Who else loves cold coffee?! ?♂️ Too many people don’t understand that iced coffee and cold brew are NOT the same thing. As a cold coffee snob, let me help you differentiate…
Iced coffee is simply regular coffee poured over ice. It can be drip, pour over, french press, whatever! But it’s brewed as normal coffee and poured over ice. I have a couple issues with iced coffee though. In most cases, hot coffee is poured over ice, resulting in watered down coffee. Or worse, a ton of places will refrigerate unsold coffee and serve is it as iced coffee the following days. Hot brewed coffee does not keep well, so you may find it kinda sour after a day or two. But the good part about iced coffee is its soo easy to make! You just need a cup of coffee and some ice.
Ah, cold brew. More than just a fad, it is truly the best coffee in my opinion. Cold brew is made by steeping ground coffee in water for up to 24 hours. By slowly steeping the coffee, you actually remove all of the acidity and bitterness or regular coffee. The result is a smooth, bold, and slightly sweet flavor. Plus, it will stay delicious for weeks! The downside is because it takes so much time to brew and requires more coffee beans to produce (since you’re steeping in water, a lot of water gets absorbed, so you net less liquid) it ends up being pricier.
You may be thinking, “so why do I get charged more for iced coffee vs hot coffee if its the same thing?” It’s just a scam, and one of those unfair things in life you have the accept. Regarding caffeine content, iced coffee and cold brew should be very similar. Theres a misconception that cold brew has more caffeine because it ends up getting brewed as a concentrate that you have to add water to at the end. So the concentrate is very caffeinated, but once you water it down (or else it will taste waaayy too strong) it ends up about the same. It’s all going to come down to how concentrated the cold brew is!
The moral of this story is that while not all coffee is equal, its still coffee so it is all amazing. The end.