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Do you ever crave a refreshing cold coffee on a delightful summers day? I know I certainly do! Summer is a perfect time to enjoy a nice cold cup of coffee while walking through a park soaking up the sun. The question is, what type of coffee would you choose? Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee, Which one will it be? Do you know the difference?
In this article, I will be going over the differences between Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee. While both options are an excellent choice for a cold beverage, each one differs from the way they taste and how they are made.
The Differences Between The Two
The main difference between these two types of coffees is how they are made. Iced Coffee is simply brewed coffee with ice. You can either pour brewed coffee over ice or refrigerate the brew and then add ice to it later. Cold brew is made by soaking coarse ground coffee in room temperature water for about 12 to 24 hours. This process creates a highly caffeinated brew that is less acidic and is extremely smooth to drink.
The brewing process of cold brew relies on time. While the ground coffee is soaked, the extraction takes effect. The longer the beans are soaked, the more flavourful the brew will be. These factors also depend on the type of coffee beans used. Since the extraction process of cold brew takes so many hours, this process can extract very complex flavour profiles from the beans. Resulting in a sweet and chocolatey flavoured brew.
Iced coffee, on the other hand, relies on hot water for extraction. Taking 4-5 minutes to fulfil a brew. Iced coffee, is relatively quick, due to the high temperatures of the water. Brewing is done within 4-5 minutes, resulting in a bold, bitter and acidic brew.
Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee Key Points
- Brewed Cold.
- Double the amount of caffeine.
- Smoother and less bitter than your average coffee.
- Chocolatey notes.
- Brewing takes longer, requires planning.
- Pre-made Cold Brew is more expensive than traditional coffee.
- Brewed Hot (Traditional brewing methods)
- Can be cooled using ice cubes or refrigerator.
- Bold, bitter and acidic.
- Can taste watered down, due to melting ice.
- Quick to make.
So there you have it, Cold brew is a smooth, sweet, and flavorful brew that has more caffeine than the Iced Coffee. As for Iced Coffee, you can’t go wrong. Its fast, convenient and a classic choice. Whatever you decide, both are refreshing choices on a hot summer’s day!
Make your own Cold Brew
Make your own Iced Coffee
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