Why Drinking a Cup of Cold Brew is a Good Idea

Coffee continues to be a staple in diets around the world. From morning to night, people are constantly brewing and drinking their favorite beverage. The inviting, warm drink has been a part of different cultures since it was discovered. However, recent research shows that hot brewed coffee does not have to be your only option.

Coffee consists of several antioxidants, phytochemicals and various nutrients that can be beneficial to the human body. Unfortunately, coffee consumption may occasionally lead to issues such as acid reflux. The good news is that you can still indulge in your daily cups of coffee when they are brewed cold. Coffee that is brewed hot is typically much more acidic in comparison to cold-brewed. Due to the lower acidity levels of cold-brewed coffee, the taste is sweeter and smoother.

Brewing Cold Water with Coffee Beans

The body generally needs delicately balanced pH levels of alkalinity and acidity to heal and function optimally. When the level of alkalinity is higher than acidity, the body thrives and the drinks and food you consume partly determine your pH levels. Drinking coffee that contains a lot of acid can result in your body’s pH being unbalanced, which usually creates discomfort.
For people who deal with such issues when they drink hot coffee, opting for cold-brewed is a worthwhile consideration. You can continue to enjoy the benefits of coffee without discomfort or adverse reactions. If you prefer to drink hot coffee, you have the option of simply brewing it strong and cold and mixing it with hot water. This is a small change in your daily routine that can have a positive impact on your overall coffee consumption.

Basics of Cold Brew Process

Making cold brew coffee is a relatively simply process. It usually begins with steeping ground coarse coffee in water. You can use a coffee filter or alternatives such as nut milk bags and cheese cloths. During steeping, the coffee should be stored under room temperature conditions or within a colder setting to soak for at least 12 hours. Hot-brew coffee goes stale faster than cold-brew which allows you to make a large batch that you can enjoy for a longer time.

Aspects of Cold Brewing

Cold brewing is also known as cold pressing or cold water extraction. Coffee grounds are steeped for an extended period of time in cool water. Room temperature or chilled water can be used.
·         After the grounds have been steeped by using a felt, French press, fine metal sieve or paper coffee filter, they are filtered out of water. This produces a coffee concentrate, which is typically diluted with milk or water and served hot over some ice.
·         It can also contain a blend with ice and ingredients like chocolate. A slow cold brew can be made by dripping water through the coffee grounds over a period of several hours at room temperature.
·         Since ground coffee beans do not make any contact with heated water, the chemical profile differs from traditional brewing methods. Lower temperatures lead to lower acidity and caffeine content and a memorable morning, noon or night coffee break.


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