What is “Cold Brew” Coffee?

With summer quickly approaching, every place that serves coffee seems to be using the buzz word, “cold brew coffee”, but what is it and why is everyone talking about it? Isn’t it just coffee poured over ice? Well, not exactly…..it is over ice, but it is the brewing method that makes it unique and delicious!

Cold Brew Coffee – coffee that is slowly brewed with room temperature or cold water for an extended period. (10-24 hours)

Flash Brewing

I must point out that “cold brew coffee” is not the same as “iced coffee”. They are brewed completely different resulting in a vastly different taste! There is also a new type of cold coffee called “flash brewing” that seems to be hot in coffee brewing trends. (Flash brewing is pouring near boiling water over coffee grounds and then chilling it. )

Iced Coffee - coffee that is brewed hot and then chilled by pouring over or adding ice.

I love authentic cold brew coffee because the slow drip method doesn’t muddle the flavors of the coffee. The coffee is not bitter, but rather full bodied and smooth. The consistent slow drip of the brewing process, highlights the flavors and often brings a natural sweetness to the coffee.

The Yama Glass Tower is the most popular brand you see at coffee shops, but are available for home use as well. I would love to have one, but at $200 I’ll just enjoy the Yama from my local coffee shop table! There is a more budget friendly option that I’m leaning towards which is the Cold Bruer, ($80). It is a slow drip cold brew device designed for the home. It takes the functionality of a Yama drip tower and condenses it into a device that is shorter than a blender. Both are great options for enjoying cold brew at home!

One more way to enjoy coffee that is iced would be an iced Americano. This is a favorite of mine as well, because I always enjoy a good espresso.

Iced Americano – Espresso combined with cold water and poured over ice.

All of these drinks are super yummy for the summer and can be easily enjoyed at home. So, the next time you are in the mood for coffee over ice, you now know the vast differences between them and be able to enjoy making your choice.


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  1. Cold brew is one of my favorites but now you’ve got me wanting to try “flash brew”! Thanks for being my 411 coffee connection!! 🙂

    1. My step father was taking about cold brew coffee this morning. So I got on here to ask you about it. Here it is. so do you like it? Do you have to buy a cold brew machine to make it?

      1. I love Cold brew! It is less bitter and at the bottom of the post, I have products listed via Amazon that easily help you make it at home. 🙂 Message me again if you need any further help via my FB page or email. 🙂 -Crystal

  2. I admit…I was one of those that thought cold brew and iced coffee were the same. I’ve even had a few people attempt to tell me the difference, but your post made it so much more clearer for me. Now I’m getting a cold brew the next time I stop by the cafe!

    1. Oh, I am so glad to help! I hope you were able to get the coffee tip freebie on my site!

  3. Ahh! Thank you for sharing this! It’s actually been something I’ve been wanting try, but didn’t know enough about. Ready to try now!

    1. You’re welcome and I’m glad you can order in confidence now! I hope you will subscribe for the coffee freebie!

  4. Thank you for this article. Very informative. Now I’m going to have to try cold brew. I have a coffee obsession and this might be dangerous for me. Lol

    1. You’re welcome! 🙂 I hope you will stick around…more informative coffee info on the way!

  5. Wow!!! I am learning so much about coffee.. I just thought it was coffee with ice added to it to make it chilled. I so did not know that was such a thing as a cold brew process. Thank you for educating me on coffee. Thanks so much.

  6. I love cold brew! You’re right – it’s so different than iced coffee. I’ve recently started making it at home and now I can’t live without it! Great post 🙂

    1. Check out the recommended cold brew systems via amazon at the bottom of the post and let me know what you try!

  7. That seems like a super cool gadget! I knew what cold brew was from working as a barista, but we did not use the slow-drip process so this was new to me! I love that and now I want one 😉

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