19 Amazing Cold Brew Coffee Facts

crazy by Editorial Staff | Updated on February 1st, 2023

Do you love cold brew coffee? How many facts do you know about this drink? One, two, or five? We would be happy to hear some of the cool facts you know about this fascinating brew. But before you do that, here are some amazing facts about cold brew coffee.


1. No heat is required to prepare it

Cold Brew coffee is steeping coffee beans in cold water for 12 to 24 hours. No heat is required at this time, so this drink is ideal for those summer months when you are looking for something to make you more relaxed, chilled, and refreshed. 

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2. A healthier alternative for those with sensitive stomachs

The heat of brewing regular coffee is a major cause of bitter flavor profiles. No heat is needed when preparing cold brew, so the flavor tends to be smoother, and the brew is less acidic, hence suitable for struggling with sensitive stomachs. 

3. Leftover cold brew can make ice cream, etc.

Even after it has been consumed, cold brew is still valuable. Its concentrate can be used to make coffee ice cream, coffee ice cubes, coffee smoothies, and even coffee-infused brownies. 

4. Contains more caffeine than regular coffee

Regular coffee is diluted with milk, water, or cream, lowering caffeine concentration. Adding water, cream, or milk to cold brew ( nitro coffee) is not recommended because it can destroy the taste.

Essentially, a 16-ounce cold brew can yield about 200 mg of caffeine. On the other hand, a cup of hot brew will yield between 160 – 180 mg depending on how long the coffee is steeped, the coffee beans you use, and how much water, milk, or cream is added to dilute the brew.

5. But what is nitro brew?

Nitro Brew coffee is like cold brew, except it is nitrogen-infused, stored in beer kegs, and served on draft, just like a pint of Guinness. It is served using a beer tap to produce a sweeter, creamier flavor and foamy head. If you love cold, strong, and creamy coffee, then nitro coffee will not let you down.

Bonus! Diluting cold brew concentrate, which contains about 200 mg of caffeine per cup, lowers the final brew’s caffeine content, bringing it closer to regular coffee. Once diluted, the difference in caffeine content between cold brew and hot coffee is trivial.

6. It May lower your risk of heart disease

Cold brew coffee contains valuable compounds that may reduce your risk of heart disease. These compounds include trigonelline, caffeine, phenolic, lignans, magnesium, and guides. They stabilize blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity, and lower blood pressure.

Additionally, cold brew has diterpenes and chlorogenic acids (CGAs that act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

Taking this coffee often can improve your heart health, but it is worth noting that too much caffeine is not good for your health.

7. It tastes sweeter

Compared to regular coffee, cold brew is much sweeter. This is because it has about 67% less acidity than hot brew. Since no heat is required, the acid and oils that accompany hot coffees are softened, resulting in a stronger flavor profile that boosts the coffee beans’ vanilla, fruity, and milk chocolate notes.

Cold brew can be just as smooth and full-bodied as hot drinks but without the bitter aftertaste.

8. It has a subtle flavor profile

Coffee’s bright flavors come from acids and solubles that can only be removed at high temperatures. Because of this, cold brew is gentle on the stomach and acid levels but has a more subdued flavor profile. Selecting high-quality beans is the surest bet for a silky, delicious brew.

9. A great pre-work beverage

Because of their high caffeine content, cold brews can give you the energy you need to start your workout session. So, by sipping it before your workout, you increase your chances of completing your session without feeling fatigued or experiencing muscle pain. Regular coffee has this effect too, but you are better off with a cold brew during summer.

10. Good for dieting

We have seen that adding milk, sugar, and cream to nitro brew is not recommended. That means your cup will have fewer calories, which is ideal when looking to shed a few pounds in summer. The nitro infusion used in the coffee preparation gives the resulting brew a rich, creamy taste, hence no need for additives.

11. May lift your mood

Cold brew is rich in caffeine, which plays a key role in improving our mind’s state. Caffeine consumption has been linked to enhanced mood, especially among individuals struggling to sleep well. Some findings suggest it can be used as a nutritional supplement to boost mood and brain functions in older adults.

12. It has lesser acidity compared to espresso and drip

Cold brew coffee is less acidic than regular coffee and typically smoother and more delicious than iced coffee, which is great news for anyone who has never tried it. All of these features stem from the special way it is brewed. The grounds are soaked in cold water for 8-24 hours to prepare cold brew, as the name suggests.

Hence, cold brew coffee may be easier on the stomach if hot coffee, such as espresso or drip coffee, gives you indigestion. If you want to know for sure, experiment, and if you make it yourself, you’ll have more say over the outcome.

13. It May lower the risk of type II diabetes

Drinking cold brew has been linked to reducing the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Sipping at least 4–6 cups of coffee daily is linked to a lower risk of type II diabetes. These benefits are mainly due to chlorogenic acids, which are powerful antioxidants in coffee. 

Cold brew has also been seen to regulate gut peptides. Gut peptides are hormones in your digestive system that regulate and slow digestion, keeping your blood sugar stable.

14. Very easy to make

You can comfortably prepare a cold brew at home. To brew, do the following 

  • Coarse grind whole roasted beans
  • Add 8 ounces of grounds to a large jar
  • Moderately stir in 480 ml of water
  • Cover the jar and let the coffee steep in the fridge for 12–24 hours
  • Place cheesecloth into a fine mesh strainer and pour the steeped coffee into another jar.
  • Trash the solid collected 
  • Serve and enjoy!

Note to enjoy, add 120 ml of cold water to 120 ml of cold brew coffee concentrate. You can pour this over ice and add cream if desired.

15. Its brewing process does not need heat

Cold brew’s distinctive and treasured qualities come from the lack of heat in the brewing process, but this comes at a cost: twice as much ground coffee and many more hours of brewing time compared to hot methods. For better illustration, remember that the temperature range for extracting hot coffee is between 91 and 96 degrees Celsius (195 and 205 Fahrenheit), whereas that for cold brew is between 2 and 21 degrees Celsius (or 35 – 70 Fahrenheit).

16. You can use coarsely-ground coffee as cold brew

You might be amazed that coarsely-ground coffee tastes great as a cold brew. Hence, if you do not have a coffee grinder, do not sweat.  You can use the supermarket’s massive coffee grinder machine, setting the dial to the coarse/French press setting for a perfectly ground cup of coffee.

17. It May help you live longer

You need to hear this if you are not ready to join your creator soon. Drinking cold brew often reduces your overall risk of death. Antioxidants present in this brew prevent cell damage that can lead to chronic diseases like type II diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, which can reduce your lifespan.

Note that although cold brew coffee has fewer total antioxidants than hot coffee, it contains compounds with high antioxidant activity. Keep in mind that antioxidants help prevent diseases that can reduce your lifespan.

18. It May reduce your risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease

Besides boosting your attentiveness and mood, the cold brew protects your brain from age-related diseases, specifically Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The presence of phenylindanes, nonharman, and harman compounds in cold brew makes it suitable for protecting your brain from these two age-related diseases.

19. It can be heated and consumed hot

You can heat your cold brew and drink it hot. No need to worry since you will still get the same flavor profile. The coffee needs to steep in cold water for 12-18 hours so that the water can absorb the color, flavor, and caffeine. The cold extraction method provides a smoother and sweeter coffee by removing fewer bitter ingredients. Hence, even if you heat it, you’ll still benefit from its great taste.

Conclusion

Cold brew is one of the brews that have a lot to offer. It is good for your health if consumed moderately, is easy to make at home, can help you live longer, and is a perfect drink in the summer. 

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