Cold brew coffee has been gaining popularity in recent years, and for a good reason. This unique brewing method produces a smooth, less acidic coffee packed with flavor. Let's explore some key differences and why we believe cold-brew coffee should be preferred over hot-brewed coffee.
The first and most obvious difference between the two is the brewing method. Hot brewed coffee is made by pouring hot water over ground coffee beans, which extracts the flavor and caffeine from the beans. This produces a robust and full-bodied beverage that is typically served hot.
In contrast, cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarsely ground beans in room temperature or cold water for 12 to 24 hours. This produces a much less acidic coffee concentrate and has a smoother, less bitter taste than hot brewed coffee. The longer extraction process also results in a well-balanced, highly caffeinated coffee that allows for a more nuanced flavor profile - which means you really get to taste the notes of chocolate, nuts, and fruit. In comparison, hot brewed coffee can sometimes taste harsh and bitter.
The differences between cold brew and hot brewed coffee go beyond the brewing method and the resulting flavor. Cold brew coffee is also more versatile. The concentrate can be served over ice or mixed with hot water or milk to create a warm beverage/latte. It can even be used in cooking and your favorite cocktails (we looove a good ol' espresso martini!).
Health Benefits of Cold Brew
One of the most significant advantages of cold brew is its lower acidity. Cold brew may be the better choice if you're sensitive to acidic foods and beverages, as it is less likely to cause heartburn or upset stomach.
Cold brew is the way to go if you want a unique, flavorful, smooth, and delicious coffee experience! But don't take our word for it; give Upstate's Cold Brew a try - we promise you'll love it.