Why is cold brew coffee so acidic? Is this just the trend or is all cold brew acidic?

Why is cold brew coffee so acidic? Is this just the trend or is all cold brew acidic?

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  1. Not sure where you are ordering your cold brew coffee. Starbucks blend is very acidic in my opinion. I live in Italy where coffee is a religion. If your coffee is acidic then that means that there is something wrong with the blend of the coffee . That being said, let me explain. not all coffee beans are the same. and if you mix different types of coffee beans together and grind them up then you get a specific type of coffee. I am not an expert of all the types of coffee’s that exist in the world much less in Italy. I will say that there are hundreds if not thousands of blends of coffee’s here in Italy alone. Some are really good , others are not. As I said before coffee in Italy is a religion and many people believe in different ways to mix the coffee beans together, how to toast the coffee beans, and of course the way the beans are ground.
    It reminds me of curry in a way , as there are thousands of types of curries and the basic ingredients are the same, only the way they are mixed is different and in the amount of one spice or another will make all the difference in the final product.
    Coffee is the same as the coffee beans are imported from all over the world. Italy does not grow it’s own coffee beans. So its the way the coffee is prepared that makes all the difference in the world.
    If, your coffee is too bitter then there is too much acid and the mix is not a good mix. I am sure that there are specific mixes for making the best cold coffee. There are certainly mixes for various ways that coffee is served. In Italy our favorite way to drink coffee is espresso, however there is also the home version of espresso which is called Mocha and this is made in a coffee caffettiera that every home in Italy owns.

    Why is cold brew coffee so acidic? Is this just the trend or is all cold brew acidic?

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  2. I can only assume that the cold brew that you’ve tried is over-extracted, that is brewed for too long. In general, cold brewed coffee will have less acid than the same exact beans used to make hot brewed coffee. The most volatile acid compounds in coffee usually need higher brewing temperatures to become an overpowering flavor element. I would need more information about your coffee drinking habits to give you the best advice, but let’s assume you don’t drink much hot coffee, and that your perception of acidity is not from comparing hot to cold brewed coffees. You might want to try sweetening your coffee to balance out the acidity you’re tasting and/or adding milk (animal or plant sourced).

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  3. Cold brew by nature is actually less acidic than hot coffee, as it’s the heat that releases the majority of the acidity in the brewing process. If it’s coffee you’re brewing yourself, try a different blend. If it’s coffee you’re purchasing, it’s likely not cold brew, but iced hot coffee sold as cold brew. Lately I’ve been drinking mostly cold brew I make myself, from the same blend of coffee I use for hot coffee, and there is noticeably a less acidic taste.

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  4. Cold brew is generally up to 70% less acidic than hot coffee (pH level), but the flavor may taste more acidic because the extraction process releases some of the traditionally nuanced high notes you may not be used to.
    The beans being a lighter roast can also make it more “acidic” tasting along with a coffee from a higher elevation (I.e. Ethiopian coffees).
    I’d recommend looking for South or Central American blend with darker roast level – that should make your cold brew taste much smoother by your standard.

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