How to Make Cold Brew and Flash Brew Iced Coffee at Home

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Although coffee is typically thought of as a hot beverage, the growing popularity of cold brew and iced lattes have been upending that reputation — and not just during the summer. Starbucks reported that at least three-quarters of its U.S. sales in 2022 came from iced drinks even during the winter months, according to one industry report.

While chilled coffee drinks are certainly refreshing, pre-made lattes and other coffee drinks are often loaded with dairy fat and sugar, regardless of their temperature. A 16-ounce (oz) Cinnamon Caramel Cream Cold Brew from the coffee chain contains 250 calories, 12 grams (g) of fat, 8 g of saturated fat, and 32 g of sugar. That’s more than half the saturated fat the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends for an entire day, all from a single drink!

Whipped cream, toppings, and flavored sugar syrups can also add calories, unhealthy fat, and sugar to a drink. Each pump of syrup contains approximately 20 calories and 5 g of sugar, according to Starbucks, and a 12-oz drink typically starts with three pumps of flavor. That’s 15 g, or about three-and-a-half teaspoons, of added sugar — again just more than half what the AHA recommends for an entire day.

Making your own cool coffee drinks at home allows you to keep these nutrients in check and costs a fraction of what you’d pay when ordering out. DIY-ing your brew is not difficult, but there are some things to keep in mind.

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