If you have been living under a rock, here is the difference between cold brew and cold coffee. While cold or iced coffee is whipped up by brewing coffee in hot water and then refrigerating it or icing it, cold brew is coffee brewed in cold or room-temperature water. And yes, the results are dramatically different.
* Cold brews are brewed for a long period, ranging from 12 hours to 24 hours.
* It has a mellow, full-bodied taste.
* It has low acidity and a smooth finish.
* It’s great for caffeine junkies who like cold coffee with no milk.
Price: Rs. 400 including taxes, for 250 gm for both versions of the cold brew.
The café brand offers two blends. The Light version is fruity in nature, possesses a tea-like body with notes of strawberry and citrus. It also boasts of a smooth finish as well as a sweet, milk chocolate note. On the other hand, the Bold version is a medium-dark roasted blend and comes with very little acidity. You can also detect a caramelised, nut flavour in it as well as a bitter, cocoa finish.
Price: Rs. 140 plus taxes.
Up for grabs at SodaBottleOpenerWala is the nitro cold brew coffee. Well, that’s cold brew infused with nitrogen which results in a crisp flavour and creamy texture, even when served black. The restaurant has a signature nitro brew and even ones flavoured with star anise and mandarin, lime and cinnamon as well as hazelnut.
Price: Rs. 200 plus taxes.
The brand uses a Perch House Blend for its cold brew. It is a blend created for Perch by Kaffa Cerrado, the Indian label known for its range of international single-estate coffee beans. This house blend consists mostly of the Mysore Nugget Extra Bold coffee bean, which brings with it an intense aroma as well as notes of toffee and caramel, along with a mild aftertaste of bitter lemon. The second component of the blend is the Brazil Yellow Bourbon coffee bean, which boasts of a nutty flavour and toasted bread aroma.
Perch’s glass of cold brew is brewed overnight. Since it never comes in contact with hot water, it results in coffee with low acidity. The brand also serves its cold brew as a nitro version at its Vasant Vihar outlet.
Price: Rs. 117 including taxes, for 12 ounces.
Bizibean on Gurgaon’s Golf Course Road uses the traditional cold brewing method of full immersion and double filtration. The brand presses into use a city roast blend for its cold brew and uses only chilled water for the extraction, as opposed to room-temperature water. What’s more, it also uses an airtight container to minimise flavour dilution, owing to oxidation. The brand has a steeping time of 14 hours for optimum extraction.
Price: Rs. 600, per carton with a tap, including taxes.
Sleepy Owl brews its coffee with cold water for over 21 hours to extract its essence and leave behind the bitterness. As a result, its cold brew is smooth, bold and naturally sweet. The brand’s cold brew also stands out for its use of 100% grade A arabica beans, that are bought directly from farmers in Chikmagalur, Karnataka.
Sleepy Owl’s cold brew comes in a carton with a tap. The carton dispenses around 10-12 cups of fresh cold brew coffee. The brand’s cold brew is available:
• Directly online from its online store.
• In stores like Le Marche, Modern Bazaar etc.
• In select partner cafes and restaurants.
Susmita Saha is a Delhi-based Features Writer. She has worked as an Assistant Editor at India Today and The Telegraph and writes on arts and culture, films, travel, food, architecture, design and various other lifestyle subjects. She has seriously itchy feet and plans to tick the world off her bucket list, one burger at a time.