June 07, 2016

The new kid on the block in the iced coffee community is cold brew coffee, and it is stirring up a lot of commotion recently. People love this stronger, more flavorful version of iced coffee, and they also love that they can easily make it at home all summer long. There is a long list of reasons why cold brew is better than your typical iced coffee, and here are just a few of them that will help turn you into a cold brew fan for life.

1. Taste

The reason that is first and foremost in everyone’s mind is that the taste of cold brew is superior to that of regular iced coffee. The method of making cold brew involves steeping the coffee grounds in cold water for at least 12 hours, and this produces a much more condensed flavor. It also eliminates bitterness because of the way the beans are brewed. Hot water causes these bitter elements of coffee to be released, but steeping coffee in ice-cold water prevents this from occurring and causes the beans to have a naturally sweeter flavor overall.

2. Less Acidity

Brewing the coffee using cold water produces coffee with much lower acidity levels, which makes it easier on many people’s digestive systems. If you have a sensitive stomach but love to drink coffee, cold brew is your new best friend. Cold brew coffee has up to 65% less acidity compared to regular coffee because there hot water is not involved which pulls out the oils carrying acid in the coffee beans. The result is a much smoother taste, so whether you have a sensitive stomach or not you'll love it.

3. Cost

Another huge perk of drinking cold brew coffee versus iced coffee is that cold brew can be easily brewed at home, and tastes delicious every time. There is no risk of getting watered-down, diluted coffee from brewing your own cold brew like there is with iced coffee. With the use of a French press, you can brew cold brew coffee at home in a snap. Simply add your coffee grounds to your French press and steep them in cold water for at least 12 hours to extract the condensed flavor, then press down on the plunger after steeping. Pour the coffee over ice and enjoy! This way, you can avoid the long lines at coffee shops and save money. Coffee shops know that people will pay more for iced coffee so they charge almost 30% more than hot coffee. Why spend money every day on an iced coffee when you could make the superior cold brew coffee at home and save it in the fridge?

Overall, we think it is safe to say that cold brew coffee has beat out the typical frontrunner, iced coffee. This summer, try out this cold brew coffee technique! You can thank us later.

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