As the weather gets warmer, the days get longer, and the sun shines brighter, the demand for ice cold coffee increases, but what type of iced coffee exactly is right for you? Today, there are options beyond the common ice blended treat and a house brew served over ice. Cold brew has gained quite a bit of popularity over the last few years, and it’s milder, smoother flavors leave many wondering what type of processing results in a beverage so similar and dissimilar to brewed coffee, cooled and served over ice.
Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee
Cold Brew is created by steeping coffee in room temperature water for 12 hours or more and filtering out the grounds for a clean cup without sediment. Unlike regular coffee, cold brew is never heated. Cold brew uses time, rather than heat to extract the coffee’s sugars, oils, and caffeine resulting in a cleaner, more delicate flavor profile.
Iced Coffee is hot coffee that has been cooled and poured over ice — the complexity of flavors is a direct result of the application of heat, often resulting in a bitter, earthier flavor.
Both cold coffees have their selling points; lovers of a biting, bold brew may opt for iced coffee, while folks who appreciate a more complex, nuanced coffee experience may more enjoy a tall glass of cold brew.
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IMG SRC: cold brew coffee by Nina Nelson