WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLD BREW AND ICED COFFEE?
Heat, time, flavor and strength differentiate cold brew and iced coffee. Cold brew steeps grounds, slowly, in cold water. Iced coffee is brewed hot—using a standard coffee maker— cooled and served over ice. Certain light, floral notes can only be extracted using hot water, so iced coffee tends to have brighter (acidic) and more pronounced flavors than cold brew. Cold brew is mellow, smooth and more balanced in flavor and contains about twice as much caffeine per ounce before dilution.
To serve your cold brew beverage a 1:3 coffee to water/milk ratio is typically recommended. This means you add 1 part coffee concentrate to 3 parts water or milk.2 For iced coffee, a good rule of thumb is that ice should be about ⅓ of the total liquid volume; so to yield 16 ounces, use 4 ounces of ice and 8 ounces of coffee.
2Servings may vary based on coffee type.