What are the Difference between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew??

What are the Difference between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew??

Before going into the difference between these 2 drinks, let us see what really these drinks are

Iced Coffee: In simple words, it is just a cold coffee, examples of it are: iced latte and iced mocha.

Cold Brew: By cold brew, we mean to brew something in cold or at room temperature, particularly, cold brew coffee or tea.



  1. What are they?

An iced coffee is a coffee that is brewed hot, and then is poured over ice and after that served cold.Cold Brew in terms of Cold Brew coffee is just steeped at room temperature for an extended period of time, which is then mixed with milk or water and is poured over ice. Here the coffee never gets heated, resulting in a smoother sip without any bitter taste.


  1. Taste:

In iced coffee, coffee is brewed hot giving it its bitter taste.

In cold brew, coffee is not heated, that is its acids and oils that give coffee its bitter taste are not released resulting in no bitter taste and a smoother sip of the coffee.


  1. Wateriness Factor?

Since, in case of iced coffee there is a slow cooling, that is, poring of coffee drop by drop on ice, so an iced coffee properly made shouldn’t end up watery.

In case of cold brew, since the coffee is not heated and is made with ice and milk, so it is watery.


  1. Making process:

Iced Coffee:

  • First brew your coffee in a coffeemaker using 1 or 1 and half cup cold water.
  • Now secondly, combine hot brew coffee and some sugar and stir it until the sugar is fully dissolved. Chill until it is ready for use.
  • In the last step, pour this coffee mixture over ice in tall glasses or pour it in café mugs drop by drop and serve.

Cold Brew:

  • Here the ratio of coffee to water is 1:8
  • Place the coffee grounds in the bottom of a jar and cover it with cold water.
  • Now stir it gently until they are well combined and then cover them for at least 18-24 hours.
  • When the coffee is brewed, strain it into a large bowl in order to remove the larger grounds and serve in coffee mugs.


  1. Brewing?

In case of iced coffee, first we brew it with hot water and then place it in fridge for few hours. After that we pour it over ice.

In case of Cold Brew, we brew the coffee with cold water. This might look simple, but this small step results in producing a pretty great difference in the taste of the brew. The crisp and more smooth and refreshing taste is the result of this small step only.


  1. Caffeine levels:

Iced coffee caffeine levels are less but still its taste is bitter because of complete dissolution of coffee granules in hot water. Moreover, the additionally extracted soluble granules also include some organic matter which also adds to its bitter taste.

Whereas in the case of cold brew, the caffeine levels are pretty high but due to cold water and direct mix with ice it tastes chocolaty with a smooth taste and carries a lower level acidity than a traditional iced coffee.


Which one is better for you to decide?

Yes, you read it correct. It totally depends on your taste of coffee, that is, which flavor of coffee you like? If you like the bitter taste of a traditional coffee then you might like the iced coffee better than the cold brew. But, if you want to have a new taste then we prefer cold brew.

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