Editor’s note: I wrote this article as a freelancer for Chowhound.com (formerly owned by CBS Interactive). This piece was published by Chowhound.com on Aug. 20, 2020. I uploaded a portion of the article to my online portfolio on April 22, 2021.

If you’re wondering how to make better iced coffee, hot bloom cold brew might be just the trick you’re looking for.

Don’t like cold brew? You’re not alone. In fact, there’s a whole group of coffee drinkers who aren’t a fan—especially since it’s made with only cold water and no hot water.

“I believe the people who don’t like cold brew tend to dislike it because of its lower acidity, fuller body, and lack of complexity,” says Marcos Iglesias, Parlor Coffee’s educator. “I, for one, usually prefer a lighter and brighter iced coffee over a cold brew, especially on a hot summer day.”

The good news is, if you aren’t a cold brew lover, your coffee exploration doesn’t have to stop there. There’s a hot brewing method that can act as an alternative to regular ol’ cold brew. It’s called hot bloom cold brew.

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