This Is the Healthiest Coffee You Can Drink

Hot-brewed coffee is no longer the only way to get your java fix. Now, cold-brewed coffee has addicts going nuts. In fact, the popularity of cold brew grew by a whopping 580 percent from 2011 to 2016. Cold brew coffee uses a no-heat process that steeps ground coffee beans in cold water for a long period of time. Coffee companies have even claimed that it’s less acidic than a hot cup of Joe, which would mean fewer stomach problems. But very little research has been done on the real benefits of cold brew.

Enter two coffee drinkers, who also happen to be researchers from Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), pitted cold brew against hot coffee in a study to see if there was any true difference between them.

They looked at the chemical differences between light roast coffees from Brazil, Columbia, Myanmar, Mexico, and two regions of Ethiopia. They found that the concentration of acidic compounds and antioxidant activity were higher in the hot brew than the cold brew.