I won’t lie to you, I was a little skeptical when I started seeing cold brew coffee pop up in every major coffee chain like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s just iced coffee, right? Nope, it’s so much better and I’m going to explain to you why it has literally changed my life and made my taste buds jump for joy!
What’s the Difference?
Cold brew coffee is very different than your everyday iced coffee that you can order virtually anywhere. Iced coffee comes from hot or chilled espresso-based coffees that are simply poured over ice after it has been brewed. Cold brew, however, is brewed quite differently. Coffee grounds are steeped in room temperature or cold water for extended amounts of time; anywhere from 12 hours or longer. The coffee beans have to first be ground down and then they sit soaking in the cold water. I know it seems like a lot of work for just a cup of coffee, but it is so worth it!
Where did it come from?
The process that I just explained to you might seem like a no brainer with all of the modern technology we have today, but cold brew has been around since the 1600s, originating from the Dutch. The Dutch first did this as a way to be able to easily transport their coffee with them. Later, when they got to their destination, they could simply heat the coffee up, since it has already been brewed. After the Dutch introduced this idea, the Japanese were intrigued by it and started cold-brewing tea at the same time.
Another theory about how cold brew came about was as a way of practicing the creation of a coffee concentrate. This, in turn, came to be a military ration as well.
What Does it Taste Like?
Taste is going to be different for everyone, but if you prefer your coffee to be simple with little aroma surrounding it, cold brew is definitely the one for you. It all starts with the chemistry of the coffee. When coffee is brewed hot it can often taste sour and bitter because of the chemical reaction that takes place between the coffee grinds and the hot water. This is why many people prefer the smooth taste that cold brewing coffee creates.
Where You Can Get Cold Brew
Cold brew coffee can be found in almost any coffee shop. So if you’re in need of an extra boost of caffeine for a late night of traveling, studying, or making it through those last minute party planning details, I’ll help you out and list some of the best places to find cold brew!
The most popular places you can find a great cold brew are Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. A grande cold brew at Starbucks will cost you around $3.35 while a Dunkin Donuts cold brew will cost around $3.09 – all depending on what state you live in of course. My favorite place to get a cold brew in New York City is Kaffe 1668 in TriBeca. If you live in the area or visiting soon, I definitely recommend checking it out!
We hope we answered all your question surrounding this “new” and popular drink. Looks like cold brew is here to stay so we might as well get acquainted with it! Tag us in your cold brew pics on Instagram @glamandgowns or @Faviana_NY and on twitter @FavianaNY!