Hot vs. Cold Brewed Iced Tea

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With the Ceylon tea from Bellocq, I used two methods to make iced tea — hot and cold brew. First, I prepared the cold brew by filling a tea filter with four teaspoons of the Ceylon loose leaf tea. The standard proportion is 1 – 2 teaspoon of tea per cup. The closed filter went right into a carafe with four cups of cold water along with some lemon slices and mint leaves. The tea can brew in the refrigerator anywhere between 2 – 12 hours. I left mine overnight in the fridge and took out the tea filter in the morning. With cold brew, I found the flavors to be milder and more delicate without any bitterness.

For the hot brew, I filled a pot with four cups of water which I brought to a boil. I then shut off the heat and added in the tea filter — also with four teaspoons of tea — and let it steep for five minutes. I took out the tea filter, and let the tea cool for a bit before transferring it to a carafe. That went into the fridge for a while and later after it cooled a bit, I added lemon slices and mint. The hot brew tasted slightly stronger than the cold brew and had a tinge of bitterness.

Which one did I prefer?


The cold brew. I liked how it was smooth, mild, less acidic and easier to prepare. It also has less caffeine.

One thing to note. Brewed tea doesn’t last forever. It should be kept in the refrigerator for no more than three days.

How are you preparing your iced tea?

//Carafes from Bed Bath & Beyond.//

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2 thoughts on “Hot vs. Cold Brewed Iced Tea”

  1. Hello Jee!

    I only recently found your lovely blog (through Bellocq's Twitter feed, funnily enough) and am so glad you wrote about the differences between hot- an cold-brewed tea. I was a bit sceptical about cold brewing, but now I'll certainly give it a try! Thanks!


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