Cold brew coffee is one of the biggest coffee trends these days, with swaths of people lining up to drink the delicious brew. A lot of people are unsure of the difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee. We’re here to help sort out this whole iced coffee/cold brew situation.
Iced coffee is just regular old hot brewed coffee that is cooled before adding ice to it. Iced coffee is more bitter than cold brew since it was brewed with hot water, and some even say the cooled-down coffee weakens the taste.
On the contrary, cold brew coffee is brewed without ever getting hot (hence ‘cold brew’). Grounds are mixed with room temperature or cold water and then strained after 12-24 hours of brewing. Many cold brew lovers brew on their countertops or in the refrigerator. The great thing about cold brew coffee is that it can be enjoyed hot or cold after brewing. Simply throw some ice in it for a cold brew iced coffee for those sweltering summer months, or throw it in the microwave for a hot cup of brew. Cold brew is brewed as a concentrate and thus has 3 times the caffeine as traditional coffee.
Since cold brew coffee is brewed with cold water instead of hot water, cold brew has more than 50% less acid than hot brewed coffee. That is the biggest difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee!
Cold-brew makers to make it a bit easier
One of the biggest complaints about cold brew is the time and effort it takes to make. We’ve addressed that by bringing some pretty fantastically nifty products to market to make cold brew coffee.
1. Cold Brew + Travel 20 oz. Glass Bottle with Sleeve
Cold Brew Coffee - on the go. This Cold Brew Bottle is a 20 oz. borosilicate glass coffee bottle with a stainless steel filter and black neoprene sleeve with carrying handle.
It has a removable double-layer micro-filter built into the base allowing for cold brewing of your favorite coffee, to go.
BPA Free and dishwasher safe.
2. Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker
For those who drink a lot of coffee or have other people in the home enjoying cold brew, the Burke cold brew maker is the perfect solution. Brew a distinctively smooth and perfectly balanced cup of coffee at home. Brew your perfect cup by placing coffee grounds in the fine mesh brew filter and soaking the grounds in room temperature or cold water for 24 hours. Simply remove the filter and pour it into your glass or over ice. The pitcher, lid, and brew filter are top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
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