The latest coffee trend is that of cold brew coffee. Like other cold beverages, cold brew has become popular during warmer temperatures of spring and summer. Like iced tea, it is a beverage many people enjoy to cool down, building anticipation of warmer days. It has a natural sweetness, as well as a higher content of caffeine. However, did you know there are other reasons for drinking cold brew coffee, even during cooler months?

Keep reading to learn about the uniqueness of cold brew coffee, whether it is while awaiting the warmer season to come, or as they drift away.

Longer Brewing Process

A cold brew coffee can be defined by its characteristics, which is that of the temperature the water is for the brewing process. Cold brews do not use the same temperature of water in its brewing process as hot brewed coffee or iced coffee, as they are processed using hot water, while iced coffee is then cooled down using ice.

Instead, cold brew coffee is processed using water that is room temperature. The grounds may be setup for a slow drip, or they can be brewed by immersing them into the water. No matter which way is used, the water will be way below 200F, which is the temperature used in the process of making a hot brew or iced coffee.

Since the temperature of the water has a direct effect on the rate of extraction, the cold brew coffee takes a lot longer compared to hot brewed or the iced coffee. With a cold brew coffee taking anywhere from 3-hours to 24-hours to brew.

Cold Brew Coffee Contains More Caffeine

Usually, a cold brew coffee is going to have more caffeine in it than a hot brewed coffee will have. This difference is noticeable in hot toddies and other drinks. That is the reason behind cutting it using either milk or water. So, even if a cold brew has been made using the drip method, it can contain more caffeine than a hot brewed coffee.

Compliment Cold Brew Coffee with Milk

Prized for the natural sweetness, a cold brew coffee will use the extraction rate of cold water used in its production and the water still won’t extract all of the solubles from the coffee, no matter how long a cold brew sits. Some of the extracted solubles are going to be aromatic and flavorful, yet, there will be some that taste bitter and are going to be undesirable. Hence, a cold brew coffee has a tendency of being slightly flatter than that of other brew methods, while at the same time, it will be much sweeter.

It is this natural sweetness that makes a cold brew perfect to add a little cream too. Milk is not usually thought of as being sweet, but it is loaded with sugars, such as lactose. It is easy to identify the sugars in milk when it has been heated up to around 1300F, and this compliments a cold brew coffee very nicely.

When Making a Cold Brew, Use Older Beans!

Freshness is not as significant when cold brewing as it would be in the process of brewing hot coffee. This is because not all of the soluble parts are going to be extracted during the process of a cold brew coffee. A caffeinated cold brew, that will be sweet, can even be made using coffee that is over two weeks old. The reason or this is, the brewing method used for processing a cold brew does not extract all of the soluble parts. Therefore, it does not make any difference if some dissipates while the coffee ages.

Cold brew has a different taste than a hot brewed or an iced coffee, and it’s the sweetness, as well as the double take of caffeine people are loving about it. If there is a little bit of old coffee around, practice making a cold brew and find out what you think about this kind of coffee. Its more than a possibility that you will come to love cold brew.

Although warmer weather may be ideal for experimenting with brewing cold coffee, it tastes so good you won’t want to wait. At the very least, the higher caffeine content may be just want you need through the busy holiday season.

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