Whether you enjoy your coffee at a restaurant or at home, the terms cold brew coffee and iced coffee are seen on menus and bottles across the world. However, what is the difference between the two? It may be more than you know! From brewing to flavor, acidity and caffeine, cold brew coffee provides a unique coffee experience to iced coffee.
Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee
Cold brew refers to the process of preparing the coffee, not the temperature of the final product. At Chameleon, our organic, arabica beans are coarsely ground and soaked in room temperature water for more than 12 hours to ensure the best and most flavorful cold brew coffee experience. The result? A super-smooth, less acidic, and highly caffeinated coffee that can be served hot or cold.
Iced coffee is brewed using hot water to extract flavor (resulting in a hot cup of coffee) which is then poured over ice – think flavor dilution.
Cold brew is brewed by soaking coffee beans in cold or room-temperature water for 12 hours minimum to extract sugars, oils and caffeine.
Iced coffee uses hot water to extract flavor (resulting in a hot cup of coffee) which is then poured over ice.
Acidity & Flavor
Cold brew contains half the acidity (due to its brewing method) resulting in a better taste that is easier on the stomach. The end product is smooth and bold.
Iced coffee yields a thinner taste due to the melting ice.
Cold brew can be served hot or cold, with a splash of milk, as an ingredient or enjoyed straight.
Iced coffee can be served over ice.
Why Chameleon Cold-Brew?
Chameleon Cold-Brew coffee has a smoothness that’s unlike any other brew.
You will likely find that high-quality cold-brew is easier on your stomach and less prone to stain your teeth. That’s because Chameleon Cold-Brew’s coffee has around half the acidity of traditional coffee.
Fuel your day with a stronger coffee and a buzz that won’t leave you jittery. Chameleon Cold-Brew’s Ready to Enjoy Coffees contain approximately 230mg of caffeine per bottle. Chameleon Cold-Brew’s Concentrates average 208mg of caffeine per 6 fl oz., undiluted.