The Health Benefits of Cold Brew and How to Make It at Home
Cold brew is all the rage these days. You can find it pre-bottled in supermarkets, sold at every coffee shop, and even made at small food truck vendors. Many rave about cold brew, but did you know there are added health benefits to drinking it?
First, let's break down what cold brew actually is. Cold brew is coffee that is extracted via the combination of coffee grounds, room temperature or cold water, and time. As opposed to hot coffee, cold brew takes much longer to make, but the results are starkly different.
We'll give you the down-low of why this sleeper hit is actually good for you:
- It's less acidic! Sensitive tummies can rejoice. Slow extraction allows compounds in the beans to steep without being too harsh
- Like matcha, cold brew is also a slow release caffeine dose as opposed to the sudden jolt felt when drinking espresso or other hot coffee – say goodbye to afternoon crashes!
The great thing about cold brew is that you can make it in advance and in batches, so it's a no-stress, no-brainer situation. Lasting up to 10 days in the fridge, cold brew can be diluted and used in most coffee drink recipes (including ours).
Interested in learning how to make cold brew at home? Well, you'll need coffee, water, and a container to start. We recommend a 1:5 ratio of coffee to water for smooth drinking and decreasing water amounts for stronger concentrates to be diluted. For more detailed instructions, read our full guide here.
As always, there's no right or wrong when it comes to coffee and it's a subjective experience unique to each individual. That said, different coffees will yield different flavors when prepared using various brew methods. if you've never had cold brew Vietnamese coffee, you're in for a treat.
Make unique coffee drinks with cold brew using these recipes.