What's the difference?
Have you ever been confused about what makes cold brew different from iced coffee? Well you're in luck! Let's break it down.
There's a time and a place for both. We don't need to pick which coffee is BETTER, but we should know what makes each type of coffee unique
- Abe Lincoln if he was around today, probably.
Cold Brew: steeping coarse ground coffee in water for an extended period of time, then straining out the coffee.
Iced Coffee: brewed as hot coffee using any brewing method, then poured over ice.
Cold Brew: 12-24 hours
Iced Coffee: minutes (depends on the initial brewing method)
Cold Brew: less acidic, smoother, and slight sweetness.
Iced Coffee: more acidic & bitter tasting, & may be slightly diluted.
Cold Brew: expensive option. Requires more coffee grounds & brewing time, leading to a higher price.
Iced Coffee: cheaper than cold brew but typically more expensive than hot coffee.
(which feels like a scam, because you're paying for ice)
Cold Brew: generally contains more caffeine because it is often brewed as a strong concentrate (although this isn't universally true).
Iced Coffee: same caffeine content as hot coffee.
Cold Brew: lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Iced Coffee: best taste within 1-2 days.
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