Cosmo wrote:...I was a lifelong coffee drinker since I was a child. About a decade ago my coffee habit got so excessive and I endured a month long headache to kick the habit. I used green tea to help get the monkey off my back. Once I was clean I did eventually replace coffee with green tea.
I found the caffeine buzz from green tea did not jangle my nerves as much as hot brewed coffee. I must be sensitive to some compound in hot brew coffee that makes me more jittery than an equivalent amount of green tea. I found the same to be true with cold brew coffee – a less jangled caffeine experience (based on one cup, more research is needed).
I agree with the prior posts. The cold brew coffee was less acrid than hot brew. To me it falls between tea and hot brew coffee. It tasted slightly sweet (I added no sugar or cream). It was pretty refreshing and I could indeed taste many more flavors in the coffee without the acids.
It’s not for everyone and there is the lack of "on demand" brewing, lack of a hot drink etc. I have something new to experiment with.
Thanks for the information
I was a coffee addict in the 1970's. I was burning the candle on both ends (sometimes in the middle, too!), going to college full-time and working full-time and a half, commuting hundreds of miles a week.. Not to mention extracurricular activities. I never slept. I depended on coffee, sometimes laced with Vivarin (I always carried those caffeine pills with me), to maintain my frenetic pace. Or to counteract the extracurricular activity. I had burnt the inside of my mouth once, in 1969 on a pizza fresh out of the oven, so badly it affected my tolerance for hot foods, so I couldn't drink "hot" coffee (or really hot foods either), to this day. So, I resorted to hot tap water & instant YUBAN coffee. I would consume up to two jars a day, mixing it double strength. Around the late 70's, I was getting severe stomach aches from acidic caffeine overdoses, and I was using lots of sugar to offset the caffeine bitterness; I just dropped coffee (and the Vivarin pills) completely, and never drank coffee again. I relied on soft drinks and iced tea (sweet tea, that I grew up on) for my caffeine, thereafter. Now, in my 60's, I drink a gallon of sweet tea every day (from my pitcher, much like Uncle SI Robertson, on TV), and the occasional Diet Pepsi or Coke. All this talk about Cold Brewed coffee makes me want to experiment with it, also. If the taste is not as acrid as hot coffee, I might like some, now and then. I loved the aroma of coffee, back then, and still find myself enjoying the smell of my wife's morning brew.