Coffee these days can now be consumed either hot or cold and with different flavors. While the idea of cold brewed coffee may sound strange to people used to having their favorite morning drink hot, it does tastes good.
What counts is you keep an open mind to the different varieties of coffee available today. This way, you don’t just limit yourself to hot coffee for the rest of your life. Many people have done this and in fact, some of those who have finally tried the cold one have been hooked to it. Even the non-regular coffee drinkers find the cold variety appealing.
Hot or Cold?
As to which between the hot and cold brewed coffee tastes better, it all depends on one’s preference. Many coffee addicts have done experiments on this and found a difference in taste, apart of course from their temperature, between the two.
Some people like the unique aroma and bitter taste of the hot variety particularly when taken in the morning. The bitterness somehow perks up the person as he or she prepares to start the day.
To those who want a refreshing drink with a twist and less bitter taste, the cold variety can be more appealing and flavorful. This makes it ideal for the drink to blend well with other flavors such as chocolate and vanilla.
Interestingly, cold brewed coffee is less acidic and has a low caffeine content.
It has also been observed that with the same amount of sugar dissolved in both hot and cold coffee, the sweetness is more pronounced in the cold variety. This may be due to the fact that cold brewed coffee is less bitter hence the sweet taste can easily be savored unlike when the drink is served hot.
Preparing Cold Brewed Coffee
Making your own cold brewed coffee concentrate is easy. Get 1/3 cup of freshly fine ground coffee preferably from organic beans and mix with one cup of water. Let it sit in a jar with cover for a minimum of eight hours up to a day at room temperature. Then strain the mixture using a filter and voila, you now have your concentrate.
Do make sure to refrigerate the coffee concentrate to make it last. Normally, you can keep it for up to a week. To serve your cold brewed coffee, all you need is to dilute it according to your preference. You can then add milk, cream and some sweetener.
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