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Cold brew coffee has become fairly common in the past year or so, but there are some folks who remain confused about the differences between cold brew coffee and iced coffee.

I drink coffee everyday and my beverage of choice is cold brew coffee, summer and winter! One of the reasons I like cold brew coffee is that it is much less acidic, smoother and less bitter than regular brewed coffee.

So what’s the difference?

Cold brew coffee is made using ground coffee beans which are steeped in cold or room temperature water for many hours, sometimes overnight. The resulting brew can be consumed over ice, plain or with cream and sugar, or you can heat it and have it like a regular cup of coffee. Either way, the smoothness and less acid nature of the brew is quite evident.

Iced coffee, on the other hand, is coffee which has been brewed the traditional way, with hot water poured over ground coffee, and the resulting brew is then cooled and served over ice. Iced coffee retains the more acid, more bitter flavor of regular coffee, becuase that’s what it is…regular coffee that has been cooled.

So hopefully if you’ve been confused about the difference, this will help.

You can make cold brew coffee at home, but for convenience I purchase mine. My favorite brands are Chameleon Organic Cold Brew Concentrate, which I mix one to one with water or Slingshot brand ready to drink.

If you haven’t tried cold brew coffee, I urge you to try it. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Let’s eat y’all…!

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