The Difference Between Iced Coffee and Cold Brewed Coffee
Your coffee shop visit will never be the same again (it probably will).
A few weeks ago, while sipping on my second cold brew of the day, my mom sent me a picture of her recent Starbucks adventure. See, it was going to be a long day of work, so she did what any self respecting coffee lover would do: bought a coffee traveler, a "convenient carrier," filled with 96 – yes 96 – fluid ounces of brewed coffee.
First, I'd like to address this situation for those of you who've asked about my apparent coffee addiction. Clearly, it has been passed down through generations and generations – not that I mind it.
Anyway, later that day, after the coffee jitters had come and gone, mom was desperate. What would she do with all of that coffee?
The answer was easy: put it in the fridge for some iced coffee.
Which brings me to the point of this post: what is the difference between iced coffee and cold brew coffee? Much like mom's coffee situation, iced coffee is brewed hot, only to be iced later. Cold brew, on the other hand, is brewed cold. It takes its sweet time – typically 12 hours – which is why you might pay a bit more for the smooth java.
And trust me, you'll notice the difference. Some experts like to compare cold brew to butter – it goes down smoother, and doesn't taste as acidic as the iced coffee we've all come to know and love.
I won't get into my at-home cold brew disaster, but trust me, it wasn't pretty.
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