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?
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.