Coffee Cold brewed or Iced - The Battle that is Raging.
Coffee Cold brewed or Iced - The Battle that is Raging in your Cup.
Coffee. Almost everyone starts their day with it, and then continue throughout the day with various coffee breaks, etc. Why do you think Tim Horton’s or Starbucks are so popular, and let’s mention the other coffee shops. Some roast their own beans, others have a special blend. There is the drip coffee pot, the coffee press, the Keurig, and others that make getting a cup of java easier and more convenient.
So in the summer, we like our coffee cold, but there is a battle on going right now at your local java joint. Iced Coffee or Cold Pressed. To the novice, what is the difference?
Making the Coffee.
I’m using a fresh ground medium roast bean and to make the Iced Coffee, I pour boiling water into the coffee press. Let it sit for 30 seconds, then strain into a carafe to put in the refrigerator to cool. While that is cooling, let’s make the cold brew. Just repeat the coffee press technique and let brew for 5 minutes. Press and pour over ice, I’ll mark this with a blue spoon. For our chilled brewed coffee, pour over ice. I’ll mark this with a red spoon. Add your accouterments and we are ready to taste.
Coffee The Science of it!
Iced coffee from fresh hot brewed coffee is usually the one of choice to give you the strong coffee taste you want and the caffeine . Cold Brewed coffee is something entirely different with the lower water temperature, never above room temp. It takes longer to brew, and gives you a mild flavor. It is also less acidic since the heat releases acidity in coffee grounds when heated.
OK the iced coffee…….just as I expected. A cold cup of coffee. Almost like leaving it on my desk then adding ice to it. Now the cold Brewed….A noticeable difference. It’s weaker, yet still has the coffee flavor, and not as acidic.
Who knew? Enjoy your coffee, hot or cold.