Cold Brew Coffee – The Questions. Answered.
As spring slowly brings in warmer temperatures, our thirst quenching requirements go in search of something cool and refreshing, making now the ideal time to set the record straight about cold brew coffee.
It’s time to separate the myths from the facts and segregate the rumour mills from reality. Cold brew coffee is not iced coffee, nor is it a hot coffee gone cold. It’s important that that much is clear, before we carry on.
Clearly, this is something we’re passionate about. The laborious hours involved in sourcing, brewing and serving cold brew coffee is a process which requires knowledge, patience, accuracy and creativity. That’s why it’s incomparable to something so insignificant as an instant coffee which has been disregarded, neglected and left to go cold on a worktop.
What’s the difference between cold brew coffee & iced coffee?
Noticeably, the price, granted. However, it isn’t without reason as to why a cold brew coffee costs more than an iced coffee. The costs are not just inflated in line with coffee snobbery, not when you consider the journey from bean to glass.
With iced coffee, essentially, you can take a hot-brewed coffee, cool it down and pour it over ice. Depending on how attentive you are to the type of coffee you choose, and the process of cooling it, it can result in the coffee flavour becoming bitter and lifeless. Whereas cold brewed coffee embodies a fuller taste, retaining its integrity, through a longer, more meticulous process.
How is cold brew coffee made?
Black Eye Cold Brew, for instance, is strategically sourced by identifying, and selecting, a range of Arabica beans for their differing qualities. Brazilian, Colombian and Guatemalan beans are compiled to make a unique blend, each carrying their own characteristics to complement the final product.
The chosen blend is roasted, ground and then steeped in cold-filtered water for 14 hours, in oxygen free conditions. Due to the fact that the bean avoids both heat and oxygen, the cold brew process brings out entirely different flavour notes.
Is there a difference in the taste between cold brew coffee & iced coffee?
Noticeably, an iced coffee can taste watered down and the texture is almost obsolete. In comparison, cold brew coffee offers up full-bodied, richer notes with a texture which is almost Guiness-esc.
By using time, as oppose to heat, to extract the coffee’s natural oils, sugars and caffeine, you are left with a better tasting, smoother and sweeter caffeine kick. With most cold brew coffee, there’s no need for additional sugars, as it has a natural sweetness, making it a healthier alternative to iced coffee, as well as cold fizzy drinks.
Is cold Brew coffee stronger than iced coffee?
Generally speaking, this debate is susceptible to the varying brewing methods behind the coffee itself, as well as the quantity consumed. Some cold brew coffee creations do have higher caffeine levels than that of a hot brewed coffee/iced coffee, and vice versa. In fact, the variables are quite inconsistent.
The reason why cold brew coffee may taste, or seem, stronger is that it is often made with a higher ratio of coffee to water. But, again, that is dependent to how the cold brew is then diluted. Adding a splash of milk can reduce the caffeine hit, somewhat.
Cold brew coffee concluded.
The areas discussed above are what enables cold brew coffee to stand alone, as an entirely separate entity, within the coffee market.
Hopefully, by answering such queries, the message is loud and clear, when it comes to cold brew coffee. The fact that is it a unique concoction is partly why its proving so popular, as it’s allowing coffee lovers worldwide to experience their favourite refreshment in a whole new way.
Yes, comparisons will still be made, but the true coffee addicts amongst us will continue to dispel any further fantasies about the similarities between cold brew coffee and its inferior sister iced coffee.