Are you a coffee enthusiast that wants another way to enjoy your favorite morning pick-me-up? Bored with your current relationship with coffee? See which cold brew coffee maker can help jazz up your next cup of joe.
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What Is The Difference Between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee?
Let's start out with the one thing these two kinds of coffee have in common. They're both delightfully delicious and will give you that extra boost you need to get through the day.
However, they are brewed and served in completely different ways. Here's how you make and serve these two caffeinated (or decaffeinated if you're into that) treats.
Cold Brew Coffee
This type of coffee is simply brewed without using heat. This is done by steeping coffee grounds in water for extended periods of time until you get the perfect cup of java.
But why would you want to wait even longer to get your morning cup? Brewing coffee in this manner is preferred because of the lower acidity levels. If you're someone trying to cut down on the amount of sugar or cream you add to your coffee, cold brew has a much more mild and creamy taste.
I like to think of iced coffee as the busy person's way of salvaging a forgotten cup of coffee. While this isn't truly accurate, it is a good solution for that cup of joe you forgot.
Iced coffee is just regular brewed coffee that is allowed to cool and then served over ice. It's the perfect treat for a hot day or if you're just not in the mood to sip a piping hot mug.
One other thing that is different between the two different types of coffee is the caffeine content. Since the coffee is allowed to sit in the water longer while brewing with cold brew coffee, the caffeine content does tend to be slightly higher.
How To Use A Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Cold brew coffee makers are incredibly simple to use. Once you try it for the first time, you won't believe you waited so long to give it a shot. Here's how you do it:
- Fill the pitcher with filtered water
- Add freshly ground coffee to the filter of the cold brew coffee maker
- Place filter of ground coffee inside of the pitcher of water
- Allow to steep overnight
Remember that this will be a COFFEE CONCENTRATE when it is finished. You will want to slightly dilute this concentrate with water, cream, or milk to enjoy.
What Kind Of Coffee Is Best For Cold Brew?
If you drink coffee as much as most people drink water, you might be tempted to reach for the less expensive grounds to make your habit a little more affordable. However, if you're making coffee in a cold brew coffee maker, you'll want to splurge a little on a higher quality bean.
For the best results, buy whole beans and grind them at home. If you're new to this, read my article on how fine to grind your coffee beans. For cold brew, you'll want a more coarse grind so it doesn't seem through the filter as easily.
How Long Does Cold Brew Coffee Last?
Well, it all depends on how much coffee you drink. I know a pitcher of cold brew coffee wouldn't make it through more than a day or two in my house.
If you're worried about how long it will stay safe to drink, you can leave your delicious cold brewed coffee in your refrigerator for up to two weeks. But once you try it, I can almost guarantee it won't last that long.
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Originally Published October 23, 2020