Much Ado About Cold Brew Coffee

Last year we shared the news from a Harvard study that found moderate consumption of coffee actually offered several health benefits. A lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, reduced systemic inflammation and reduced risk of some types of cancer are a few of the reasons why cold brew coffee is the new poster child for health food. And of course, fortifying your morning drink with a spoonful of organic extra virgin coconut oil makes it even more delicious and healthful.

But at the risk of sounding like a late-night infomercial—wait, there’s more! Turns out cold brew coffee may be even better for you than a cup of traditional, heat-brewed joe.

Don’t confuse cold brew coffee with its diluted and often sugared-up cousin, iced coffee. Cold brew coffee is just that—coffee brewed without the use of heat. Making this dark and mysterious liquid is easy. Place 1/3 cup of your favorite freshly ground coffee and 1 cup filtered, room temperature water in a French press or clean jar with a lid. Mix well, the grounds will begin to float to the top when water and beans get friendly. Cover. Let the brew do its thing for 8 to 24 hours and then strain the coffee through a fine mesh screen into a container. Store the mixture in the refrigerator for up to 30 days, not that it will last that long. To drink, blend 1/3 cup cold brew with 2/3 cup plain water. Heat gently on the stove-top or, if you must, pour it over ice. Don’t forget a dollop of organic extra virgin coconut oil in your hot coffee.

But that sounds like a lot of extra steps to get to my morning cup of mud, why should I bother?

Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee

Coffee connoisseurs report the flavor of cold-brewed coffee is superior to traditional boiled-water methods. The long, slow process results in a smoother cup that highlights some of the most delicate complexities of the bean. Notes of fruit, spice, and other flavors are more noticeable in cold brews. Make a double, triple or quadruple batch and you’ve got coffee for days waiting in the fridge. All you have to do it heat it up. That’s not so hard!

While taste alone may not be worth the extra hassle for most people, coffee that promises less acid just might.

Cold brew coffee is ideal for anyone who has a sensitive stomach or is following an alkalizing diet. It’s also higher in antioxidants and polyphenols—those super-antioxidants found in other not-so-guilty pleasures like dark chocolate and red wine.

Of course, because it’s basically a concentrate, cold brew coffee is potentially higher in caffeine than heat-brewed coffee. You can control your caffeine buzz by increasing or reducing the amount of water you add to the concentrate. But let’s keep it real, if you were that worried about your caffeine intake, you’d be drinking herbal tea anyway.