When that craving for a refreshingly smooth iced tea hits, look no further than easy homemade cold brew. By steeping tea leaves in cold or room temperature water, you draw out all the nuanced flavors minus the bitterness. Keep reading to learn about the growing love of cold brew tea and why it makes flavorful iced tea with ease.
As summer temps arrive, few drinks provide relief like a tall glass of iced tea – gently sweet, golden and chilled to perfection. But hot brewing can impart bitterness or cloudiness. For naturally smooth and flavorful iced tea that’s almost effortless, cold brew is your ticket.
Cold brewing involves steeping your favorite loose leaf or bagged tea in room temp or chilled water for hours. The slower infusion accentuates sweeter, fruitier notes you don’t get from hot tea. Lower oxidation means no harsh tannins or hazy appearance either.
For bright, thirst-quenching iced tea with subtle flavor layers, trust the ease of cold brew. Learn how this method transforms tea into a delicious ready-to-enjoy summer staple.
What is Cold Brew Tea?
Cold brew tea utilizes time, not temperature, to gradually infuse tea leaves’ essence:
Room Temperature Steeping
Tea leaves or bags steep in room temperature or chilled water for 12+ hours. Occasional gentle stirring accelerates the process.
Maximizing Flavor Extraction
Given more time, cold water still effectively leaches out organic compounds like polyphenols along with the subtle flavors we love.
Slows Down Bitterness
The slower oxidization minimizes release of bitter tannins that hot water draws out. You get sweetness without oversteeping.
Maintains Delicate Flavors
The nuanced, delicate notes evaporate when exposed to hot water. Cold brewing preserves tea’s fleeting aromatics.
Chill and Enjoy
Once brewed, cold tea concentrates simply get poured over ice or diluted to enjoy fresh iced tea anytime.
Benefits of Cold Brew for Iced Tea
The pros of using cold brew for making iced tea are plentiful:
Smoother Flavor Profile
Without harsh heat, tannins stay intact creating a mellow flavor without astringent bitterness or need to cut sweetness.
No Dilution or Cloudiness
Cold brew results in a clear amber liquid without the cloudiness created by watery melted ice when hot tea is poured over it.
Less oxidation means the natural antioxidants like polyphenols in tea remain preserved after cold steeping.
Accentuated Fruit Notes
The pleasant fruity, floral notes overwhelmed by hot water get to shine through in cold brew tea.
Cold brew offers an easy way to maximize flavor subtleties and nutrition for making naturally sweet iced tea again and again this summer.
Cold Brewing Produces Better Iced Tea
If you love refreshing iced tea in the summer, then cold brewing is about to be your new favorite method. Here are just some of the reasons cold brew exceeds at crafting delicious iced tea.
Preserves Delicate Flavors
Brewing tea at high temperatures can destroy their volatile aromatic compounds leading to a flat tasting final product. Cold water protects subtle, fleeting notes.
No Cooling Necessary
Cold brew eliminates the need to first brew hot tea then impatiently wait for it to cool before pouring it over ice and diluting it. You save time and avoid weak tea.
Make concentrated cold brew in bulk then store it to simply dilute with ice and water whenever you want fresh iced tea. The concentrate lasts over a week refrigerated.
Tweak the Strength
With cold brew, you control the exact level of dilution depending on your taste preferences. Like it strong? Dilute less. Prefer lighter? Add more water.
Cold brew made with neutral tea leaves becomes an ideal canvas to add your own flavors from fruits, herbs, spices, creamers, and sweeteners. Get creative!
Cold Steeping Loose Leaf Teas
The versatility of loose leaf teas can be better appreciated through cold brewing to highlight subtle flavor nuances. Whole leaves yield more dimension.
For the best-tasting, freshest iced tea with life-changing ease, cold brew is sure to be your new go-to method this summer.
How to Make Cold Brew Iced Tea
With just a few ingredients, it’s easy to make smooth cold brew iced tea at home:
- Black, white, green or herbal tea leaves
- Filtered or spring water
- Glass jar or pitcher
- Fine mesh tea strainer
- Airtight container for storing concentrate
- Add 1 tablespoon tea leaves per 8oz water into the glass container. Tea bags also work.
