What’s the difference between cold brew and iced coffee?
Cold brew is actually steeped in cold water for a long period of time to extract the brew. Iced coffee is simply hot coffee, cooled down and poured over ice. Usually, iced coffee is brewed at double or triple strength to make up for the dilution when it’s poured over ice Unfortunately, iced coffee can be a bit bitter because of this. Cold brew takes a good 18-24 hours, which requires advanced planning.
The real difference, however, is the smooth and bitter-free taste that has made cold brew a staple for hot, sweltering caffeine addicts everywhere. Unlike iced coffee, cold brew is brewed at a regular strength over a longer period of time, allowing for less bitterness. Because Flax Coffee has compounds in it that actually neutralize the acid of coffee, this particular cold brew is a mind-blowingly smooth and refreshing one that will be your new BFF this summer.
Recipe: Flax Coffee Cold Brew
- Sterilize a large jar with a lid, like a large mason jar. The easiest way to do this is to boil it or wash it in a dishwasher on the hottest setting.
- Put your grounds at the bottom of the jar and pour water over it. The ratio should be roughly 1:8 (grounds to water).
- Stir gently and allow the coffee to brew in the refrigerator for about 24 hours.
- Strain over a sieve. You may need to do this a few times to filter out all the coffee sediment.
- Due to the low acidity, your cold brew will stay good for about a month in the fridge. Serve however you like.
Cold brew fans swear that they’ll never go back to iced coffee again. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.