Cold brew has become my new favorite way to drink coffee.
Now I have always preferred drinking cold coffee. It started out when I was younger when my mother introduced me to the Starbucks Carmel Frappuccino when I was in the 4th grade. Even to this day when I go to Starbucks, and I’m a Gold Card member if that says anything about how much I go, my usual is still the Carmel Frappuccino. Anyone that has ordered Starbucks with me can attest to that.
In the summer of 2016 I lived in San Francisco for a summer; one day I walked into the Starbucks that was across the street from where I lived. I waited in line looking at the menu thinking about straying away from my usual order. This is when, for the first time, I saw ‘Cold Brew’. Knowing nothing about this drink I decided to order it. I say they're waiting for my drink to be made and my name to be called. When it came to be my turn, my name was yelled out, I revived my drink, and I was confused. At a first glance, I thought I had just received a regular iced coffee. Since I was on my way to work I just grabbed my drink and got moving towards the BART.
When I told my first sip of Cold Brew I realized I did not get a regular iced coffee, but a delicious, strong and more flavorful iced coffee!
Of course, I was drinking it black, thanks to my college roommate, and I really enjoyed the strong taste. I did not know what the difference was but I liked it. Fast forward a little shy of a year and my brother said that he was going to make his own Cold Brew. This is when I learned that the process of brewing it or “steeping” takes 18–20 hours to complete. My brother brought some to me poured it into the mug, no cream, and no sugar. He then says “Try this, this is some good shit!”
I tipped my cup back starting drinking it like I would any type of coffee. I was so amazed at what he gave me. The coffee was so smooth it felt like I was drinking liquid silk. All the bitterness that is normally associated with coffee was GONE! I could taste all the natural flavors and sense more of a sweeter taste to it. Remember there is nothing else added to it. Ever since then I’ve been infatuated with Cold Brew coffee.
The Cold Brew process takes away the acidity so it’s easier to drink without any additives. And drinking coffee black or the only way to taste all the wonderful flavors that coffee has to offer. The best part about Cold Brew is…it’s just the process in which it is brewed. It might be brewed in room temperature water or even colder, but that does not mean you have to drink it cold. You can drink that coffee cold or hot, whichever way you prefer. At first it might be a little stronger than most people like it, but in my opinion stronger coffee better.
Next time you get coffee and Cold Brew is an option GET IT! I promise you it won’t disappoint.