Cold Brew Vs. Hot Brew Specialty Coffee

It is spring in Minnesota which means we are all itching for warm weather. As Minnesotans do, we don’t let the fluctuating temperatures thwart our spring plans. One of the ways we embrace spring despite the temps is cold brew coffee. 

Spring is when many people celebrate the opening of cold brew season (even though for many, the season is year-long). 

The fluctuating temperatures may have you switching your coffee order from hot to cold from one day to the next. 

So let’s take a look at some of the differences between hot brew and cold brew coffee.

Your initial thought might be, well cold brew is cold and hot brew is hot. Duh!

While this is true, there is actually a lot more that differentiates these two brews of coffee. 

Brewing technique

Many make the mistake of thinking cold brew coffee is simply hot brewed coffee that has been left to get cold and served with ice. That is actually iced coffee which is different from a cold brew. 

Cold brew coffee is brewed with cold water. Hot brew coffee is brewed with hot water. This difference creates different and unique tastes, aromas, and compositions. 

To prepare cold brew coffee you grind your coffee beans and add them to cold water. The recommended ratio is about 10 parts water to 1 part coffee beans. Cold brew coffee must brew for at least 12 hours, 24 hours is even better! Once it’s ready you simply filter out the coffee beans and store in your fridge. Cold brew coffee is easy to create in batches but definitely takes significantly more time to brew than hot brew coffee. 

Hot brew coffee is prepared by filtering hot coffee through ground coffee beans and can be ready in a matter of minutes. 

Coffee Strength

Many people feel that cold brew is stronger than hot brew coffee. Early research has shown that that may in fact be true. It has been found that using the same amount of coffee, a cup of cold brew will likely contain more caffeine than a cup of hot brew coffee. 

Which is better?

While everyone has their own personal opinions, we can’t choose a clear winner between cold brew and hot brew coffee. They each offer different forms of versatility to create delicious and comforting coffee drinks to suit your desires year-round. Whether it’s a summer spring day or a snowy afternoon, 7 Corners Coffee has your fix for specialty coffee in Downtown Minneapolis.

Whether it’s hot or cold, we have you covered!

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