How to make an amazing Nespresso iced coffee at home

I’ve been trying to make a decent iced coffee at home with my Nespresso machine, but everytime I’ve tried, it just doesn’t have the right sweetness or coffee flavour that you find in coffee shops. So after some experimenting and asking a few coffee shops how they do it, I’ve managed to perfect a home-made Nespresso iced coffee!

You’ll need the following:

  • 2 x Nespresso pods
  • dash of milk
  • vanilla syrup
  • ice blocks
  • blender

Make a double espresso and add a dash of milk. The key here is don’t skimp on the double espresso by making a single lungo. There is a reason why iced coffees cost well over R20 in coffee shops. They are all using double espressos!

Add to the double espresso around 20 – 25 ice blocks, 2 or 3 big tablespoons of the vanilla syrup and BLEND!

Pour into a glass, grab 2 straws and enjoy.

Some important tips

The key to the iced coffee is making a double espresso and using a syrup to sweeten. It doesn’t have to be vanilla flavoured syrup, but that does add a really great flavour. You can easily make sugar syrup at home too. Here is a simple sugar syrup recipe. You can store the exces sugar syrup in the fridge for use later.

15 thoughts on “How to make an amazing Nespresso iced coffee at home”

      1. Never seen that recipe! The only problem I see with it is the sweetness factor. Nespresso, cold milk and ice just makes a bitter cold coffee and plain sugar added for flavour doesn’t do a proper job of sweetening the coffee. It literally tastes like a bitter, but sweet coffee.

        For me, the syrup is the killer ingredient. Makes ALL the difference.

      2. Neha, any of the machines are perfect! The coffee is exactly the same from each machine, it’s just a matter of cost, size and a few other things that are different.

      1. Definitely worth it. Have one at home and office.

        I went down the whole research thing about finding a machine to grind beans I could choose etc, but realised quickly that it gets really messy trying to find beans, machines aren’t that reliable etc.

        Nespresso is so simple to use, machine makes amazing coffee and they really look after you in their stores. Free coffee in store, always.

        Limited edition ranges come out every few months too, which gives even more variety.

  1. Jason – ur recipe is brilliant. didn’t have vanilla syrup so used honey. also frothed some chilled sweet cream for topping. delish! Huge nespresso fan too. thx –

  2. Hello jason. lovely work. im lookin for my first nespresso purchase. ive narrowed it down to Citiz and Lattissima. now where i live, lattissima is $200 more expensive than Citiz with milk. But, i see it has nice features such as automatic pouring of milk. However, one thing i noticed Citiz has over Lattissima is that it can do Cold frothing for iced coffe. (Lattissima doesnt have this feature). i love iced coffee from time to time. so how good is the cold frothing with Citiz? am i losing alot if i go with Lattissima? or is there a way to do it manually etc? your help will be apprreciated. thanks again :)

  3. Love this! Thanks!
    I also enjoy my latissima every single day. I’ve been making something similar only I shake it up in a cocktail shaker! Turns out delicious with froth and mixed well with agave syrup and 2% milk with a bit of half n half :)

  4. Love our Citiz, wanted that Latissima once we saw it in action in the boutique – but have limited kitchen space, plus we use it in RV. The frother is awesome being hot & cold. Machine choice depends what your everyday drink preferences are. Like Hannah says you could use a shaker (great idea), but in the end we felt like the Latissima was more than we needed- not to mention the extra $.

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