I drink a lot of coffee, and I once had a cold brew coffee and didn’t think much of it.
Now, I’m interested in whether it’s good because I find normal iced coffee doesn’t taste good.
So, I did some research about it to explain why people cold brew coffee and if it’s good.
Cold brew coffee does take longer to make, and you need to let it sit for around 15 hours..
For that reason, traditional hot coffee is easier to make.
In this article, I will explain everything there is to know about why cold brew coffee exists, the best recipe, and how most people drink it.
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What Are the Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold brew coffee is a unique way to make a nice brew. But, are there any unique benefits to cold brew coffee compared to making it with boiling water?
Now that you know the best way to drink cold brew coffee, you may be wondering how to make it exactly, and the best recipe method most people recommend.
Best way to drink cold brew coffee
In general, the best method is to use a French press to make a concentrate.
And then use that to make a hot coffee by adding boiling water.
Almost everyone already has a French press at home and as you may know, they’re used to make hot coffee.
They cost around $20 from a supermarket, or a store like Walmart.
The method to make cold brew coffee is actually very easy, here’s how it’s done.
Start by pouring some coffee into your French press. Because it’s a concentrate we’re using a lot of coffee.
You should fill it up just under half way.
We’re using a 1:1 ratio coffee to water.
It’s a good starting point because once you know how it tastes you can use more or less coffee to get your ideal brew.
Finding your ideal coffee to water ratio
There is a lot of variation across the board as far as how strong cafes and people make their coffee either cold brew or hot.
And you’ll need to experiment to find what works best for you.
You could start small to start with, only pour 1 cup of ground coffee and then add 1 cup of tap or filtered water.
Then mix it together using a spoon, and leave it in the fridge for 15 hours.
It’s usually easiest just to put in the fridge the night before and then you can drink it in the morning.
When you get it out of the fridge, press down slowly on the thing at the top of your French press to push the coffee grinds to the bottom of your French press.
In the same way that you’d make hot coffee using your French press.
Then pour it out into a separate container or bottle.
You might have a glass bottle or jar handy, but in a pinch you can use an old soda bottle.
After that, you can then pour a small amount in a mug, and pour over some boiling water.
The resulting coffee tastes more flavorful and less bitter than the most common way that people drink coffee.
Is Cold Brew Coffee Healthier?
Cold brew coffee and coffee made with boiling water have a different flavor, and you may be wondering whether one is healthier than the other.
I wondered about this too, and got to the bottom of it. Here’s which is healthier…
They don’t taste identical, but taste pretty similar.
Both are made in roughly the same way.
Boiling water heats the coffee grinds and the flavors and nutrients come out very quickly – in about 3 to 5 minutes.
Whereas, when coffee is cold brewed the flavors and nutrients take much longer to come out and it has to be left for 12 hours or more to develop a strong flavor.
But, the overall end result is very close between hot or cold brewed coffee.
And therefore, it could be assumed that the same nutrients are extracted from the coffee beans.
Same caffeine content
Some data suggests that cold brew coffee has much more caffeine than hot brewed coffee.
On the nutritional information for a Grande Cold Brew coffee from Starbucks it says it has 200 mg of caffeine.
Whereas, other sources say that the same sized regular coffee has 40mg of caffeine.
But, when I looked at the caffeine content of a Grande Americano coffee – which is a standard hot brewed coffee, it too has around 200mg of caffeine.
All other nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, and sugars are very small and only account for around 1% to 2% of the total drink.
And therefore, the differences won’t have a large impact on your health either way.
So, drinking cold brew or hot brew is generally up to which makes the most sense for you.
Interestingly, in my experience most cafes don’t serve cold brew that is heated up.
And virtually all of the cold brew you find at a cafe is cold.
However, when I think of coffee I almost always want something hot.
And if I want a cold drink I’ll typically get a soda, ice tea, or fruit juice.
Does Cold Brew Have Less Calories Than Iced Coffee?
If you’re trying to lose weight, or are bulking up and putting on weight, how many calories are in the various drinks and food you consume is very important.
So, if I had to decide between cold brew or iced coffee, which has less…
Another way of saying that is that you would need to drink 200 cups of cold brew or iced coffee to get your calorie requirements for the day.
And most people find it difficult to remember to drink 8 glasses of water a day!
The main ingredients in cold brew or iced coffee that have a lot of calories are sugar and cream.
Here’s a table which shows a breakdown of the different things you can add to coffee and how many calories they have.
|Ingredient||Calories (per coffee)||Percentage of recommended daily calorie intake (heavily rounded)|
|Coffee (iced of cold brew)||5 to 10||0.5%|
|Chocolate flavor – mochachino/hot chocolate||20||0.05%|
Percentage of daily calories according to Nhs.uk
As you can see the ingredients in coffee that add the most calories are cream, and milk.
If you choose to use them. I personally really like cream in my coffee.
The lowest overall are spices like cinnamon, or nutmeg.
Some people use artificial sweeteners like Splenda which is made from corn.
However, they are heavily processed and various complex chemical processes are used to create it.
And the end result is that it contains zero calories.
But, overall the ingredients in coffee don’t have an excessive amount of calories, and as part of a balanced diet is perfectly healthy.
Whether you enjoy iced coffee, hot coffee, or cold brew.
Which Is Better for You Cold Brew or Iced Coffee?
Cold brew and iced coffee taste slightly different, which means they have different amounts of nutrients.
So, I was wondering which is better for you.
Here’s what I found…
Here are the major differences:
- Cold brew has slightly lower sodium than iced coffee
- Iced coffee has more carbohydrates
- Iced coffee has more protein
- Iced coffee has about 10% more caffeine than cold brew coffee
However, the most important thing to note about the differences between them, all of the amounts are so low compared to how much of each of them you should consume in a day.
That it won’t make any difference.
And practically speaking coffee can be regarded the same as water.
And has virtually no effect on the amount of nutrients you consume in a day.