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Iced Coffee or Cold Brew?

Written By: Meraleigh Queener

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

What is Iced Coffee?

Iced coffee is a coffee beverage served cold. It is typically prepared by brewing hot coffee and then serving it over ice. In hot brewing, sweeteners and flavoring may be added before cooling, as they dissolve faster. Iced coffee is usually more acidic and stronger in taste than a cold brew.

What is Cold Brew?

According to Water Street Coffee, Cold Brew coffee, by definition, is simply the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time. The process of leaching flavor from the beans produces a chemical profile different from conventional brewing methods. This allows a smoother taste than iced coffee.

What's The Difference?


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  1. Find an appropriate vessel for brewing your coffee. We recommend the Cold Brew on the Go, but anything from a french press to an iced tea pitcher will work just fine!

  2. Choose a coffee you love! At Hanna Bee Coffee, we use our signature medium-dark roast blend to capture the floral, dark chocolate, and citrus aromas.

  3. Begin with fresh coffee grounds and filtered water.

  • Coffee should be ground on the coarsest setting.

  • You will need a 1:8 ratio of coffee to water. (Ex. To make a quart, use 4 oz. of coffee to 32 oz. water.)

  1. Place grounds into the container. The Cold Brew on the Go already has a filter component that you place the grounds into. Don’t worry if you don’t have a filter – we’ll cover that in a bit – just pour your coffee grounds directly into the bottom of your preferred brewing pot.

  2. Pour the pre-measured, room temperature, or colder water over the grounds.

  3. Cover and steep in the refrigerator for 12-18 hours, keeping in mind that the longer you let it brew the stronger the coffee will be.

  4. After the preferred steep time, remove the filter and dispose of the coffee grounds. If you are using a brewing vessel that does not have a filter system it will be necessary to filter out the coffee grounds. Coffee filters used for regular brewed coffee work great!

  5. Hooray, your cold brew coffee is ready! Be careful though, that coffee will have 2-3 times more caffeine than your regular cup of joe.


  • Grind coffee as coarse as possible, it should look like breadcrumbs.

  • If the grind is too fine the coffee will over-extract and create a gritty, cloudy coffee that doesn’t taste good!

  • The final product of a cold brew coffee can be treated as an “extract” and watered down to have more of the taste and caffeine content of a regular brewed coffee

  • Natural Processed coffees add a nice sweetness to your cold brew, almost like sugar has been added.

How About Some Iced Coffee?

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"This refreshing creamy instant iced coffee drink recipe is extremely easy, quick, and super affordable. Let me show you how to make the best-iced coffee recipe fast at home without a blender. This drink is perfect for any time of the day, definitely great in the summer weather"


  1. Use between 1 to 2 tbsp coffee granules to make a 200 ml glass of coffee. That is about a cup made of hot and chilled water.

  2. 1/3 to 1/2 cup of milk, any type of milk would work

  3. 1 cup ice or as desired

  4. 2 tablespoons sugar or as desired


  1. Add coffee granules and sugar to a tall glass, then add about 2 tablespoons of warm water (from the kettle) and stir until dissolved.

  2. Dilute the coffee with chilled water (about a cup or 1/2 a cup) and stir to combine.

  3. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking.

  4. Add milk of choice stir to combine and finish it off with some ice.

  5. Give it another good stir and serve with a straw or drink it straight from the cup.

  6. Enjoy!

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