If you need a coffee sort of beverage to function every morning, then you are one of the 62% coffee addicts of America.
A game-changing taste made up to the throne and beat the usual iced coffee. That mighty game-changer is part of my daily routine and after reading this, it might be yours too. This mesmerizing taste is cold brew, of course. Like many others, I had pledged my life towards the typical iced coffee to start my day in an oozing summer. But ever since my taste buds got introduced to the mighty taste of cold brew, I am under its spell.
Questions pop into one’s mind every year when the weather transitions to a mighty summer ordeal. ‘Do I shift to iced coffee?’ to fight the summer heat Or ‘stick to the hot coffee?’ and suffer for myself.
Once the summer hits you with the might, you yell in for cold coffee and reject the hot one. Another commotional question narrows down once you make this choice; which coffee, iced or brewed?
First of all, to clear the confusion in the air, Cold Brew is NOT Iced Coffee! They aren’t sisters but cousins, of course.
The cold brew has become the talk of the town and has stolen iced coffee’s thunder. Gradually, the cold brew has made its way up to every nick and corner shops. Popular coffee shops like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have also specialized in the cold brew.
Even though, Olive Strand writes to The New York Times:
There’s no way to rush cold brew. If you’re running a coffee shop, you need to anticipate demand. Every year, that demand is increasing: The United States is becoming a cold-brew nation.
Cold brew menu bars, boards, posters all have been circling so smoothly in our lives. Iced coffee might be feeling lonely. But you only care about yourself, don’t you?
What exactly is cold brew?
For those who have been living under a rock-cold brew is made by almost the same basic ingredients of iced coffee but at different temperatures. In the simplest terms, A smooth, strongly caffeinated coffee is less acidic that can be served hot or cold.
The ‘Cold’ in Cold Brew
The ‘cold’ in cold brew comes from the idea that this coffee is never heated, unlike iced coffee. Want to try? I have got you covered with a DIY recipe.
The recipe for cold brew is no rocket science. Unlike ordinary brewing’s slightly bitter taste, cold brewing has a sweeter taste. Just some basic ingredients and simple techniques and we are there to an Instagram-perfect cup of coffee.
The New York Time's Method
The New York Times also posted a recipe of the cold brew to give the hype an extra effect.
You will need:
The only variable in the cold brew is the coffee beans you use, the total amount you spend to brew it and the amount of milk and water you use to dilute it.
Basic Difference Between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew
Having almost the same ingredients but still so much difference in the ‘hype’ around the world for the two coffees? I’ll tell you why.
First thing comes the brewing method: iced coffee uses hot water to extract coffee flavor while cold brew uses cold or room temperature water.
The most important thing; flavor. Iced coffee gives a thinner, acidic-bitter taste while cold brew the taste is smoother and chocolate. The iced coffee can only be served with ice cubes or prolonged refrigerated but cold brew can be served both hot or cold.
So, lets cut the chase and acknowledge you about the high fives of cold brew.
Why My Choice is Cold Brew?
The caffeine! If you are someone who drinks coffee at dusk and wants the effect all overnight then cold brew should be your choice. Cold-brew is high in caffeine concentration almost an average of double or more amount of caffeine than an iced coffee. According to researchers, cold brew’s coffee-to-water ratio is almost 1:60. Yes, you can pull an all-nighter with the same energy as the noon all by the help of a cold brew.
Interestingly, the sixteen ounces Starbucks cup of cold brew gives you an approximately 205mg of caffeine.
1. Easy for the stomach
If you have been sensitive to stomach issues then cold brew should be your choice. As the latter is less acidic and is easy on the stomach. Upon, research it is proven that people who suffer from sensitive stomachs can tolerate cold brew Coffee better than iced coffee.
It is also reported that iced coffee is a whopping 65% more acidic than the cold brew.
2. Variety of styles
Iced coffee and Hot Coffee might have their varieties but with cold brew the options are endless. Just some twisting, adding and turning of the ingredients and whole lot new thing to savor your taste buds.
Heard about nitro coffee? It is just nitrogen gas instilled in cold brew coffee. You read it right. The beer keg is used to store the coffee which results in a smoother, sweeter coffee and to top it all off a foamy up face. Don’t get afraid, nitro is never mixed with hot milk or ice! Take a relieved breath. So get ready for nitro-speed energy.
Also, not to forget the New Orleans-style cold brew. The only difference in the steeping process is the addition of chicory to the grounds.
