1. Cold brew contains more caffeine than regular coffee
Thanks to the long steeping process, cold brew’s coffee-to-water ratio is reckoned to be approximately 1:60. This compares with the usual drip coffee ratio of around 1.20. Whoa! That’s a lot of caffeine right there.
2. A cup of cold brew can help you to lose weight
Thanks to its high caffeine content, cold brew coffee can help you to lost weight.
How? Well, by drinking a cup of cold brew or nitro following a workout, you’ll increase your post-energy expenditure, or after-burn effect. The after-burn effect is the term used to describe the body’s ability to continue burning calories after exercise.
3. Drinking cold brew makes you smarter
The caffeine contained in a cup of Joe increases the flow of blood to your brain, thus boosting your cognitive function. Research carried out by the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging shows that the bioactive compounds found in coffee can reduce cognitive deficits, as well as improving motor function.
Although these tests were carried out on lab rats, it’s thought that the same effects are seen in people. And the higher the coffee content of the brew, the bigger the brain boost you’ll receive.
4. Cold brew coffee is better for drinkers with sensitive stomachs
The heat that is used when making drip coffee can produce a bitter flavor to the finished brew.
Heat is not used at all in the process of making cold brew coffee, so the flavor tends to be smoother and the coffee is less acidic. For this reason, those who have sensitive stomachs or suffer from acid reflux generally tolerate cold brew coffee better.
5. Drinking cold brew coffee could extend your life!
Exciting recent research claims that drinking a daily cup of Joe can be good for your health and may even lengthen your life. How come? Well, coffee increases the body’s fat-burning capabilities, increases insulin sensitivity, and decreases the risk of dementia – and it tastes great too. What’s not to like?
Most of these studies are based around the antioxidant content of coffee. Antioxidants, especially chlorogenic acid, are the body’s natural anti-inflammatories, and coffee contains them in abundance. Also, coffee contains more free-radical fighting chemicals than other caffeine-rich drinks such as tea. Free-radicals cause certain cancers, so the less of them in your body, the better.
6. Drinking cold brew coffee every day keeps you looking young
Coffee is reputedly the best beverage for anti-aging effects. That’s because of those antioxidants again. Antioxidants can help to protect your skin from harmful chemicals found in the air and from the sun’s damaging UV rays, helping to keep your skin supple, moisturized, and youthful.
The biggest benefit to cold brew
is its acidity level. As one study points out, cold brew is almost 67 percent less acidic than hot coffee, which means it’s better for your teeth as well as your stomach.
There’s a taste benefit to this type of coffee as well. When coffee is heated, oils from the grounds release acidic compounds, giving coffee that traditional bitter taste. With cold brew, those acidic compounds aren’t released, so that bitter flavor is eclipsed by the actual flavors of the beans. People always talk about coffee having notes of fruit or chocolate, but if you brew it cold, you may actually be able to taste those flavors!
Another big benefit of cold brew (and the reason it lasts so long in the fridge) is that because it’s never been heated, its chemistry doesn’t change, and so its flavor doesn’t either. Anyone who’s tried to drink day-old hot brewed coffee knows that there’s a distinct flavor change once the coffee cools down and sits in the fridge. With cold brew, that doesn’t happen.