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5 best coffees for making cold brew, according to a home coffee enthusiast

By ASHLIE D. STEVENS

PUBLISHED MAY 14, 2022 4:30PM (EDT)

With temperatures slowly creeping up across the country, it appears that cold brew season is finally officially upon us. So, let's clear something up: While some folks use the terms "cold brew" and "iced coffee" interchangeably, the two drinks are actually distinct. 

Iced coffee is, as the name suggests, coffee served over ice. When you order it at your local café, it's likely a chilled version of whatever batch brew they've made that day.

Cold brew, however, refers to a process for making coffee. Coarse coffee grounds are mixed with cold (or sometimes room temperature) water. The mixture steeps sometimes for up to 24 hours before being served over ice. This process brings out different flavors in the coffee than hot brewing the same batch of beans would.

As someone who has been on a years-long journey to make a better cup of coffee at home, cold brewing appeals to me because you don't need any fancy equipment. All you need is a grinder, water and time. 

Oh, and good coffee helps, too. 

While homebound during the pandemic, I tried dozens of different beans from roasters across the country in my search for the best coffee for cold brew. I'm always on the hunt for new and interesting things to try, but here are 5 of my favorites. 

1 Whirling Dervish — Dancing Goats Coffee

This medium-dark roast from the Atlanta-based Dancing Goats Coffee roastery (formerly Batdorf & Bronson) is like taking a sip of a chocolate-covered cherry, especially when served over ice. While some perfectly lovely coffees can get a little acrid when cold brewed, Whirling Dervish's velvety citrus notes pop even more when chilled. 

Read the full article HERE.

 

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