In March 2015, Starbucks launched their cold brew coffee in 2,800 stores, making cold brew officially mainstream. But now that Dunkin' is on board? Let's just call cold brew a new staple.
Dunkin' Donuts just announced that select locations in the Metro New York area and Los Angeles will now have fresh cold brew available each day while supplies last, and it'll spread to more participating locations later this summer (thank goodness).
There's a reason people are swapping their regular iced java for cold brew (and, no, it's not the same thing): it's really freaking good. It's made by steeping the coffee beans in cold water for an extended period of time (usually 12-24 hours) to extract a unique flavor that's not quite as intense as hot-brewed coffee, Matt Bachmann, co-founder of Wandering Bear Coffee Co. told Shape. For the record, regular iced coffee is brewed hot, then cooled and poured over ice. Dunkin' boasts their cold brew's "ultra-smooth and naturally sweet flavor profile," in the press release.
That's an especially good thing if it means you're less tempted to add your usual sugar and cream. If you usually order a medium Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee with skim milk and sugar, you're logging 130 calories on your drink alone. Switch to an order of flavorful black cold brew, and it shrinks to zero. (Ordering it black is just one way to lighten up your coffee order.) That adds up big-time when you think about doing it every day: it'll save you roughly 900 calories a week and 47,000 a year. That'll go a long way towards preventing weight gain, losing the pounds you don't want, or giving you wiggle room to enjoy other treats (like, ahem, doughnuts) that seem way more worth the calories.
So, are you hooked on cold brew yet? We thought so. (And if you're counting pennies in addition to calories, we've got you: you can make killer cold brew at home too.)