Cold brewed coffee is a very different beverage to normally (hot) brewed coffee that is subsequently chilled in the fridge or poured over ice after the brewing process. Extracting flavours from the coffee grounds using cold water instead of hot water requires a very slow steep. Up to 24 hours as an average brew time. Compare that to a hot brew time measured in seconds and you can start to see why the resulting brew is different.
The long, cold brew extraction time at low water temperature results in a rich coffee extract that is dark, intense and complex (love those mocha touches). Cold brew coffee has less than half the acidity of normally brewed coffee, making it taste sweeter than hot brews as well as being rich enough to handle ice, ice cream or alcoholic ingredients without diluting the flavour. Absolutely perfect for the summer and not bad over winter either.
The low acidity also makes cold brew coffee a healthy choice for people susceptible to gastric reflux or heartburn, or pH related issues generally. It also maintains the antioxidant benefits found in hot brewed coffee.
If you want the latest in cold brew coffee makers you can now buy the Bodybrew Bod here in Australia.