Folks, pour yourselves a steaming... just kidding... rather, a cool, delightful cup of joe, because we're celebrating National Cold Brew Day! Ever wondered why the internet went bonkers over this chilled caffeinated beverage on the 20th of April, 2016? Well, fasten your coffee filters, because we're diving straight into the bean-tastic history of this invigorating day.
It's national cold brew day on the 20th April.
What could be more refreshing than kicking things off with a robust and velvety smooth cold brew coffee? Our digital journey begins in 2016, when the internet was buzzing, quite appropriately, like a well-caffeinated beehive. Our trusty advanced mention detection system recorded a whopping 435 mentions of National Cold Brew Day, making 20th April 2016 the most widely celebrated Cold Brew Day in history. It was a virtual coffee carnival!
Why all the hype, you ask? Cold brew coffee is not just an ordinary cup of joe. It's carefully brewed without heat, resulting in a less acidic, supremely smooth and subtly sweet profile. As coffee connoisseurs began to appreciate this gentler approach to their favorite roast, National Cold Brew Day emerged as a way to share and celebrate this innovative brew method.
The first significant mention and celebration of the day on the internet were a thrilling tribute to these mellow coffee trends. Posts, pictures, and even pun-filled memes flooded the virtual world, with people all over the globe sharing their favorite cold brew recipes, their preferred blends, and, of course, the best time of day to drink it. (Hint: Anytime!)
During the 1960s, iced coffee became popular as a refreshing and cold alternative to regular hot coffee. It was typically made by chilling hot brewed coffee and serving it over ice. However, this method sometimes resulted in a diluted and less flavorful beverage.
The term 'cold brew' originated in the 1960s when it first appeared in a promotional booklet published by the Japanese coffee company, Nihon Dabo, in 1964. At this time, 'cold brew' referred to a method of making iced coffee by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period of time, usually overnight. This process gradually extracts the flavors from the coffee beans, resulting in a smoother and less acidic brew.
Coffee, derived from the Arabic word 'qahwah,' meaning 'wine of the bean,' has been consumed for centuries. Legend has it that around the 9th century, an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee when he noticed his goats becoming energized after eating the red berries of a certain shrub. Eventually, coffee cultivation spread to the Arabian Peninsula and became popular throughout the Islamic world.
In 1964, a chemical engineering graduate named Todd Simpson developed a new method to brew coffee with lower acidity and reduced bitterness. He created a cold brewing system that used time instead of heat to extract the desired flavors from the beans. Simpson's creation, called the 'Toddy Coffee Maker,' sparked the early days of what is now known as cold brew.
The term 'cold brew' became widely known in the United States around 2003 when a specialty coffee shop called 'Bricklane Coffee' in London introduced cold brewed coffee to the American market. Their innovative method involved steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in cold water for 24 hours, which produced a unique flavor profile that was distinct from traditional hot brewed coffee. This groundbreaking technique gained popularity and sparked a cold brew revolution in the American coffee scene.
During the 17th century in Japan, cold brew coffee, known as 'Kyoto-style' or 'Dutch coffee,' was developed. It involved brewing coffee with room temperature or cold water over an extended period, often overnight. This slow extraction process resulted in a smooth, less acidic coffee concentrate.
In the 1960s, Japanese companies such as Tetsu Kasuya and Hario started experimenting with brewing methods using ice to rapidly chill the hot coffee during the brewing process. This technique, called 'Japanese iced coffee,' offered a convenient and quick way to enjoy a refreshing iced coffee with vibrant flavors.
Throughout the 1970s, cold brew gained popularity among coffee enthusiasts and home brewers who appreciated its smoother, less acidic taste. The slow extraction process allowed for a more concentrated coffee concentrate that could be diluted with water or milk according to personal preference.
By 2010, cold brew had firmly established itself as a mainstream beverage. Major coffee chains began offering cold brew alongside their regular menu items, and bottled cold brew became readily available in grocery stores. The term 'cold brew' became synonymous with a refreshing and smooth coffee experience that appealed to both coffee connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. Its popularity continued to soar as more people discovered the distinct taste and lower acidity of this brewing method.
In the 2010s, cold brew experienced a surge in popularity, with specialty coffee chains and artisanal coffee shops adding it to their menus. It became a trend and was widely embraced for its refreshing and bold flavor profile. Cold brew was now recognized as a separate brewing method, distinct from iced coffee.
In the present day, the term 'cold brew' has expanded to encompass a wide range of variations and adaptations. Coffee enthusiasts have experimented with different beans, ratios, and brewing times to create unique flavor profiles. Nitro cold brew, which involves infusing cold brew coffee with nitrogen gas to create a velvety texture and foamy head, has also gained significant popularity. Today, 'cold brew' has become a beloved beverage, celebrated for its smoothness, versatility, and the ability to be enjoyed year-round.
In the early 2000s, cold brew coffee gained popularity globally. The slow extraction method became trendy, appealing to coffee enthusiasts who sought a less acidic, smoother coffee experience. Commercial cold brew brands emerged, catering to the growing demand for ready-to-drink cold brew beverages, and the concept of 'cold brew' became a common term in coffee culture.
Today, cold brew has become a beloved part of coffee culture worldwide. Its popularity has led to the emergence of dedicated cold brew brands, packaged cold brew ready-to-drink bottles, and innovative brewing techniques. People appreciate the smoothness, lower acidity, and unique flavor profile that cold brew offers, making it a staple in the ever-evolving world of coffee.
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