The cold brew Soda is a very significant contribution of the cold brew family. If you want a push-up morning but do not feel like having coffee then cold brew soda is your choice. However, it’s not as odd as it sounds- the basic process of cold brew soda is a mere walk in the park
2oz cold brew coffee concentrate, 8oz of soda water, 1oz of simple syrup and some ice make up the delight soda. The different cold brew sodas are made from altering on or the other ingredients. Minty, Mocha, Lemonade, Peaches soda. My favorite is the cold brew Lemonade soda. Try out your favorite one soon.
So basically no scope of ‘getting bored of the same thing’ as we have a sea of options here.
3. Year-Round Coffee
If you are someone with a scorching sun almost round the year and also a coffee maniac then cold brew has got you covered even when you are sweating.
There are two basic options for this cold brew. (Both have their ups and downs)
The immersion process is the usual low maintenance process which involves grounded coffee beans rested for 12+ hours. This process yields a full flavor. Looking for a large batch that lasts for a couple of days? Go for the immersion process blindly.
The method that is difficult to set at home is known as Slow Drip. The latter is the more commercially and industrially employed. The process takes place in fancy glass towers with a top iced chamber, middle coffee grounds and the last chamber of cold brew concentrate. This method can require a little investment but can give results in six hours.
5. Helps in Weight Loss
Ahh, something we all were looking forward to! Weightloss! If you are in a mood to shun those extra pounds through diet then go for cold brew.
The consumption of cold brew after a workout enhances your post-workout energy release or the popular ‘after-burn’ effect. The body can burn calories even after workouts. Although regular coffee also has this effect the extra caffeine in the cold brew is magical.
The caffeine in cold brew coffee increase the number of calories you burn at rest, this helps either to lose or maintain weight, reports Healthline.
So start watching the cold brew recipes if you want that badass body.
6. Small Particles
According to research of the Human Nutrition Research Centre on Aging, bioactive compounds found in coffee decrease cognitive deficits and also improve motor function. Even though these tests were carried out on rats but its believed that it has the same impression on humans also. So the higher the caffeine, the higher the effect.
7. Can be brewed as a concentrate
For me, the brightest side of having cold brew is the coffee concentrate. I can double the number of coffee beans I put in the water per how ‘low’ I feel. If the same is done to hot or iced coffee there will be nothing but a sour cup of coffee which you will reflexively spit. This is because enough water is not added to every coffee bean and iced coffee uses minutes for brewing as compared to cold brew which takes hours.
So these extra hours allow is to add more coffee beans without jeopardizing each particle’s balance extraction.
The cold brew contains Antioxidants which are believed to protect the skin from harmful chemicals such as UV rays. Resulting in a supple, moisturized and fresh skin.
9. Nitro Cold Brew
Sugar is very hard to leave, I second that! So if you are in the same boat as me, then we have a way out. The Nitro cold brew is served without milk, cream and sugar. That’s because the nitrogen inside does the job of the sweet and creamy taste. So it’s pretty much possible to enjoy a creamy chocolatey coffee without counting calories of worry.
10. Mood Boost
Having a gloomy day at work and at home? The cold brew is also found as a mood lifter. So another reason to try it. It has proven to enhance brain activity of older age people and insomnia driven people.
Apart from the heap of health benefits of cold brew, one is its maintenance. Super low and easy-peasy maintenance. Unlike other coffee types, the cold brew does not demand an expensive kit for its production. Its more of a ‘set and forget’ kind of coffee as one brew can easily last a week.
So no morning hustle. The very basic supplies are a mason jar, filtration method, and coffee grounds.
Drawbacks of Iced Coffee
While iced coffee is a hot coffee chilled. That is by either pouring hot coffee over ice cubes or refrigerating it over hours. Unfortunately, these two methods have a drawback; it’s never fresh.
1. Loss of Aroma
The refrigeration for hours robbs it off the aroma and as well as the drinker’s mood. This whole process also leaves certain chemical changes inside the iced coffee.
2. The Acidic Spark
Whereas the cold brew is reported to be smoother and for the people who are conscious about the acid – the iced coffee is reported to have an acidic effect.
By performing the above judgments, I formally declare you as an educated coffee enthusiast in this real-world (receives thank you notes in advance). Now you’re not the little naive toddler who doesn’t know what he is getting himself into.
Although both of the coffees have their love and not love points you know what you know. So just like two brothers who share the same genetic makeup but can be different personalities-cold brew and iced coffee also have their highs and lows.
So do all the math, make one for you and your girl and then stamp on a decision. It’s possible that you like the sweetness of the cold brew but your girl struck onto the acidic crisp of the iced coffee. Gender polarities you know.
So pals, my job here is done now it’s you and your choice of coffee against the world. Don’t say that I did not warn.