10% Off Any Order of 2 or More Items - Code: DOUBLE

Is Cold Brew The Same Thing As Iced Coffee?

Is Cold Brew The Same Thing As Iced Coffee?


The terms “cold brew” and “iced coffee” are often used interchangeably, but there is a big difference between the two.

They taste different, are made differently, and have different caffeine levels.

However, cold brew is iced coffee.

But... iced coffee isn't necessarily cold brew. In fact, most of the time, it isn't.

In essence: all cold brew is iced coffee; not all iced coffee is cold brew.

Does that sound too much like a confusingly-worded SAT question meant to test your patience more than anything else?

I agree! So let's take a closer look at the differences and similarities.

Comparing Iced Coffee to Cold Brew

What is Cold Brew?

Cold brew is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period of time, usually 12 hours or more.

What is Iced Coffee?

Iced coffee is regular hot-brewed coffee that is poured over ice.

Comparing How Iced Coffee and Cold Brew Coffee are Made:

There are a few ways that cold coffee is made in coffee shops:

The first is by brewing a pot of coffee using room temperature or cold water, and then pouring it over ice. This is the same way most people make iced coffee at home.

The second way is to make a concentrate by brewing a pot of coffee using twice the amount of grounds, and then diluting it with an equal part of water. This concentrate can be refrigerated for up to two weeks and poured over ice when needed.

Yet another way is "flash chilling" hot brewed coffee: pour the hot coffee into a container filled with ice cubes, wait until it's cooled down, and then remove the ice cubes.

The last is what we call "cold brewing," that is, steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an (extremely) extended period of time—about 12 to 24 hours.

Comparing the End Products: Does Cold Brew Taste Like Iced Coffee?

The cold brewing method produces coffee that tastes nutty, as well as a bit sweet. There's also a lot of "mouthfeel" to cold brew—it's creamy, even when there's no cream added.

Iced coffee, on the other hand, is just regular hot-brewed coffee that is poured over ice. It's usually made with stronger coffee so it doesn't get watered down when the ice melts.

So, while cold brew and iced coffee both have coffee and ice, the similarities pretty much end there. The taste, texture, and mouthfeel of cold brew are noticeably different from iced coffee.

If you're looking for a refreshing, cold drink that is less acidic and has a sweet, nutty flavor, cold brew is the way to go. If you're in the mood for something quicker to make that is still robust and flavorful, iced coffee is the drink for you. (Just make sure to use coffee ice cubes so your delicious iced coffee doesn't get watered down!)

Want a ready to drink cold brew for the road? Check out Black Insomnia’s highly caffeinated Cold Brew Cans.

 

Want More Coffee Content?

Related Posts

Black Coffee vs Green Tea: A Full Comparison
Black Coffee vs Green Tea: A Full Comparison
Coffee or tea? It's the eternal question. When it comes to comparing black coffee to green tea, it's mostly a matter of
Read More
Does Kahlua Have Coffee (or Caffeine) In It?
Does Kahlua Have Coffee (or Caffeine) In It?
When it comes to creamy liqueurs like Bailey's Irish Cream and Rumchata, there's always the lingering question of what,
Read More
6 Reasons Eating Coffee Beans Can Be Healthy
6 Reasons Eating Coffee Beans Can Be Healthy
Did you realize that the coffee beans we brew coffee every morning are the coffee fruit's seeds? Coffee beans are not on
Read More

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published