Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - COLD brew cof­fee is this win­ter’s ‘hottest’ bev­er­age trend, made by steep­ing cof­fee grounds in cold wa­ter. Hip­sters crow that it tastes smoother and richer. WELL, Star­bucks and a few other re­tail­ers have launched ‘ni­tro cold brew’. The cof­fee is mixed wit

Why’s it in the news? What­ever next? So does it taste dif­fer­ent?

AP­PAR­ENTLY so. Soak­ing grounds in cold wa­ter makes the cof­fee less acidic than hot brew. So, you shouldn’t need ex­tra sugar — and there’s less caf­feine, too. A 16oz cold brew from Star­bucks con­tains around 200mg, while a hot 16oz cof­fee con­tains 360mg.

How do you drink it? Where did it come from?

NOT the Ital­ians this time — cold brew started in Ja­pan. ‘Ky­oto cof­fee’ was in­tro­duced in the 1600s by Dutch traders and even­tu­ally reached Cuba in the Twen­ties. From there, the trend hit the U.S. and fi­nally trick­led over here.

And how can I try it?

NI­TRO Cold Brew is now in Star­bucks and Costa, while even su­per­mar­kets are tap­ping into the trend. For cold cof­fee con­nois­seurs, Sandows sells canned ni­tro cold brew at Ocado, Sel­fridges and Whole Foods (six cans for £13).

Could I make it my­self?

OF COURSE. Jamie Oliver is a big fan, and serves his DIY recipe in jam jars (nat­u­rally). Pour coarsely ground cof­fee into a jug. Add cold wa­ter, with a rough 1:8 cof­fee­wa­ter ra­tio. Stir, re­frig­er­ate overnight, then strain. Or try the Hario Cold Brew Cof­fee Pot (£17) — which works like a tea in­fuser, and the Oxo Good Grips Cold Brew Cof­fee Maker (£35.99) can be poured right into a cup. But if you’re dead set on a frothy ni­tro cold brew, the Ni­tro Cold Cof­fee dis­penser from cof­fee­ is a snip at £3,960 . . .

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