Is cold drip coffee really the ultimate caffeine hit?

More than 1.4 billion cups of coffee are poured around the world each day. More and more of these cups are being filled with delicious cold drip coffee; a method of brewing known for producing a smoother taste. Find out more about this irresistible type of coffee in our guide.

What’s in this article:

  • How to make cold drip coffee.
  • If cold drip coffee is truly the strongest cup of Joe.
  • The answer behind if cold drip coffee will help you lose weight.
  • Where to find the best cold drip coffee near you.

Anyone who isn’t a coffee lover will know the odd stares if you mention so in public. However, if it’s the bitter taste of the beans putting you off, you may love a good cold drip coffee.

This method of coffee uses a slow drip method to extract flavours but leave behind bitter oils, resulting in a delicious brew. Find out how to make it, where to find one, if it has more caffeine and more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cold Drip Coffee

How do you make cold drip coffee?

Cold drip coffee can’t be rushed, so if you need a caffeine hit now, head to a café. It takes anywhere from 1 to 24 hours (depending on the amount and desired flavour) for iced water to slowly drip over freshly ground coffee beans.

To make cold drip, you’ll need freshly ground coffee beans and a drip tower. A drip tower normally has three parts, one with water and ice in the top, the coffee grounds in the middle and an empty vessel at the top. The icy cold water then drips over the coffee grounds and down into the bottom vessel. Can you see why it takes time?

This method extracts the unique flavour of your chosen coffee bean, while not absorbing most of the bitter oils. But is it stronger than other types of coffee?

Is cold drip coffee stronger than normal coffee?

There are many components to the strength of water. Generally, the hotter the water used to brew coffee; the more caffeine is extracted. But you also need to take into account the coffee-to-water ratio.

While cold drip is made with ice water, the coffee to water ratio is higher, but it also does tend to be diluted. This does mean you end up with less caffeine than you would another brew.

Most people drink cold drip coffee for the smooth flavour, which is perfect for espresso martinis.

Does cold drip coffee help you lose weight?

Losing weight is all about calories in versus calories out. Basically, this means you either need to be eating or drinking less calories than your maintenance requirements or burning enough calories to keep you under that number. A bit of both is normally recommended for healthy weight loss.

So, where does drinking cold drip coffee come into the story? According to the Mayo Clinic, there are two main ways caffeine is said to help someone lose weight:

  1. Consuming caffeine can help suppress the appetite for a brief amount of time, helping someone eat less.
  2. It’s suggested caffeine increases your energy input, which burns calories.

However, there is no solid evidence behind either claim at this time. If you’re invested in losing weight, it’s best to speak to a professional.

Where is the best cold drip coffee near me?

Every café with cold drip coffee will claim to have the best. There is only one way to truly find out—try them all! Use the search bar below to find your nearest café and check out their menus to see if you can indeed find a cold drip brew.

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      Sarah Russo

      UX Content Writer

      Sarah Russo is a UX Content Writer at Localsearch with a decade of experience in traditional and digital marketing. She has written for and assisted in the social media and marketing strategies for many different industries, including real estate, medical, health and fitness, trades and beauty. When she isn’t nose deep in data, SEO research or her content strategy, Sarah is a gym junkie, foodie and gamer with a brain full of random facts that come in handy far more often than you would think. As a digital marketing all-rounder and lifestyle specialist, her articles provide insight into marketing, advertising and branding for small businesses on the Localsearch Business Blog, as well as some handy lifestyle tips on the Localsearch Blog.