Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee: What's the Difference?
Jan 18, 2021
After 2020, even the most casual of coffee drinkers have familiarised themselves with ‘cold brew’, at least by name alone. Coffee fans know that cold brew is quite different than a traditional iced coffee. The cold brewing process has fresh coffee grounds steeped for at least half a day.
It’s smooth and rich, less acidic and less bitter — it’s familiar yet different.
It’s time, rather than heat that extracts the flavor, caffeine, and sugars from the coffee beans. The steeping process is more sympathetic to the coffee bean, so you don’t end up with the bitter or acrid notes that heat can produce.
But really, what’s the deal with cold brew coffee and it is worth the price tag?
5 Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee
1 - Extra Caffeine Kick
Thanks to the long steeping process and the fact that cold brew’s coffee-to-water ratio is reckoned to be approximately 2 to 2.5 times more than typical coffee brewing methods. Whoa! That’s a lot of caffeine right there.
However, most cold brewers dilute their cold brew concentrate with milk, cream, or water. This process reduces the caffeine concentration. There are several variables that affect the caffeine content:
- The origin, blend and roasting method of coffee beans used
- The duration of steeping
- Ratio of milk, cream, or water used to dilute the brew
2 - Assists with Weight Loss
With its high caffeine content, cold brew coffee is effective in aiding weight loss!
How? Well, by drinking a cup of cold brew or nitro following a workout, you’ll increase your post-energy expenditure or achieve the elusive ‘after-burn effect’. The after-burn effect is the term used to describe the body’s ability to continually burn calories even after a work-out.
We recommend getting Black Coffee if you’re thinking of achieving your weight loss goals with cold brew. Chocolate, dairy and sugar products definitely do not help ;)
3 - Less Acidic
Heat from traditional brewing methods could produce a bitter or acidic extraction. Since cold brew coffee eliminates the use of heat entirely in the process, the flavour tends to be smoother and the coffee less acidic.
Those who have sensitive stomachs or suffer from acid reflux are generally better at tolerating cold brews.
4 - Longer Shelf (Fridge) Life
This is one of the biggest reasons why cafes in Singapore turned to cold brew coffee for sales when the Circuit Breaker first happened. Because of the entirely cold brewing process, cold brew coffee lasts longer in the fridge as compared to an espresso-based Iced Latte cooled down in the fridge.
Our bottles generally lasts a good 5-7 days well-chilled.
This is useful for gifting, because you’d likely get a few bottles and your recipient can have the drinks as and when they would like them instead of having to consume them by the day.
5 - Tastes Great!
One solid benefit of cold brew over regular coffee is that cold brew tastes smoother, sweeter and more full-bodied because of the slow extraction process.
In the making of regular coffee, hot water releases the coffee's natural acids which gives your cup the bright, acidic flavors that are generally prized by coffee connoisseurs. “But now many prefer the rich, less-bitter, naturally sweet, even caramel notes produced in cold brew”, says Beth Ruge, Director of Nutrition Science and Professional Affairs at the Heartland Group.
If you have yet to try cold brew coffee for yourself, get some from us at communioncoffee.sg today!
Here’s a special discount code just for first-time customers - COMMU2021. Welcome to the world of cold brewed coffee!