Iced and Cold Brew Coffee Are Different

Iced and Cold Brew Coffee Are Different


Maybe it’s because I’m a mom or possibly because I’m getting old and forgetful, but I often find myself drinking cold coffee. Considering my love for frappes, this isn’t that big of deal. Half the time I drink it cold, the other half I warm it back up. Scratch that. Somewhere in those statistics should be the percent of time I completely forget to drink it.

Perhaps I need coffee to remember to drink my coffee.

Then a while back, I started hearing about cold brew coffee. A friend of mine was raving about it and explained that she needed to make a batch. Oblivious to the concept, I just figured she meant she was making regular coffee to use as an iced coffee. I thought to myself that I was trendy and didn’t even know it.

Then I heard that Starbucks was serving it. And other places, too. Little did I know what a fad it had become and that I was missing the boat. It’s not just hot brewed coffee over ice. It’s not a precursor to a frappe. According to what I read, cold brew coffee is prepared using cold water and ice in a very slow-drip process. The result is smoother than the traditional hot-brewed varieties. This process creates a beverage that is less acidic (or bitter) allowing the signature hints and flavor tones of each brand and variety to shine through.

Then I found out there were coffee makers and gadgets specifically for cold-brew coffee. Oh dear. You have my attention now, coffee world.

I have a problem with gadgets. I love them. Always have. It’s like they call to me. Before moving to California, I attended a Pampered Chef party and vowed to become more involved with that company in order to stock my first home. Within a few weeks of buying my first home, I went through with that wish and signed up to be a consultant. Because… kitchen toys are fun.

You don't need to go to the coffee shop. Use the Dripo cold brew coffee maker to make it at home! -

That was long ago and now I find most new gadgets on Amazon or at the local kitchen store. If there’s a new kitchen trinket or thingamajig on the market, chances are it is on my wish list. The Dripo Cold Brew Coffee maker is the perfect example!

You don't need to go to the coffee shop. Use the Dripo cold brew coffee maker to make it at home! -

To be clear, it isn’t a giant coffee maker of any sort. It doesn’t require any counter top space and fits nicely in a cabinet. It’s basically a normal coffee tumbler with a few extra layers that make up the unique drip system. It includes the previously mentioned tumbler, the coffee compartment that includes embossed measurement markings, two types of filters, a compartment for the ice and water as well as a lid.

You don't need to go to the coffee shop. Use the Dripo cold brew coffee maker to make it at home! -

The process is simple: Add coffee to the compartment with the measuring notches on them. There’s a filter on the bottom of this compartment that allows the water to leach through the grounds. Top it with a paper filter or wet the grounds to allow for even distribution of the water then nest this coffee compartment in the tumbler portion.

You don't need to go to the coffee shop. Use the Dripo cold brew coffee maker to make it at home! -

The Dripo Cold Brew Coffee Maker utilizes the Japanese style of ice drip. Add ice water to the topmost section, affix the lid and wait patiently for it to “brew”. The process takes several hours, but the resulting taste is significantly different than what you get from the traditional hot-brewing method of making coffee.

You don't need to go to the coffee shop. Use the Dripo cold brew coffee maker to make it at home! -

I’ve admitted many times that I have a sweet tooth and recently have tried cutting back on the amount of sweeteners I use, specifically in my coffee. When the sugar-substitute sweeteners ran out, I opted to replace them. Not because I have a concern about them, but rather because I was using them as a crutch. A packet of any substitute is usually sweeter than a packet of sugar but I was continuing to add more and more. When I tasted the cold brew coffee, I noticed it was smooth, yet robust in flavor. Like a fine wine, I could have sipped it for hours and appreciated the rich, clean flavor.

You don't need to go to the coffee shop. Use the Dripo cold brew coffee maker to make it at home! -

The final step is to add ice, which basically dilutes this very strong but smooth coffee down a bit. After a few sips, I continued my quest to reduce the amount of sweeteners by adding just a touch of plain sugar and some creamer to sweeten it up a little. Not as sweet as I used to have it, but it didn’t matter. It tasted delicious!

And then it was gone. 

I didn’t understand what the hubbub was about the cold brew coffee, but I get it. Would I spend big bucks to order it at a coffee house? Probably not. Would I regularly make up a batch at home? Definitely. I have the gadget to do it… so why not?!

