For most of us, a day needs to start with coffee, otherwise – do not even approach us.
I can honestly admit, I am one of those people. I do not know what I am doing until I have my double espresso in the morning.
However, everyone likes their cup of coffee differently: Black Americano; Skinny Latte with Sugar-free Caramel; Extra dry cappuccino with an extra shot; Iced Americano with pouring cream; or Extra Wet and Extra Hot Skinny Sugar-free vanilla with extra vanilla and half a shot of decaf coffee. Yes, I work as a barista. My life would be simple if people would only drink coffee, rather than plenty of ingredients with just a bit of coffee. 🙂
Recently, another type of coffee became quite popular – Cold Brew. If you think that it is the same as Iced Black Coffee – it is not. Let me tell you why:
- Cold Brew coffee is steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time rather than using heat. (Up to 24 hours)
- Comparing to espresso-based drinks – Cold Brew is sweeter and less acidic. (Some of the compounds including certain oils and fatty acids, are soluble only at high temperature)
- Sometimes it can have more caffeine than in your usual hot drink because the bigger amount of coffee is used during the process. (Although, it is a choice)
- Hot brew has more antioxidants rather than a cold brew.
- Because of the lack of acids, it is good for your teeth and stomach and has a smoother taste.
The question that has been bothering me was: Is it healthier?
Generally, coffee has many phytochemicals, antioxidants and other nutrients that research has shown as beneficial to us. However, sometimes it can cause acid reflux and similar issues, which is why important not to drink too much of coffee daily.
But recently some of the research shown that these issues can be prevented if the coffee was cold brewed (because it is less acidic).
That is why Cold Brew is an alternative choice for people, who feels discomfort after drinking high-acidity coffee. (It can lead to unbalanced body’s pH)
Coffee beans have essential nutrients as well, which includes riboflavin (it helps to convert food into energy), potassium (regulates body fluids and lowers blood pressure). High temperature while roasting coffee beans, can lead to losing vitamins and antioxidants.
This is how Starbucks illustrates the difference between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee:
It is still hard to answer the question because of the ongoing discussions about either it is the better choice. However, if you want your drink to be less acidic, sweet and strong at the same time, and also refreshing – go for the Cold Brew.
If you decided to do that, it is useful to know that it can be done even at home. You do not have to run to Starbucks or Costa the minute you wake up to get it. But if you have time for those walks to the local coffee shop – tip your barista. 🙂
The process of Cold Brew:
Coarse-ground beans are soaked in water for a prolonged period of time, usually 12 hours or more. The water is normally kept at room temperature, but chilled water is also used. The grounds are filtered out of the water after they have been steeped using a paper coffee filter.
Surprisingly, the way of brewing coffee with cold water was invented a long time ago. Even though it became popular in the United States just in the past 10 years, it is definitely not a new way of drinking coffee.
The first evidence of cold-brewed coffee, using cold water come from Japan. It can be called as Kyoto-style coffee, which was super popular in Kyoto, Japan.
It is believed, that Japanese were brewing coffee like this in the 1600s. One of the suggestions says that the Japanese may have learned about it from Dutch traders, who would have used it as a way to make coffee that could be carried to their ships.
Overall, the choice is completely yours – if you hate the bitterness of hot brewed coffee, go for the Cold Brew! If you cannot resist to that hot cup of coffee, it is fine as well. Cold Brew is a brilliant alternative choice which comes with benefits, why not to have a hot cup of coffee in winter and a refreshing Cold Brew during the summer?