When it comes to cold coffee, we hear the terms “cold brew” and “cold press” quite often, and we’ve written article on both topics (see above), as they’re different.
Now, that said, one thing you should know about all cold coffee is that it technically is better for the taste of your coffee than brewing hot coffee.
We’ve spent some time talking about the effects of too much heat in certain circumstances having an adverse affect on coffee beans when they are ground up, but the elephant in the room here is that heat itself isn’t necessarily good for coffee, in terms of flavor.
Yes, with the right burr grinder you can grind your beans and brew delicious coffee or espresso, because of the way that the burrs handle the grinding. This is all well and good.
But the process of making cold coffee is different. Yes, it takes a lot longer to make a cold brew properly, but arguably the rewards in terms of flavor can be greater due to extraction process used.
When the summer weather hits, cold coffee is there for you and you don’t want to miss out! There are many different ways to prepare it, and many different cold coffee makers you can use.
Today, we are going to cover almost everything related to cold coffee, from the benefits of cold brew coffee to recipes on how to make this amazing brew at home.
Stay with us to read more about:
Benefits of cold brew coffee
What’s the difference between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee
What is Nitro coffee?
How to make cold brew coffee at your home?
We’ll start by explaining all the benefits of cold brew coffee over standard coffee…
Benefits of cold brew coffee
A cup of cold brew coffee has many benefits over a cup of steaming hot coffee. Stay with us as we bring you some of the best benefits of cold brew coffee.
Cold brew coffee has more caffeine
Thanks to the long steeping process, coffee to water ratio in cold brew coffee is around 1:60. Coffee to water ratio in the usual drip coffee is around 1:30. Yes! That’s a lot of caffeine right there.
However, as the cold brew coffee is usually diluted with milk, cream, or water, the caffeine concentration is often reduced.
Here are some other variables that will affect how much caffeine will be in your coffee:
The size of the coffee grind that you use
The type of coffee that you use
The total tome you steep your coffee for
The amount of milk, cream, or water you use to dilute your brew
Cold brew coffee can help you lose weight
Yes! Cold brew coffee can help you lose weight. Wonder how? Well, thanks to its high caffeine concentration, cold brew coffee can help you become fit and slim.
A cup of cold brew coffee or a cup of nitro coffee after a workout will increase your post-energy expenditure, or after-burn effect.
Not sure what the after-burn effect is? To put it simple, the after-burn effect is the body’s ability to continue burning calories after working out.
Regular coffee also has the after-burn effect. However, you will burn much more fat by increasing your caffeine concentration with a cold brew or a nitro coffee.
Yes, thanks to cold brew coffee, you can lose weight from the comfort of your home.
Cold brew coffee makes you smarter
The caffeine from your cup of coffee increases the flow of blood running to your brain, thus boosting your brain’s cognitive function.
Several researches have shown that the bioactive compounds from coffee can reduce cognitive deficits, and improve human’s motor functions.
The higher the caffeine content of the brew, the bigger brain boost you receive.
Cold brew coffee is good for people with sensitive stomachs
The heat from the hot water can affect the flavor of your coffee.
No heat is used in the process of making cold brew coffee, so the coffee flavor is much smoother and the coffee is less acidic.
That’s why people who have sensitive stomachs or suffer from acid reflex usually tolerate cold brew coffee much better than hot coffee.
Cold brew coffee can extend your life
Yes! That’s right. Drinking cold brew coffee could extend your life. Several researches have shown that drinking a daily cup of coffee can be good for your
overall health and may even extend your life.
How is that possible? Well, here is how cold coffee benefits your health:
Coffee increases your body’s fat-burning capabilities
Coffee increases insulin sensitivity
Coffee decreases the risk of dementia
Coffee also tastes great. So, what’s there not to like about coffee?
Cold brew coffee makes you look young
Coffee is undoubtedly the best brew for anti-aging effects. That’s because of antioxidants found in coffee.
Antioxidants protect your skin from harmful chemicals found in the air and from the damaging UV rays
This helps you keep your skin supple, moisturized, and youthful.
Next, we explain the difference between iced coffee and cold brew coffee…
What’s the difference between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew Coffee?
When you go to your favorite coffee shop, you are always presented with two options: iced or cold brew coffee.
Both of these are cold and both come with ice. So, what is the difference between them?
Well, the main difference is how they are made. Here is how they differ:
Iced coffee is exactly what it sounds like – it is regularly brewed coffee served over ice.
The method of making iced coffee is rather quick – all you need to do is brew as normal, cool it down for a couple of minutes and pour it over ice.
However, this method dilutes the coffee by making it watery.
To prevent this from happening, make your coffee extra strong by doubling the amount of ground coffee you use when making your coffee.
Cold brew coffee
The process of making a cup of cold brew isn’t as simple as the process of making a cup of iced coffee. In order to make a cup of cold brew, coarse-ground coffee needs to be steeped in cold water for at least twelve hours.
The longer your coffee sits, the stronger the flavor of your cup.
Once the steeping is completed, the coffee grounds are filtered out, leaving you with a coffee concentrate that can be mixed with either milk or water and served over ice.
As cold brew coffee uses time instead ow heat to extract the coffee’s sugar, oils, and caffeine, it is generally less acidic and bitter than ice coffee.
Next, we explain what Nitro coffee is and how it differs from regular cold brew coffee…
What is Nitro coffee?
Nitro coffee is a type of cold brew coffee which is infused with the colorless and odorless nitrogen gas in order to improve its taste and texture.
Unlike regular coffee, nitro coffee is usually served directly from the tap and is enjoyed cold rather than hot. What sets nitro coffee apart from regular coffee is a thick and creamy texture.
Similar to many other beverages, nitro coffee is infused with gas bubbles that alter the mouthfeel.
However, while other beverages are produced using carbon dioxide, nitro coffee is produced using nitrogen gas.
This gas gives it a frothy, foam-like texture and very smooth moutfeel that is very often compared to beer.