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A Barista’s Guide To The Various Types Of Cold Brew Coffee & How To Make It

Delicious cold coffee is one of the most popular summer drinks amongst coffee lovers! As the name suggests cold brew is coffee beans grounded & brewed in cold water instead of hot water, involving a long steeping process (18 to 24 hours!). The slow, low-temperature brew results in coffee tasting significantly different from hot brewing or roasting despite using the same type of coffee beans. 

The global cold brew coffee market size was valued at USD 339.7 million in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 25.1% from 2019 to 2025. The total length of this market stood at around 166 million U.S. dollars in 2017 and will reach to approximately 944.16 million U.S. dollars by 2025. 

Cold brew coffee kept on a stand with a glass of milk.
Ground your coffee beans for making cold brew.

Cold Brew Coffee v/s Iced Coffee

Cold brew and iced coffee may sound the same but are significantly different. Iced coffee involves a distinctive brewing process and coffee grounds content. Iced coffee brews hot coffee grounds, which are then allowed to cool down. It is then poured over ice and served with milk and cream. In comparison, cold brew is prepared by brewing cold water for a long time. 


Cold-brewed coffee is less acidic and bitter than hot brewed coffee. According to studies, cold brew coffee is 67% less acidic, which means it doesn’t inflame the gut lining in the same way. The cold water and long extraction process also remove the bitter caffeine contents, making it a sweet delight.

Facts to read while sipping on your cold brew

  • The cold brew is healthier for your stomach as it’s less acidic than iced coffee 
  • It has a convenient and easy brewing process and can be made in large batches to be stored for a long time. 
  • You can dilute it with milk and water. You can even make a hot cup of coffee using the cold brew!

How To Make A Cold Brew?

Cold brew requires cold water and coarsely ground coffee. Generally, the coffee to water ratio here is around 1:10 or 1:12. Using medium roasted beans for cold brews is recommended due to their delicate balance between acidity and caffeine. 

  • Take a clean wide-mouth mason jar. Add coarsely grounded coffee and filtered water to the jar (as per your preferred ratio). 
  • Combine the ingredients and give it a good stir. Leave it for five minutes, then stir to give the coffee beans maximum exposure. 
  • Tightly seal the mason jar with its lid and put it in the refrigerator. Leave it for 12 to 24 hours (depending on how strong you like the coffee). The coffee beans will steep in the water for maximum extraction. 
  • Once the brew is ready, you need to strain the coffee. Use a thin coffee filter paper and place it in the fine mesh sieve.
  • Once you have filtered the coffee, your drink is ready! You can dilute your coffee using water if it’s too strong for your taste. 
  • You can add ice or milk as per your taste. Please give it a gentle stir and enjoy the drink.
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To make a hot cup of cold brew, heat the concentrate, pour it into the cup and add some warm milk and some cream on top (optional).

how to make a Cold brew coffee in a mason jar?
You can prepare a large batch of cold brew coffee in one go. It stays well for up to 2 weeks. However, you can enjoy the best flavour within the first seven days of its brewing

Different Types Of Cold Brews

Cold brew can be enjoyed in many different ways, depending upon any added ingredients, the flavour, and the possible sugar and caffeine content. Read ahead to know how.

1. Nitro Cold Brew

Nitro cold brew infuses dark cold brew with nitrogen. It makes the coffee smoother and sweeter. Nitrogen bubbles create a small, tight foam giving the cold brew a soft and silky texture. Starbucks also serves vanilla sweet cream cold brew.

2. Kyoto-Style

Kyoto cold brew is also known as Dutch coffee around the world. Kyoto-style cold brew is prepared by letting cold water slowly drip, drop by drop, over coffee grounds.

It is a time consuming process but for sure worth it!

This is the process of making cold brew coffee using Kyoto-Style Cold Brew!

3. New Orleans Style

In the New Orleans version of cold brew, chicory is added to coffee to make it darker, richer, and cocoa-like. It is usually served with syrup and cream. The New Orleans cold brew has a distinct and robust flavour due to the hit of chicory with cold brew, making it one of the most preferred summertime drinks.

4. Flavoured Cream Cold Brew

You can serve cold brew with a variety of flavoured creams. Starbucks also serves chocolate cream cold brew, salted caramel cream cold brew, vanilla cream cold brew and pumpkin cream cold brew. You can also make tiramisu cream cold brew!

Hope this blog was helpful!

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Abeera Dubey
Abeera Dubey
Abeera is a freelance content writer at Petpooja.

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