Now that the weather is getting warmer, you’ll most likely hear a lot about iced coffee and cold brew coffee. They sound similar, and while they are both cold coffee drinks, they are not brewed the same way and have different tastes. Both can be done at home with little to no fuss, and both can taste absolutely delicious. Here are the differences, and here is what you need to know about them.
Iced coffee is coffee brewed hot, like in your regular coffee maker, and then poured over ice. There are various ways to accomplish an iced coffee. Some pour a pot of coffee into a glass of ice. Some brew directly into a glass of ice. Others have tried a drip method that slowly drips the hot coffee onto ice, droplet by droplet.
The most recommended method is called the “Japanese iced brew”, and it’s a pour-over brewing process that drips directly into ice. To prevent dilution, it’s usually recommended that one use more coffee grounds than usual. Making ice cubes from coffee, chocolate, or even simple syrup will also help prevent any dilution.
It’s also very important to know that the longer a coffee sits, the more it becomes oxidized and loses its flavor. Couple the oxidation with melting frozen water, and you will have a tasteless drink on your hands. Iced coffee is meant to be consumed immediately. If you need to store it, remove all ice cubes and put it in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
With cold brew you don’t use a traditional coffeemaker at all. Instead, you use a cold brewing process that takes hours to make, but it brews cold, stays cold, and is meant to be consumed cold. There are two different methods, one that will cold brew a whole pot and another that will brew a cup. Check out our past blog post on cold brewing to find the method that works best for your needs and, most importantly, the needs of your taste buds.
And of course, using ice cubes made from coffee or chocolate will also prevent dilution and make the cod brew taste much better.
Try making an iced coffee or a cold brew and let us know which you prefer! Don’t forget to sweeten it up for a tasty cold treat when the sun burns overhead this summer!