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Who invented cold brew?
In the world of coffee brewing, there are several different methods, but the one that gets special attention today is cold brew. It dates back to the 1600s and it started in Kyoto, Japan. The Dutch were the ones to introduce cold brew coffee to the Japanese and soon after the Kyoto-style cold brew coffee was invented. Although in Europe coffee was mostly consumed as a hot drink, the Dutch introduced the cold brew to the East because they could brew a large quantity of coffee that wouldn’t expire during overseas traveling.
The method seems more like a science experiment than a method for making your cup of coffee, but that is where the beauty lies. It is art.
How is Kyoto Cold Brew made?
As opposed to immersion style coffee making processes that submerge coffee grounds in water for 10 to 24 hours, Kyoto style cold brew is made by slowly dripping water over coffee grounds using a drip rate valve and a large container filled with cool to cold water.
There are several steps during its process you should pay attention to and they are:
- Water Quality
- The Best Cold Brew Coffee Beans (we’ve found a great article on the what are best coffee beans for cold brew)
- Flow Rate – aim for 1 drop per 3 seconds
- Brew Time (6-12hours)
Why is Cold Brew so popular?
Cold brew is definitely popular among millennials because they are looking for healthier alternatives.
It is smoother, sweeter, and less acidic than hot coffee. Since it is less acidic, many people find it tastier, hence no need to add cream, milk, or sugar and make a calorie bomb.
Plus, the reason why cold brew is so popular is that it is convenient. Living in a fast-paced world demands speed from us and if I can go to a supermarket and do a quick cold brew coffee purchase on my way to work, I’d go for it, too.
Nevertheless, our advice is to pause from time to time and take that much-needed break
where you’ll actually enjoy drinking your coffee in peace.
Another great reason is that for those who want to keep fit, cold brew basically has no calories, as long as you drink it black without adding anything creamy or sugary. This is great news. You don’t have to give up coffee, at all!
The difference between cold brew,
hot brew, and iced coffee
The process of making iced coffee is the same as that of making hot coffee. In simple terms, it’s hot coffee that’s been cooled down so that it can be poured over ice. It is definitely more bitter and acidic than cold brew.
Cold brew and hot brew don’t only differ in the obvious temperatures, but the biggest differences are in antioxidants and acidity.
If you’d like to delve into the scientific research done about the difference between cold and hot brew, click on the link.
It’s worth saying that one of the researchers actually said that both hot- and cold-brewed coffee had similar antioxidant levels when lighter roasts were used. For dark roasts, hot brewing keeps more antioxidants intact than cold brew.
Cold brew definitely remains one of the hottest trends in the United States. It has grown exponentially in the last ten years. Ten years ago you weren’t able to find cold brew, and now it is literally everywhere. If you decide to make your own at home, you can do that too. Cold brew usually lasts from 7-10 days in the fridge. But you know it already, the fresher – the better.