- Fill the rest with cool filtered water. Refrigerate for super cold brew.
- Let steep 8-12 hours. For green tea, 6-8 hours is ideal. Sample and steep longer if desired strength.
- Once finished, filter out tea leaves through a fine mesh strainer.
- Dilute concentrate with ice and enjoy! Adjust water amounts based on preference.
Flavor Ideas and Serving Suggestions
Take your cold brew iced tea to the next level with:
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
A splash of lemon adds brightness. For Arnold Palmers, combine lemonade and tea.
Fresh Fruit Purees
Strawberry, peach, mango or pineapple puree turns tea into a fruited infusion.
Add interesting dimensions by steeping herbs like mint, basil or lavender with your tea.
Raw honey, pure maple syrup or agave nectar liven up cold brew teas.
Milk or Creamers
Cold brew topped with milk, cream or your favorite dairy or non-dairy alternative adds a smooth accent.
Fun Serving Ideas
Serve your cold brew over abundant ice with fruit slices or herbs. Pitcher it at your next backyard gathering or picnic.
Options are limitless for crafting your signature cold brew tea!
Types of Tea to Cold Brew
One of the joys of cold brewing is experimenting with different tea varieties. Each offers unique flavor dimensions when infused gradually in cool water.
Robust Black Tea
The classic cold brew. Try breakfast teas or smoky leaves like Lapsang. Cold softens black tea’s boldness.
Floral Oolong Tea
Oolong’s delicate floral aromas are preserved without hot water. The smooth finish is cooling.
Naturally Sweet Rooibos
Rooibos naturally lacks bitterness, making it ideal for infusing at any temperature. Sweet, creamy rooibos cold brew.
Subtly Sweet White Tea
Cold brewing accentuates the delicate sweetness of white tea. Fruit and spice notes sing.
Fruity Herbal Blends
Chilling fruity blends like peach, berry or citrus makes them shine. Coldness amplifies sweetness.
With so many options, the only limit is your imagination. Our cold brew menu has teas to satisfy every palate.
Enjoy Our Cold Brew Iced Teas
Visit or order online from Yucoo Bubble Tea to experience our refreshing, flavorful cold brew iced teas made with care:
Calm Shop Ambience
Relax in our comfy cafe while you watch your custom drink be crafted fresh. Free wifi and phone charging available.
Signatures and Specialties
Sample our rotating cold brews using premium loose leaf black, green, oolong and herbal teas. New flavors every week!
Try limited batch teas like our cold brew ginger peach iced tea featuring summer’s bounty of fruit flavors.
Customize Your Sip
Make any cold brew your own with additions like fruit purees, herbs, milk or dairy substitutes, sweeteners, and boba.
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Order cold brew teas in advance from our website or app and pick up or get local delivery without waiting in line!
Sweet, Smooth Iced Tea Satisfaction
Cold brewing really does unlock a whole new world of flavors and convenience when making fresh iced tea at home or on the go:
The slower oxidation prevents harsh tannins allowing natural sweetness to shine. No need to dilute or over-sweeten.
Whatever tea leaves you choose, cold brewing gives you more control over flavor strength and customization to your taste.
Make Pitchers in Advance
Brew up a big batch of cold brew concentrate to last a week or more refrigerated. Just dilute with ice and water for instant tea.
Chill Out Anytime
Iced teas are clearly sublime in summer but can actually be enjoyed all year. Cold brewing makes this easy to do at home.
This summer, cool down with our refreshing selection of gourmet cold brew iced teas handcrafted here at Yucoo Bubble Tea. Our tea artists would love to guide you through exceptional single origin teas to tantalizing blends ideal for cold brewing based on your flavor preferences. Come invigorate your senses and beat the heat with each soothing sip of sweet, smooth cold brew delight!
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Ready to chill out with a custom cold brew tea made just for you? Visit or order online now from Yucoo Bubble Tea to sample our expansive cold brew menu. Join our rewards program and grab our mobile app to start earning perks towards amazing discounts. Stay cool and refreshed all season long with Yucoo cold brew iced tea!