Iced Coffee: Cold Brew vs. Iced Pour Over

Y’all, it’s hot. Like so hot you don’t even want to leave your house. Even if it is to go to the pool or beach -- it’s just too hot. For me, and most of you, it’s not too hot for coffee, though -- especially when you order it iced.

Do you know what you are really ordering when you order iced coffee? Do you assume it’s just cold coffee?

Well, if you do -- you’re going to be surprised. Iced coffee can be made in many ways -- none of which is just cold coffee. Today, let’s go over two methods -- cold brew and the iced pourover.

How are they Different?

Despite the relatively similar appearance -- cold brew and iced pour overs have significant differences.

Cold brew is brewed with cold water and for an extended period of time, think 12-24 hours. When making cold brew, you soak double the amount of coffee in water, creating a concentrate which can be diluted to taste with water or milk. The use of cold water and the extended brewing time makes for a lower acidity coffee that I like to describe as sweet and syrupy.

An iced pour over is made the same way as a regular pour over, except, you use half of the water because you are pouring over ice. When making an iced pour over, you must compensate for the water that will come from the melted ice. This brewing method creates a more acidic cup of coffee, it is oftentimes more aromatic as well.

What Can you Order at Chattahoochee?

You may have heard us mention Slingshot at the Westside location. Slingshot makes the iced coffee we serve. This company is based in Raleigh, NC and uses Counter Culture’s Idido to make its cold brew.

So when you go into a coffee shop, you can ask if they have iced coffee and if they do, then you could ask if it's an iced pour over or a cold brew. Not only will you impress the barista, but you’ll start to be able to tell the differences.

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