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How To Make German Iced Coffee Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Culture, Food, Traditions

Guten Tag! It’s mid-summer and the UK has been sweltering lately, so my usual hot coffee has been replaced with iced coffee. The other day my mum mentioned Eiskaffee, the traditional German ‘iced coffee’, and I felt inspired to share this, quite frankly, amazing beverage with you all so you, too, can make your very own, German Eiskaffee!

German Eiskaffee Recipe

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A cup of black coffee
Eine Tasse schwarzer Kaffee

Whipped cream

1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
1-2 Kugeln Vanilleeis

Chocolate flakes, buttons, or cocoa powder
Schokostreusel, Schokoladenknöpfe, oder Kakaopulver

How do you make German Eiskaffee?

  1. Make your Kaffee as normal, and then leave it to chill for a while.
  2. Pour the chilled Kaffee into a clear glass, making sure to leave enough room for (significant amounts of) Eis and Schlagsahne.
  3. Add a few scoops of Vanilleeis.
  4. Top up the glass with Schlagsahne.
  5. Add the Schokolade to the top of the whipped cream mountain.

And that’s your traditional German Eiskaffee!

Of course, you can experiment with different flavours by using different ice cream, such as Schokolade (chocolate) and Hazelnuss (hazelnut), and/or by changing the topping from chocolate sprinkles to Zimt (cinnamon) or Karamellsirup (caramel syrup), for example.

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So now you know how to make German Eiskaffee for yourself – great! But what’s also great is that, despite the translation of the word, you now know that ‘Eiskaffee’ in Germany (and Austria) is vastly different from the ‘iced coffee’ you get in the UK or US: an espresso poured over ice cubes. Now you can order Eiskaffee knowing exactly what you will be served: this sweet, tasty, coffee-dessert.

Should you actually want a simple, cold coffee, though, what do you ask for? Leave me your suggestions (or experiences of ordering it) in the comments!

Note: You will also find ‘Eiskaffee’ in supermarkets, sold as cold coffee in a can.

If you try an Eiskaffee for the first time after reading this post, leave a comment and let me know what you make of it!

Image via Pixabay.

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About the Author:Constanze

Servus! I'm Constanze and I live in the UK. I'm half English and half German, and love writing about German language and culture. I also work as a group fitness instructor.


  1. Allan Mahnke:

    Great post, great drink! May I suggest something for next winter? If people like this iced coffee, and who wouldn’t, they will also love an Einspänner, which also has a nice “backstory.”

    All the best,


    • Constanze:

      @Allan Mahnke Thanks, Allan! Good idea – I’ve written it down, ready for winter! 🙂

  2. Allan Mahnke:

    Delicious! May I suggest a winter weather cousin? Perhaps next December you might consider a post on the Einspänner.


  3. Michelle:

    I am german and live in the US. If you are trying to order an actual iced coffee like you know in the US in Germany you would call it “Kalter Kaffee” thats plain black cold coffee no ice, no milk, no whip no nothing.