Hot Coffee vs. Cold Brew: 5 things you need to know


The world has gone cuckoo for cold brew. Coffee as we knew it – coffee grounds + hot water = coffee – is over.
Now there is espresso art, flavored coffees, barista schools, deconstructed coffee, caveman coffee, Japanese style iced-coffee, and the newest kid on the block - cold brew.

Hot coffee, or shall we call it classic coffee, is as it ever was simple, and satisfying, but cold brew is the latest way for coffee connoisseurs to get their daily caffeine hit. It boasts a reputation amongst coffee fanatics that is hard to ignore. So what does someone considering a move to cold brew need to know?

Hot vs. Cold
Classic coffee is made by running hot water over coffee grounds. With cold brew the coffee flavor is extracted using cool water, where by the coffee grounds are either immersed in water then left to sit, or there is a slow, steady drip onto the grounds and the brew is extracted into a vessel below. 
Immediate satisfaction vs. Worth the Wait
Brewing times for classic coffee are usually a few minutes. Brew time for cold brew can be from 2 hours up to 24hrs. 
Sharp vs. Round
Should a coffee lover survive the wait for their cold brew, the taste that awaits them is phenomenal. Cold brew coffee sidesteps classic coffee’s bitter acidity and goes down sweet and smooth. This is because the various oils, acids, and other aromatic molecules typically found in coffee are most easily extracted at about 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit. When you brew coffee at room temperature, less acid forms which results in a smoother taste, and a much better result for your teeth and stomach. 
Concentrate vs. Pre-mix
Cold brewing creates a flavorful coffee concentrate that you then mix with water. This means that cafes offering iced coffee are able to make cold brew and store it for use as needed rather than rely on cooled classic brews
Coffee that keeps vs. consume straight away
Unlike classic coffee, cold brew coffee will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Again, this is a huge plus for folks that are time poor, or buys cafes. Coffee lovers can make a big batch of cold brew and stick it in the fridge for later use.
What you need to make cold brew at home:
Coffee grounds, water, a cold brew coffee maker and patience. The coffee maker can be as simple as a French press, or as high tech as some of the Japanese imports. Check out the various reviews and compare prices to see what suits your cold brew needs best. 

Nguyen Kinh Luan
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