We’ve talked about coffee and coffee makers here before, even gone so far as to hail the corporate overlords over at Dunkin Donuts. But it’s summertime, and we want to level with you about a specific type of iced coffee — cold brew.
Coffee has had many trendy rises and falls throughout its long, storied history. It’s also been debated constantly whether coffee is good for you, bad for you, will let you live longer, give you issues later on in life — no one can really seem to agree. With every report that 3+ cups of coffee is great for your heart and blood and body overall, there’s another report that comes out a week later that claims coffee is actually literal death. We can’t keep up, and frankly, we don’t care to — we love coffee here at Tattoodo and we won’t back down from that love. It’s one of our most consistent political stances and also the only reason any of us get up in the morning anymore.
We also want to make sure we drink as much coffee as possible now, right now, because with the way the world is going, we don’t know how much longer our beloved coffee bean (and uh, ice) will survive. So, we’re going gourmet — we’re super into the trendiest form of coffee right now, and that’s cold brew.
What is cold brew? Well, let’s talk about science for a second: when you brew coffee, you’re doing two things that break down that sweet, sweet caffeine. One, your grinding process is breaking down some of the bean’s power, and two, the hot water pouring over those ground beans is also removing some of the caffeine on a molecular level. Plus, this process makes your coffee acidic — those of us that survive only entirely off of coffee and red wine can tell you, the less acid in your drink, the better.
Cold brew does next to none of this. After grinding beans, you submerge your coffee grounds (free floating if you’re a wild man, in a mesh cylinder or tea bag if you’re more tame) in cold water, pop that puppy in the fridge, and wait. The longer you wait, the stronger the brew — most recipes call for 12 hours, but we’re down with eight. You perform this coffee ritual before bed and you wake up to coffee that’s a) less acidic, and b) stronger.
The big difference, according to international coffee giant Starbucks, between cold brew and regular old passe iced coffee is the taste.
“Cold Brew is made without heat, which creates lower acidity for a smoother, naturally sweet taste. Iced Coffee is brewed double strength then cooled, which creates a refreshing, lighter body,” the corporation wrote on their blog, which is a cute thing to call a corporate web page.
So, get on the right bandwagon this summer, and get yourself some cold brew coffee. It’s become so standard in America now, you can even find premade cold brew in cans at your local cornerstore. Immerse yourself entirely in this beautiful coffee magic, and admire some iced coffee tattoos while you’re at it.