Pepsi or Coke. Beef Ravioli MRE or Chili with Beans MRE. Pineapple on pizza: awesome or awful? Some of these ongoing debates can be settled by insanity level — like the weirdos who like pineapple pizza. However, the cold-versus-hot-brew-coffee debate is a little more nuanced.
Before diving into it, let’s educate ourselves on the opponents.
Cold brew is the process of making coffee utilizing room temperature water for 14 to 24 hours. Soaking the coffee grounds in water for this duration creates a concentrate that is then mixed to create a palatable coffee.
And we all know how to hot-brew coffee — there are a variety of methods, but the basics of using piping hot water to extract flavor from the ground coffee beans remains the same. It’s a relatively quick process, and the hot coffee is good for … well, however long it stays hot.
Although the initial process takes longer, one of the great things about cold brew is that it will stay fresh for up to two weeks. If you can power through that initial 14-to-24-hour brew time, cold brew has many other benefits as well.
Still not sure which side of the fence you fall on? Grab a toddy and your favorite hot-brew device for a side-by-side comparison!
Rob Harbin is a contributing writer for Coffee or Die. Having devoted the majority of his career as a Critical Care Tactical Medic, he spent over 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan. During this time, he was assigned to Department of State tactical response teams and combat search and rescue elements. Other than a passion for the outdoors, Rob enjoys expanding his knowledge on culinary skills and photography.
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