What’s the difference between cold brew and regular iced coffee?
Cold brew is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold or room temperature water for 12 to 24 hours and then filtering it, which results in a smooth, naturally sweet, and slightly chocolate-y flavor profile. Regular iced coffee, on the other hand, is just cooled-down hot coffee.
“Because of the way cold brew is brewed, it’s less astringent and easier on the palate and stomach. It also misses all those unattractive acidic notes found in hot coffee,” says Todd. In other words, cold brew is like regular coffee’s silky, velvety cousin.
Rather than watering down regular coffee with ice cubes, cold brew is often brewed as a concentrate and later gets mixed with water and/or milk.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF COLD BREW
“It’s insane how good cold brew is for you,” Todd says. Here are a few of the potential health benefits you’ll get from drinking it.
It could boost your metabolism.
Just like hot coffee, cold brew has plenty of (if not more) caffeine, which has been proven to boost your body’s metabolic rate by up to 11%.
It may be easier for your stomach to digest cold brew.
Many people avoid drinking coffee for reasons related to acid reflux, indigestion, and heartburn. Cold brew and regular coffee have similar acidity levels, around 5–6 on the pH scale (this can vary), but some studies have found cold brew to be slightly less acidic. This means it may irritate your stomach less.
Drinking cold brew may lower your risk of heart disease.
Drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee (15 to 25 ounces) daily may lower your risk of heart disease by up to 15%, compared to people who don’t drink coffee. In addition, cold brew contains compounds that can reduce your risk of heart disease, including magnesium, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory agents.