But is it healthier? Let’s take a closer look at cold brew coffee and Iced Coffee.
- The most significant difference between cold brew and iced coffee seems to be in the brewing process.
Cold brews are made by steeping ground beans in water for 12-24 hours at room temperature. This process extracts more flavour molecules from the beans, creating a richer taste with fewer acidity levels and less caffeine.
- Cold-brew also contains about 20% less acid than its hot counterpart; this helps it that delicious flavour that people love so much.
- Cold-brew is rich in antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory that may help to boost metabolism. Unfortunately, extracting these same beneficial compounds from iced coffee is virtually impossible.
- Another factor that sets cold brews apart is the lower acidity level. Cold-brew (acidity level of fewer than 200 milligrams per 8 ounces) is exceptionally well tolerated by most people, even people with high stomach acid levels or specific stomach issues.
The higher acidity levels of iced coffee can be a problem for people with heartburn. Heartburn happens when stomach acid is regurgitated up into the oesophagus, damaging it. Iced coffee (pH level of 3.5) can cause heartburn, which is why many doctors recommend avoiding it altogether.
- Cold-brew is also much easier on your teeth. It has a pH level of 5.8, which means your teeth are safe and sound. On the other hand, Iced coffee’s low pH level (3.5) can erode tooth enamel.
- Lastly, cold-brew is much easier to make and doesn’t require ice. You can make it a few days in advance and store it in the refrigerator in almost any container.
On the other hand, most people find making iced coffee difficult without producing an overly diluted beverage. Also, if you use paper cups or plastic cups, they may get soggy, which ruins the entire taste experience.
Conclusion: Iced coffee vs cold brew, which is healthier?
Cold-brew coffee tastes better than iced coffee. It is less acidic, and the flavour is more balanced. Iced coffee tends to have sour notes that make the coffee taste a bit less pleasing and more watery.
If you don’t like acidic coffee, cold brew is the way to go! Don’t let your coffee be any less than perfect.
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