You can learn more about the Dripo Cold Brew Coffee Maker by visiting their website or following them on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. This easy-to-use cold brew coffee maker is available on Amazon for under $30. Enter coupon code “DripoTen” at checkout for an additional $10 savings. Of course, winning one would really perk you up. Enter using the form:

Dripo Cold Brew Coffee Maker Giveaway

Nicole Brady

About Nicole Brady

Founder and owner of, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

47 comments on «Iced and Cold Brew Coffee Are Different»

  1. Stacie H says:

    I usually add milk and a little chocolate syrup. 🙂

  2. shannon fowler says:

    Im not a huge coffee fan, so i just choke it down, but my fiancé loves it. he is always doing different combos, but tends to add splenda and cream to most things

  3. Kim O says:

    i add milk and 2 packets of Truvia. I like sweet coffee

  4. Renee Walters says:

    I add cream and sugar to my coffee

  5. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I make a homemade coffee creamer with coconut sugar, cocoa, and powdered whole milk. For cold coffee I would probably make a liquid creamer.

  6. I like a cream and sugar in my coffee and I like it strong.

  7. Shawn King says:

    I love iced coffee

  8. Darlene Carbajal says:

    I don’t drink coffee, but my family loves it!

  9. Melissa C says:

    I add ice cubes, 2 tablespoons caramel vanilla coffee creamer and 1 teaspoon of sugar

  10. Ruth says:

    I have wanted to try this.

  11. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I like to add flavored cream to my coffee.

  12. Dotty J Boucher says:

    I love a little creamer and one sugar to my coffee..

  13. Corey Bean says:

    I love cold brew coffee. Its super smooth even of you want to warm it up too (:

  14. Edward L says:

    <– This guy is addicted to coffee

  15. Elizabeth H. says:

    Sugar free vanilla creamer

  16. Emily Endrizzi says:

    I add cream and sugar to my coffee.

  17. Drew T says:

    I know that the contest is over, but that’s a pretty cool little invention.

  18. Jennifer H. says:

    I add in hazelnut creamer and Splenda.

  19. Éva says:

    I wouldn’t drink it without milk

  20. Zita Hargitai says:

    I drink coffee with lots of sugar

  21. betty league says:

    I add almond oil to my coffee to enhance the aroma and taste. Yum! thanks

  22. Samantha B. says:

    I am always 1 sugar 2 cream, although on rough days I may just get a Double Double.

  23. Gabrielly says:

    I usually add milk.

  24. rachael debates says:

    thanks for the opportunity

  25. I add 3 tsp of sugar and creamer to my 12 oz cup of coffee. During the fall I use pumpkin or caramel creamer to go with my flavored pumpkin coffee.

  26. Brandon Sparks says:

    Most all the time I drink my coffee black. Add nothing to it.

  27. Amy Deeter says:

    I add flavored creamer, and i also add some sugar to it

  28. carl says:

    No milk or sugar to my coffee.

  29. Lauryn R says:

    I usually just add a little bit of hazelnut creamer to my coffee. 🙂

  30. Ruth says:

    I want to try this . Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Kristen says:

    I add low fat milk to my coffee.

  32. Dee says:

    I usually add cream and sugar. 🙂

  33. Diogo de Castro says:


  34. June S. says:

    Wow! I have never seen a coffee brewer like this one before, pretty neat.

  35. Cynthia C says:

    I want to try cold brewed coffee. I’ll have to work on my patience, though, since it takes so long to brew.

  36. Very interesting, now I really want to try it!

  37. what is drippo made out of? plastic or glass?

  38. Julie Waldron says:

    I don’t like iced coffee but my daughter does, we both have Keurigs & have made iced coffee with it but I think this would work better.

  39. Gail W says:

    Love Cold brew

  40. shannon chavez says:


  41. Jessica says:

    I prefer cold brewed coffee over iced.

  42. Liz M says:

    Now I’m curious about how that would taste!

  43. Sue E says:

    As hot as it was this summer, I started drinking cold brew coffee. I wanted to try something different. Plus my sister lives in Seattle and suggested I try it. I was kind of surprised that I liked it more than the Iced Coffees that I was used to drinking. My thinking was as long as it was coffee, I am game! I’m a Java junkie.

    1. Nicole says:

      I was surprised by how different cold brew coffee tasted, Sue. It’s so much smoother than drip coffee!

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