Hot or Cold Brew, Which Coffee Is Healthier?

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Researchers (and coffee drinkers) at Jefferson University in Pennsylvania conducted a study to analyze the health effects of hot coffee vs. cold-brew. Their findings, published in Scientific Reports, include:

  • Hot coffee has higher levels of antioxidants, which are thought to be associated with many of coffee’s health benefits.
  • Hot and cold brews have similar acidity (pH) levels, which may be associated with heartburn and other GI problems. Cold brew coffee — made using a no-heat, long-steeping method— has often been touted as less acidic and less likely to cause heartburn than hot brew, but the Jefferson researchers rebut this notion.

In the United States, the popularity of cold-brew coffee soared 580 percent from 2011 to 2016. Studies have shown that hot coffee has a number of measurable health benefits, including a lower risk of certain cancers, diabetes, and depression.

Sourced from: Scientific Reports