If you a are a fan of iced coffee and frequent your local coffee shop, you have probably noticed that cold brew coffee has become a popular menu option. You may even be wondering about the difference between an iced coffee and a cold brew coffee, which is also served over ice. To help clear up any confusion, here is the difference between these two items.
When you order an iced coffee, you are essentially ordering regularly brewed coffee that is cooled and served over ice. Regular coffee is brewed using hot or room temperature water.
Cold Brew Coffee
When ordering a cold brew, you are ordering a coffee that has been made with cold water. How is this possible? The coffee grounds are steeped in the cold water for an extended period of time.
Iced Coffee vs Cold Brew Coffee
Although these two coffee items look identical to one another, they taste very different. The main difference is that iced coffee is going to taste more bitter than a cold brew. This is because in using hot water, there are more oils released and more acidity to the coffee, so it tastes bitter. Because a cold brew coffee is never heated, acids and oils from the coffee aren’t released, and as a result, that bitter taste is never released. This results in a smoother, bitter-free taste you are bound to love!
If you are interested in trying to make cold brew at home, you should know that it is very simple! There is no need for fancy cold brew pots or iced coffee makers. All you need is a glass container, mesh strainer and coffee filter.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
Cold-brewing coffee means that you will steep coarsely ground coffee beans in room temperature water for an extended period of time. This will create a concentrated syrup that can be later mixed with milk, water, and ice to create a deliciously perfect cold coffee beverage.
Directions to Make Cold Brew Coffee
- In a glass container, combine 12 ounces (about 1.5 cups) of coarsely ground coffee with 4 cups of room-temperature water.
- Let the mixture sit for approximately 12 hours.
- Using a mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter, strain coffee grounds from water
This recipe makes almost 3 cups of concentrated coffee (or 6 servings) that can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. When ready to serve your cold-brewed coffee, mix equal parts of the concentrate with either milk or water and pour over ice.
With summer around the corner, this is a great recipe to have on hand! We promise that this method of brewing will be a success especially for when brewing your favorite flavor from Muddy Waters Coffee Co.!