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Battle of the Brews: Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee

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What even is cold brew

    Whether you are new to the coffee world, or an old friend of the flavorful bean, you have most likely heard of the latest trend in coffee drinking: cold brew.  

    With its smooth taste and distinct flavor, cold brew is making waves in the cups of coffee drinkers all over the world.  

    So it's pretty obvious in the name that cold brew is served over ice. But, how is this different from iced coffee?  

Lets break it down! 


    So what’s the difference?  

Iced coffee:  was "born hot, but turned cold" 

Cold brew:  was "born cold and kept cold" 

Flavor Profile of Iced Coffee:   

    Upon drinking, the flavors your palette receives from iced coffee are identical to those of a hot brew.  

    Depending on your type of coffee, size of grind, and method of brew, you will be left with a drink that maintains the typical acidic or bitter flavor, with notes of the specific blend you happened to be brewing.  

Flavor Profile of Cold Brew:  

    By nature, cold brew changes the flavor of the coffee you’re drinking.  

    The method of extracting flavor from the ground coffee beans changes when the temperature of the water drops. This leaves cold brew with a less acidic flavor, and brings out the nuances of coffee origin in each sip. However, the significantly lower temperature of brewing mandates an increased amount of contact time between the coffee and water, meaning cold brew coffee often needs between 12 and 24 hours for flavors to be fully extracted.   


    While brewing your coffee cold takes a significant amount of time, the rest of the process is simple, making it super easy to bring the smooth and strong profile of cold brew into YOUR home.   


  1. Your favorite blend of Generous coffee 
  2. A coffee bean grinder 
  3. A large container (think 32 oz Mason Jar)  
  4. A cheesecloth OR a French press  
  5. Something to stir with. 

That’s it!  


1. Grind your coffee beans.  

*To make cold brew, you will want to stick with a coarse grind, as it will make the filtration process a little easier, and leave you with a clear, bold coffee.   

2. Place your grinds in your container, add water, and stir it up for a bit.  

*The ratio of water to coffee depends highly on personal preference, and might be something you will have to experiment with to find the best brew for you.  

*If you’re not sure where to begin, a common ratio for cold brewing is ¾ cup coffee to 4 cups water. This will give you a middle-of-the-road strength brew, and is a good place to start when venturing into the homemade cold brew world.  

*If you like stronger coffee, decrease the ratio by adding more grounds or mixing with less water.  

3. When your water and grounds are in your container, the next 24 hours of the journey are simple.  

*If you are using a French press, place the lid on the container, but do NOT press down.  

*If you are using a large container, you can cover it with cheesecloth, or just leave it to steep at room temperature.  

4. Let the coffee steep for AT LEAST 12 hours. The longer the steep, the more distinct the flavor, meaning a 24-hour brew will give you a richer cold brew.   

5. Once you’ve let your grounds soak in the water for 12-24 hours, you can begin the filtration process.  

*If you are using a French press, simply press down on the plunger.  

*If you are using a container like a Mason jar, use the cheesecloth as your filter for separating the brew from the coffee grounds.  

*You will want to have a separate container to pour the coffee into as you strain it with the cheesecloth.   

6. After your grounds are separated from your coffee, you can proudly call yourself a Cold Brewer.  

Be sure to store your cold brew in the refrigerator and enjoy it within 10 days.  

Sip, sip, HOORAY for Generous Cold Brew!   

By: Jordan Green

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