What is Cold Brew?

Cold Brew has become a coffee trend that’s starting to pick up a lot of ground with coffee aficionados.

First off, don’t call it iced coffee. That’s a completely different brewing process that’s been around for years. This is coffee brewed in cold water for long periods of time, typically between 12 to 24 hours.

Yes! The brewing takes much longer but rest assure you’re getting the highest quality cold coffee in your hands. During the process of extraction with a coarse ground specialty coffee, such as single origin or blend. The acidity which normally releases upon hot water will now extract slower. Which in theory creates a smoother, more full bodied texture and flavored cold coffee to serve in house.

So does this mean more caffeine? Cold Brew coffee is of course more concentrated so many would think that it is. But nope! Since it’s extracted the same as regular coffee it would essentially be the same.

Who would’ve thought consumers would be enjoying this in the winter months. To tell you the truth, many are stepping up to the counter in the cold months to enjoy some cold brew or Nitro Brew year round. Nitro Brew is cold brew that has been pressurized with nitrogen and can be found on tap in many Chicago specialty coffee shops.

Portland Coffee Fest will actually have both of these on display at the Brewing Innovations Lab. So you can be sure to try them or learn something at the same time. YAY!

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