IS IT DIFFERENT TO ICED COFFEE?
Yes! Iced coffee is brewed hot and served cold. You chill hot coffee either by pouring it over ice, or refrigerating it for a few hours before serving. There are drawbacks to both methods, unfortunately. The former dilutes your brew quite a bit, and hours-old coffee is never going to taste super fresh.
Cold-brew coffee, however, is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in room-temperature water for 12 to 24 hours. This creates a coffee concentrate you mix with cold water or milk.
Cold-brew devotees say it tastes smoother than typical iced coffee, and those who are sensitive to acid believe it is easier-drinking than hot coffee. (According to some estimates, “cold-brewed coffee is 67 percent less acidic than hot-brewed.”)
DOES IT HAVE MORE CAFFEINE THAN REGULAR COFFEE?
It depends. Probably not.
You extract more caffeine when you brew coffee with hot water, however, cold brew coffee is typically made with a higher ratio of coffee to water — we’re talking two to two-and-a-half times more — which means it is stronger than if made with a more conventional coffee-to-water ratio.
Cold brew is typically less caffeinated than the same quantity of hot coffee, but a lot of factors affect the caffeine levels in coffee, including the provenance or blend of the beans, and how they’re roasted, ground, and brewed.
CAN I MAKE COLD BREW AT HOME?
Yes! It’s simpler than you think! Just remember to start steeping your grounds the night before you want to drink it. Then, all that’s left to do is strain, pour, and mix with equal parts water or milk. Easy like Sunday morning, even if it’s a Tuesday and you’re late for work. Or you can use our method of making "ready to drink" cold brew that does not need any additives :)
HOW LONG DOES COLD-BREW LAST IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
If you make your own cold-brew, which we wholeheartedly recommend, it will remain fresh 2 weeks if kept in the fridge the whole time and remains sealed after reusing it. Expiry on store-bought, packaged cold-brew varies, so be sure to read the labels.
We have something brewing behind the scenes so watch this space! We are about to make it super easy and affordable for you to make your own cold brew at home!