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What Does Cold Brew Taste Like? – A Hot or Not List


Brandon Pierce
October 7, 2022

For most coffee fans, a cold brew is just another summertime favorite that you’ll see them sipping around in their mason jars. Just in case you’re new to the concept, cold brew coffee is created by steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in room temperature water for 12-24 hours.

This produces a coffee concentrate, which you can then blend with cold water or milk to make a wonderfully smooth and excellent cup of cold brew coffee. It’s one of my personal favorites but it tastes quite different. If you haven’t tried cold brew coffee yet and you seem to be thinking, “I wonder what does cold brew taste like?” then this is just the place for you. Happy reading about cold brew coffee! 

What Does Cold Brew Coffee Taste Like

Cold brew coffee is now available in all major restaurants and food chains, demonstrating how popular the cold brew trend has grown. You must have heard about the Starbucks Cold brew. Iced coffee tastes similar to conventional hot or iced coffees in that it captures the characteristics of the coffee bean from which it is made.

Cold brew coffee is notable for its super clean, crisp taste notes, which are created by a preparation process that employs cold water instead of boiling water. This enhances the beans’ inherent features, whether earthy, lemony, or berrylike while decreasing the infusion of bitter, acidic tastes.

So, while the cold brew is not a sweet beverage in and of itself, it is regarded as sweeter than conventional iced or hot coffee due to its absence of harsh, biting properties. Yes, cold-brewed coffee tastes different from regular coffee. Let’s talk about the distinct cold brew taste.

Why Does a Cold Brew Taste So Distinct?

Cold-brewed coffee tastes very different from hot brewed coffee that has been cooled. It has a far lower acidity, more ‘brown’ flavors (ranging from chocolate to rubber), and less of the subtle smells that characterize the coffee’s origin, variety, and procedure.

As a result, we recommend brewing hot and flash-chilling your cold coffee rather than brewing cold. However, customer demand for cold brew shows no signs of abating, so we set out to discover why it tastes the way it does — and learned a thing or two about coffee acidity in the process. Personally, I think a cold brew is the best and I love to drink cold brew coffee

Why is Cold Brew Coffee The Best?

I usually produce a batch of cold brew concentrate once a week to drink my cold coffee throughout the week. It’s become a staple of my Sunday food prep, as well as one of my favorite ways to drink coffee. I would prefer an iced coffee over any other type of blend any day. This is why cold-brewed coffee is the best.

Low Levels of Acidity in a Cold Brew

Cold brew coffee is less acidic than hot coffee by more than 67 percent. Hot coffee has an acidity level that can cause heartburn as well as damage to your teeth and stomach lining. Cold brew’s decreased acidity is also beneficial for keeping your body’s pH levels regulated.

I can confirm that ordinary hot coffee causes my stomach to grumble nearly instantly, and it frequently sends me straight to the restroom. This effect does not appear to be present in cold brew coffee.

Cold Brew is Smoother and Sweeter

Unlike hot coffee, cold brew coffee is often more delicious and less bitter since the coffee beans don’t undergo high temperatures. Some individuals find that drinking cold brew requires less sweetener and cream, which is perfect if you’re avoiding added sugar or controlling your calorie intake. 

I was never a lover of black coffee until we discovered cold brew. I still occasionally add non-dairy milk (such as almond milk or oat milk) to my cold brew.

Cold Brew Hardly Ever Goes To Waste

You may use the cold brew concentrate to produce one cup of hot coffee or even iced coffee at your preferred strength. And you can store the concentrate in the fridge for up to two weeks without becoming stale, unlike leftover hot brewed coffee.

This works nicely for me because my spouse enjoys his coffee stronger than I do and he has to be a hot coffee. Previously, we used our ordinary coffee pot or a french press, and the coffee was either too strong for me or too weak for him. And because we always made more coffee than we drank, a lot of brewed coffee unavoidably went down the drain. We now seldom, if ever, waste any coffee

Serve a Cold Brew as Hot Brewed Coffee

A cold brew can be served cold or hot. To prepare iced cold brew coffee, simply add cold water and ice to the concentrate, along with milk if desired.

Simply boil water and add the hot water to your cold brew concentrate to make hot coffee. If you’re in a hurry, you can also heat it in the microwave and skip the hot water idea

Let’s now learn how to make this cold brew that we’ve spoken so much about.

How to Make Cold Brew Iced Coffee

Now that you know everything about the spectacular taste of a cold brew coffee, it’s time you make some for yourself at home (in case you don’t know how to). Let’s do this.

What You’ll Require For making The Cold Brew

  • Coarse coffee grounds – 4 Tablespoons
  • 3 cups Cold water – for the best flavor, use filtered water!
  • A big mason jar – any large container would suffice, but I use a large mason jar for storage.

The recipe I’m presenting here is the fundamental approach that requires only a few pieces of kitchen equipment.

Here’s What You Need to Do To Prepare The Cold Brew

  1. Pour 1 cup of coarse coffee grounds into a large 32-ounce mason jar.
  2. Add  1 1/2 cups of cold water 
  3. Gently whisk to soaked all the ground before adding the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water.
  4. Place the jar in the refrigerator with the lid on. Allow 12 to 24 hours for the coffee to steep, depending on how strong you want the cold brew to be. Keep in mind that the longer it steeps, the stronger the coffee.
  5.  After steeping, lay your strainer over the big bowl and fill it with a coffee filter, mesh cloth, or thin dish towel.
  6.  To capture the grounds, strain the coffee mixture through the filter.
  7.  Rinse your jar and pour the cooled coffee back into it for storing.
  8. To serve, fill a glass halfway with ice and top with cold brew concentrate and water.

Note:  The ratio depends on how strong you want your coffee, but I normally use a 1:1 ratio. 1/2 cup cold brew concentrate to 1/2 cup water, or 3/4 cup cold brew concentrate to 1/4 cup water, especially if I’m adding milk, which dilutes the coffee.

Your cold brew is now ready. This is one of the best ways to make cold brew coffees.



You’ve now entered a world where a cold brew is amazing, hot summer days may be great days for coffee, and cold brews can revolutionize the way you think about mixed beverages. It’s a good reality to be a part of.

The finest cup of coffee, like any other type or method of coffee brewing, is one that you genuinely like. If you want your cold brew a little stronger than I do, experiment with the recipe, and create your concentration. You are the master of your coffee.

Brandon Pierce

About the author

My name is Brandon and I love cold-brew coffee. If you're a fan of everything homebrew, then we'll get along just fine. I also enjoy riding my Onewheel around town, and going on adventures with my future wife! As an online work-from-home advocate, it's important that I stay connected to the world while being able to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

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