Cold brew is often marketed as a healthier alternative to hot coffee, but this may not be a warranted claim. A study tested the pH level and levels of antioxidants of different hot and cold brew coffees. The different coffees had similar pH levels which contradicts the claim that cold brew coffee is less acidic than hot coffee. Furthermore, the hot coffee contained more antioxidants than cold brew. The prevalence of antioxidants is known as one of the main health benefits of coffee.
- According to scientists from Jefferson University, hot coffee has more beneficial antioxidants than its cold brew counterpart.
- While cold brew may be gentler on digestion due to a lower ph level, hot brew has a high amount of titratable acids.
- Consuming hot brew may lower your risk of some cancers, depression, and diabetes.
“The results of the study also revealed that the pH levels of both hot and cold coffee were similar. All coffee samples tested had pH levels that ranged from 4.85 to 5.13.”