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Cold Brew or Hot Coffee: Which is Healthier?

Cold brew or hot coffee

Are you a hot coffee lover or a cold coffee lover? Regardless of your answer, you are reaping some major health benefits from this awesome brew. However, new research has found that hot coffee may have a slight edge on its cooler counterpart. 

Hot Versus Cold Brewed

Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia recently published a study in the journal Scientific Reports, and hot coffee is the winner. Cold brew may have higher levels of caffeine, but hot coffee has higher levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants have properties that are well-known to reduce inflammation and fight diseases like cancer and heart disease. 

The study analyzed the chemical differences between cold brew and hot light roast coffee from Myanmar, Columbia, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Mexico. This research gave way to another interesting discovery. Some claim that cold brew is less acidic than hot coffee, causing less gastrointestinal problems. However, the researchers at Thomas Jefferson University found that the Ph levels in both beverages ranged from 4.84 to 5.13 – proof that both drinks share nearly identical acidity levels. 

What Is Cold Brew?

If you haven’t jumped on the cold brew bandwagon, you might be wondering what it is and how it differs from iced coffee. Cold brew is made by steeping ground coffee in cool or room temperature water for 12-24 hours. The results? A strong yet smooth cup of coffee that packs a big punch in the caffeine department. Iced coffee, on the other hand, is just hot brewed coffee cooled down and mixed with ice cubes.

If you want to share some extra health benefits with your employees and coworkers, Coffee Mill has a fantastic selection of hot coffee! Contact us today to learn more about our break room services and office coffee delivery.