Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee

Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee

Too Hot for Coffee!

On a cool crisp fall or winter morning, there is really nothing more satisfying than sitting in your favorite chair, drinking a hot cup of coffee.  But when the winter turns to spring, and the spring turns to summer, that hot coffee just seems to make you miserable and hot.  Some people will completely switch from hot coffee to cold coffee.  In the midst of the cold coffee craze, you get confused on what the difference is between cold brew and iced coffee.  Then there are the crazy folks like myself, that will continue drinking it hot all through the summer.


What the Difference?

So what in the world is the difference?  Aren’t they the same?  To some, it might seem like they are.  But there are actually a few differences, in both taste, and the way they are made.  Let’s check them out, shall we?



Iced Coffee

Let’s take a look at iced coffee first.  Iced coffee is brewed using hot water and is then poured over ice.  This method produces a more bitter and sometimes weak flavor.  But it is relatively quick to make.  When I make iced coffee, I like to make it a little stronger than a regular pot of coffee.  Then while it’s still hot, I add whatever flavors or sweeteners into it.  I’ll it cool off in the fridge first before pouring it over ice.



Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is starting to become very popular.  It is brewed using cold or room temperature water, and can steep anywhere from 12-48 hours.  This method produces a less acidic and a smoother tasting coffee.  This method also has been reported to be easier on the stomach, since it is less acidic.  When I make cold brew coffee, I make it strong, and use it as a concentrate.  I like to mix in just a little bit of water, not quite a 1 to 1 ratio, and then lots of whole milk, or half and half.



Now that you know the difference, which one do you plan on trying next?  I will be posting my method for using a french press to make cold brew coffee soon.



4 thoughts on “Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee”

  • I’ve always wondered if there is a special technique to making iced coffee…I’ve only made it once and just made it in the coffee pot as usual and added ice! It wasn’t too bad but not like you get at a coffee shop, of course.

    • I haven’t done much research on making iced coffee. But I will have a post on how to make cold brew coming up soon. And of course, coffee tastes better when it’s made with freshly ground beans.

  • Hey Chad! Congrats on your new blog! Personally I drink iced coffee at work in the summer, and hot in the spring summer and fall. When I drink hot coffee I use my french press because it makes a stronger, less acidic drink. My wife Kathy was a barista at one time and she introduced me to flavored coffees. Are you going to talk about different coffes from around the world in your blog? I want to learn more about that coffee that is made from civet cat poop. I wonder about its history, I don’t know if I really want to taste some. I just wonder who it was who first looked down on the ground and said “Ya know? I think we ought to boil some of this and drink it!” Visionary or Madman? I look forward to your opinion. -Denny

    • Thank you Denny! I have recently discovered cold brew and love drinking it. I didn’t know Kathy was a barista. Kourtney was one once too. I will definitely be talking about coffees from around the world. I am excited to try out everything and anything I can get. Kopi Luwak is the civet cat poop coffee. I have plans to write about that as well. I would have to think that anyone crazy enough to brew coffee beans they found in poop are just plain crazy. But I guess it might be worth trying out..maybe!

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