Curious About: Cold Brew
What's all the buzz about cold brew coffee?
The elixir of choice for many in summer heat [raises hand], cold brew coffee is not to be confused with iced coffee or an iced latte. Coffee snobs will call you out. Simply put, cold brew coffee is coffee brewed with room temperature or cold water for 12+ hours. And by brewing, all it means is putting coffee grounds in water, filtering it out and pouring over ice (milk optional).
So, WHERE did cold brew coffee come from and WHY does everyone seem to love it?
- The origin story is a bit murky. Depending on who you ask or what you read, the history of cold brew can be attributed to the Dutch, the Japanese, the Peruvians, the French or the Cuban. The argument is over the evolution of the 'coffee concentrate' or 'coffee syrup.' No answer here, other than coffee makes the world go round.
- Less acidity means a smoother flavor making it easier to drink. Bottoms up! For those with discerning tastebuds, it means you can detect the undertones of fruit, chocolate or nuts more easily.
- For the caffeine fiends looking for a jolt, cold brew coffee tends to have less caffeine than regular hot coffee. When using hot water, more caffeine can be extracted from the coffee beans than with cold water. Coffee drama queens will claim cold brew isn't even coffee.
Now that I know how easy it is to make at home, I'm going to give it a try. If it tastes like crap, I'll just call it cold brewed covfefe.
What are you curious about? Leave a comment & let me know.
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