All About Cold Coffee

All About Cold Coffee

Cold coffee is a no longer a trend, it’s a now a staple in both cafes and home brewing. Cold brew alone makes up for 13% of the coffee industry market share according to 2020 data. Yet, only 30% of people who enjoy cold beverages brew them at home. Cold coffee is a simple treat that takes many forms and is easy to execute using your favorite White Oak bagged coffee. Here we will explore the differences between cold brew and iced coffee, as well as introduce you to two indulgent coffee treats to try at home!

 

Cold Brew

A fairly recent addition to the coffee repertoire, cold brew has gained exponential popularity for its smoothness and inherent sweetness. Cold brew is made by steeping coarse-ground coffee in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time (usually 8-24 hours). In taking heat out of the equation, different chemical reactions can occur and create a drastically different profile from that of traditionally brewed coffee. For instance, different acids are extracted in a cold brew process due to the lack of heat, causing a lower perceived acidity and that characteristic sweetness that draws so many to cold brew. Cold brew is a great staple for your fridge in the summer months; make a large batch and drink it all week long! Check out our Brew Methods page for direction on how to brew your own cold brew.

 

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is the original cold coffee beverage of choice in the U.S. and is popular year-round, even in the North East. Iced coffee is made by brewing hot coffee at double strength, adding ice immediately to cool it, then serving over ice. There are many variations of iced coffee that can be tailored to preference. For instance, freezing leftover coffee in ice trays to be used in iced coffee allows for a stronger coffee flavor that doesn’t dilute as the ice melts. Our favorite method is the iced single serve pour-over: add 100 grams (1/2 cup) of ice to your glass, then prepare your pour-over but subtract 100 grams (3 oz) of water from your normal recipe. Add ice and enjoy immediately.

 

Affogato

An affogato is a simple Italian dessert: a double shot of espresso poured over a scoop of densely packed ice cream. Affogato is the Italian word for “drowned”, and who wouldn’t want to drown a little ice cream in some fresh espresso as a summer treat? Use a vanilla or cream flavored ice cream with the Heartwood blend for a classic pairing or play off the tasting notes in your coffee for a more unique experience. For instance, if you are using a super fruity natural process coffee to make your espresso, try pairing it with some strawberry ice cream!

 

Greek Frappe

Originally a low-cost beverage choice for the masses, frappes are now a summer staple in Greece and are gaining popularity across the world thanks to social media. Traditionally made with instant coffee, you can dress up and personalize your Greek frappe by using fresh espresso instead. Using a milk frothing wand or electric whisk, mix a shot of chilled espresso with 1 tablespoon of sugar until thick and fluffy. Pour over iced milk of choice and add additional sugar to taste.

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