This past summer, I had the pleasure of sampling cold brew coffee at my local Starbucks store. I had tasted iced coffee numerous times before, but never cold brew specifically, so I was quite intrigued as to what the difference between the two was.
Holy moly, cold brew is infinitely better than iced coffee, in my opinion.
You may be wondering what exactly cold brew coffee is. It’s essentially coffee that is brewed with cold water, rather than hot water, and is left to brew for 12-24 hours.
I realize that it may not sound like anything overly significant, but I was, and remain to be, positively blown away by the unbelievable taste of cold brew coffee, especially Starbucks’. I did some research and learned that Starbucks’ cold brew blend is brewed for 20 hours and contains notes of chocolate and citrus. It is positively divine.
For those who do not wish to pay five dollars for a cup of cold brew, which is completely understandable, you can make cold brew coffee at home. For Christmas, I received a cold brew kit from my parents from The Pampered Chef, and it is incredibly simple to use. It can be used to make cold brew coffee, tea, iced tea, and infused water because of its unique centre. You can make cold brew coffee with this kit using any coffee blend you like, and it is far cheaper to own one yourself than to rely on Starbucks in the long run.
As far as I know, Starbucks is one of the few coffee chains that offers cold brew, but I imagine it will become more popular in the near future. It has only been around for five years or so, but if people enjoy it as much as I do, I imagine it will be around for a long time.