Your favorite coffeehouse drink made at home — it’s cold brew coffee! This delicious chilled coffee is easy to make and it’s a healthy alternative to caffeinated beverages. Read on to find out how to make it, and 5 benefits of drinking it.

What Is Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew coffee is coffee that’s been brewed for a longer time at a lower temperature than hot-brewed coffee. That results in a smoother, less acidic flavor, since it doesn’t release as much acid into the brew as traditional coffee.

5 Benefits of Drinking Cold Brew Coffee

Here are 5 benefits of drinking cold brew coffee:

  • Drinking cold brew coffee can help you increase your focus and concentration. However, if you’re sensitive to the caffeine, you may experience a jittery feeling. It’s best to avoid drinking coffee after 2 p.m.
  • The antioxidants in coffee have been shown to decrease the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and dementia.[1]
  • A study from the American Heart Association showed that people who drank 2-3 cups of coffee a day had a 17% lower risk of heart failure than those who drank none.[2]
  • Black coffee is a known appetite suppressant. Drinking a cup of black coffee with your meals can help you feel less hungry.[3]
  • Some studies show that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and even liver cancer.[4]