If you’re wondering what the ‘it’ drink will be this summer, then look no further. Smoothies, slushies and beers have made way for a new kind of brew, an exquisite blend of iced coffee that has smitten coffee-connoisseurs all over. It’s called cold brew coffee, and we predict that it’s here to stay.
The latest fad to hit the streets, this drink has already started making its presence felt in top restaurants across the country. In fact, it’s so popular now, that big food brands like Peet’s and Starbucks have introduced it to their latest menus. So what’s all the hoopla about?
Cold brew coffee is not your regular iced coffee. While the latter is prepared by mixing regular hot coffee with ice and milk, the cold brew is—as the name suggests—a true brew, steeped overnight or at least a couple of hours. Coffee grounds are steeped without heat at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, to bring out the natural aromas of the beans without completely extracting the bitterness and acidity that you would otherwise get. Then all you got to do is strain, and serve it up.
No wonder fans are bragging about this refreshing drink. It’s smoother than regular iced coffee—without being stronger or bitter—because the steeping process is so gradual. If you’re unable to find a fresh brew at a nearby restaurant or café, make your own!
This video will show you how to prepare a cup of cold brew coffee:
There you have it, you can easily make this delicious coffee at home.
While the trend has caught on, there’s more to it. There’s a whole new take on this cold brew too—nitro coffee. Cold brew is infused with nitrogen to create nitro coffee: a bubbly, chilled version of itself. The best part? You can find it served on tap at many local bars. Sounds like a great alternative to beer with an added shot of caffeine to beat the hot heat, doesn’t it?