PODCAST. Have you ever taken coffee that’s been sitting around too long and added ice to make your version of iced coffee? Traditional iced coffee is regular coffee brewed hot and then cooled down. Cold-brew coffee is just the opposite.
You use water that is room-temp or chilled and then the coffee steeps slowly over time…usually 20-24 hours to get the caffeine and the flavor. Cold-brew needs more ground coffee to get the flavor than traditional brewed coffee. Usually it’s concentrated and then diluted with milk, cream or water.
You may have heard that some coffee brewing methods may increase cholesterol levels. Remember that coffee doesn’t contain cholesterol but might affect how the body produces it. A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials looking at coffee consumption and serum lipids found that filtered coffee demonstrated very little increase in serum cholesterol. Consumption of unfiltered coffee can increase serum levels of total and LDL cholesterol.
Listen to the podcast for more on cholesterol and what how cold-brew affects it.