Summer is finally here: the days are longer, the weather is warmer and the coffee is colder. It’s the time of year that coffee connoisseurs get particularly excited about cold brew coffee. If you haven’t tried it yet, we’ve broken down exactly what it is and how you can make it at home.
What is Cold Brew?
Cold brew coffee lives up to its name. It’s coffee that’s brewed cold, steeped in water for long periods of time to bring out the essence and then diluted.
What’s the Difference Between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew?
Iced coffee is hot coffee that’s then poured over ice to cool it down. There’s no ice necessary in cold brew – and also no heat at any point in the process. Because heat brewing can bring out the acidity in coffee beans, cold brew is said to taste sweeter than iced (or hot) coffee.
How to Make Cold Brew at Home
It’s not one to be making in the morning rush, because it can take approximately 12 hours to brew. Don’t worry, though – the prep time is quick and easy.
All you need is ground coffee and water mixed together in a bowl. Leave it in the fridge for at least 12 hours, and then pour it through a strainer lined with a coffee filter.