created this blog to share everything about coffee.

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