Hot vs. Cold Coffee

Some people like their coffee hot while some like it cold. There is a difference between iced coffee and cold brew so mistake the two for the same thing. Iced coffee is put on ice after it has been hot brewed. Cold brew never sees warm water.

  • Hot coffee has more antioxidants than cold brew.
  • Most cold brew has less caffeine.
  • Hot coffee makes you feel warm and cozy. People have warmer feelings toward someone holding a hot cup of coffee.
  • Coffee can help prevent having a heart attack.
  • A whiff of coffee brewing in the morning can help wake you up and make you feel less stress.

New Orleans Style Cold Brew

We’ve posted about cold brew in the past. We just recently heard of New Orleans style cold brew. Of course we wondered what that is and how it’s made. Here is what we found out.

To make New Orleans cold brew, you need to add chicory to the grounds when you brew them. That may sound a little strange. I remember as a little girl, my grandpa making brewed chicory and drinking it in place of coffee sometimes. Let the grounds and chicory brew for about 12 hours. Using ground chicory, you don’t need too much. Add about a teaspoon or two for every half cup of ground coffee. It is supposed to enrich the taste.

I have seen chicory in tea bags in my grocery store. Perhaps you can open one of them and add to the grounds before cold brewing your coffee.

I Tried Ready-made Cold Brew and Didn’t Hate It

After a recent trip, this member of the Victor Crew wanted to drink cold brew coffee but wasn’t able to make any.

The first one was at a restaurant in Portland, Oregon. One of the more popular brands of coffee in Portland is Stumptown. It is not inexpensive. The 10 oz bottle of cold brew cost $4.50, but it was very good. Given a glass and half and half, I was able to make it tasty.

The other time I bought cold brew was from a Dunkin’ Donuts and had them add half and half. It wasnt as tasty as the more expensive one but it was pretty good as well.

The only other time I tried ready-made cold brew was from a Starbucks. It was actually too strong for me and they left no room to add a lightener.

Cold Brew Recipes

No we don’t necessarily mean different ways to make cold brew but what you can do with cold brew too. Here are a few ideas:

To the concentrated cold brew, you can add 3 parts coconut water to 1 part cold brew concentrate.

Add 6 TB sweetened condensed milk to 2 cups of cold brew to make into popsicles.

Use in recipes that ask for coffee but heat it up.

Make an extra batch of cold brew and turn them into ice cubes so you don’t dilute your coffee.

Experiment with different milks like cashew milk, almond milk, macadamia nut milk. You can also experiment with different extracts or spices like cinnamon or cardamom.

We’ve even tried it in banana smoothies.

Cold Brew when traveling

It seems everywhere you look these days, more and more shops are offering cold brew. We have had several posts about how to make it. What if you don’t have time or are traveling? What then? Here are some ideas.

If you are staying at someone’s house and if they have the room, you can get cold brew coffee packs from Dunkin’ Donuts. It looks like this is a more concentrated coffee as they have you add water after brewing it.

Stumptown Roasters has taken their cold brew a little further and make a Sparkling Cold Brew. It comes in a few different flavors: Original, Ginger Citrus, Honey Lemon. If you order online, it will cost $20 for a 6-pack sampler of all the flavors or $40 for a 12 pack of any one flavor. The cans are 12 oz each.

If you are traveling, you can find cold brew in just about any major coffee shop like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Stumptown, etc.