Another light roast, another cold vs hot brew battle.
Same beans, same temperature, same serving vessel, different brewing temperatures.
This round: Peet’s Colombia Luminosa.
As usual, cold brew goes first. It smells light, slightly sweet and ready, kind of like biscuits and honey, with cherry & tobacco hiding in the background. It’s an intricate aroma and I kept going back to it. The taste is cherry forward, some notes of black tea, and hints of bread remain with a light roastiness. It has a medium feel, bigger than most cold brew’s I’ve done (it’s not “coffee water”). There’s a sweetness on the tongue but finishes dry.
Hot brew has stronger roast & bread aromas, no sweet notes, but hiding in the distance are whispers of peach, cherry & apricot. The taste is almond heavy, with medium roast, some earthiness & smokey qualities work come through with a slightly bitter finish. It’s medium bodied, just slightly bigger than the cold brew, but there’s a noticeable astringency in the finish. The flavor here is bolder, but not nearly as complex.
Cold brew wins this round. I don’t look for “coffee milkshakes” or anything in my java. The only times I would even consider adding sugar or milk would be if I end up drinking something akin to Folger’s Instant and need to mask the battery acid qualities to make it swallowable (this hasn’t happened since I had to operate a 40,000 sq ft store/ donation & volunteer center by myself & had to be in no less than 3 places at the same time for 8 hour stretches). That said, I prefer the sweet notes that balance out the cold brew over the (albeit small) notes of smoke, bitterness & astringency in the hot. Cold brew wins almost across the board here. Better flavor, aroma, and body. It also just comes across as more complex. I wanted to keep drinking it & exploring it. The hot brew didn’t feel as inviting. Though, hot brew still wins for convenience sake, since it does not require planning ahead for a minimum of 12 hours.