How did cold-brew coffee become so popular? It all began in the 1600s. First, Dutch sailors began using the brewing process, inspired by the Japanese method of cold-brewing teas. Then, Cuba revisited the cold brew with iced coffee in the ’30s. The Toddy Brewing System hit the market in the ’60s.
Fast-forward to the 2000s and cold brew was championed by innovative coffee shops because the smooth, cold-brew flavor blended beautifully with milk, ice, syrups, and flavorings.
Cold Brew Vs. Iced Coffee
The difference between cold brew and iced coffee is that the latter is made through a hot brewing process, completed at double strength, and then poured over ice. But when hot coffee cools, the acids can be harsh, while cold brewing avoids the acid development. Furthermore, hot brewed coffees usually have a brewing ratio of 1 part coffee to 16 parts water, while cold brew’s ratio is 1 to 8.
Cold brew coffee requires coffee beans and water along with knowledge and time. The beans — usually coarsely ground — are steeped in cold water in an extraction process that takes from 12 to 24 hours. Customizable as a concentrate, cold-brewed coffee uses time in place of temperature, with caffeine increased by the coffee-to-water ratio or brewing duration. This slow, cold brew imparts a less acidic, more smooth and mellow taste.
According to research by Harvard University, fans of cold-brew coffee enjoy a refreshing caffeinated cold beverage that equals hot coffee’s health and energy benefits. It offers more subtle flavor notes while having 65 percent less acidity. It also provides customization, convenience, and a mellow and nuanced taste.
Like all coffee beverages, cold brew imparts health benefits, increasing blood flow to the brain, supporting cognitive function, decreasing the risk of dementia, and packing free-radical and cancer-fighting chemicals.
Now, your business can enjoy cold-brewed coffee featuring top names like Kegerator, Bunn Nitron, and Cornelius Nitropro. Other advantages:
- We manage and deliver cold brew fresh and cold.
- We offer Kegerator, nitrogen, and multi-tap kegerators, including nitro and kombucha selections.
- We source coffee from respected and local roasters.
- We can arrange for an office tasting.
Discover how BostonbeaN can help you customize a cold-brew option. Contact us to learn more. We can also maintain the optimum environment for your work team. BostoncleaN can meet all your cleaning, sanitizing, and PPE supply needs. From fine, cold-brewed coffee to delivering snacks and breakroom goods, we help you support your team.