The Biggest Coffee Trends in 2020

2020 has been a pretty strange year. I'm particularly thankful for the time it's given me to sit down and start Coffee Toms, but with great power comes great responsibility so I've been keeping my ear to the ground to keep on top of the biggest and emerging coffee trends of 2020. So here's my take on what to look out for. 

The Cold Brew

Let's start with the basics - it's a common misconception that cold brew coffee and iced coffee are the same thing, but actually they're quite different. Don't worry, even some coffee shops fall at this hurdle, when asking for a cold brew you might be served your normal hot coffee, with added ice. 

So what is the difference?

Well, a cold brew is a coffee that has been made by steeping the coffee grounds in water for as long as 24 hours. This method produces a stronger concentrated coffee essence, which can be served chilled after being diluted with water, cream or milk. Essentially, cold brew = extracted using cold water.

How does it affect the flavour?

It's a tricky one to clarify as the beans you choose will have their own tasting notes, but typically cold brew has less of a bitter flavour than its hot-brewed counterpart. Personally, I find it tastes mellow and often sweeter, with much less acidity. 

Looking for a recipe on cold brew coffee? Cookie and Kate have a great one :) 

a glass of cold brew

This leads us nicely onto..

Iced Coffee

So, we know what Cold Brew is, but what is Iced Coffee? 

Essentially, iced coffee is your choice of coffee, poured over ice. Simple really!

It's the perfect summer drinking buddy and is really easy to make at home, giving you a much needed caffeine kick whilst also being refreshing. 

So how do you make it I hear you ask? Well, it's relatively straightforward to do and you don’t need too many ingredients either.

My personal favourite method is using my Aeropress, directly over ice. But if you want to make more of a frappe style drink, you can also add cream and syrups for a truly coffee shop touch.

Here is a more comprehensive guide on making iced coffee at home.

an iced coffee in a glass to enjoy at home

Aeropress

The Aeropress - one of my favourite coffee gadgets. If you haven't already got one, I strongly recommend adding one to your coffee toolbox. 

It's a really simple on-the-go coffee maker and is particularly useful being mobile too, making it really easy to pack in your work bag, suitcase, or anywhere else you might need to make a coffee. The other additional bonus is that it's small, so you don't need a huge cupboard to store it in and it's really affordable, which is great news if you need a delicious coffee hit on a budget.

So how does it work?

Well, it works with a plunger, chamber and vacuum. Hot water is forced through the finely ground coffee at a high pressure, this sounds more complicated than it looks. Essentially you just let your coffee brew for a few seconds and slowly push the plunger down, forcing the water through the grounds and filter and into your cup full of ice below. It's really easy to use and produces a great flavoured coffee.  

Take a look at the aeropress website for more details & videos. 

a person pouring kettle water into an aeropress coffee filter

Coffee Cocktails

We owe a lot to the person who first decided to mix alochol + coffee together. 

Two of my favourite things rolled into one. It's not really a new trend, but I certainly can't see this one getting any less popular any time soon. After all, who doesn't love an Espresso Martini or an Irish Coffee?

Coffee Bags

As the name suggests, the idea of a coffee bag is much the same as a tea bag. It is a heat sealed bag that is filled with either a blend or some ground coffee.

They come in different varieties and in order to make your own delicious cup you simply add them to a mug and then pour on the hot water.

You may think that this works much the same as instant coffee, but the truth is that this method allows the coffee to move around in the bag and not actually dissolve. In fact, coffee bags are known to produce the same flavour as what you would get from an open filter.

You just don’t have to worry about fancy machines and buying additional things to get a simply great cup of coffee.

Here is an example of great coffee in a bag. 

Coffee as a Pre-workout drink

We all know that coffee is great for giving you a boost of energy when you need it most. But, aside from helping you to work out, there are a number of other reasons that you might want to try coffee as a pre-workout drink.

Coffee is known to have fat-burning properties, which means that if you drink it before you exercise then it will cause the fat cells in your body to be used as the key energy source.

Not only this, but it is also known to kickstart your metabolism which means that you can continue to burn calories after your workout. Simply with the drink inside your body.

Of course, it is worth noting that you do need to leave out the sugar and milk for this to work. So think more espresso or black coffee then a latte!

Coffee subscription

Now obviously, you're visiting my page so it's fair to assume you might know that we're in the coffee subscription trade? They're pretty trendy at the moment, what with most people in the country stuck inside due to lockdown. But if you're still after some great tasting coffee from the comfort of your own living room then why not take a deeper look into the world of Coffee Toms.

Need the 411? 📢

  • Our beans are sourced from the highest grade of farms & roasted to perfection.
  • When choosing your subscription just pick the grind that suits your brewing vibe - whether thats whole bean, cafetiere (coarse) or espresso (fine).
  • Then, choose how many bags you want per month, add it to your cart, punch in your details & you’re off!

Need more info? Then just click here to see if our coffee subscription vibes with your taste buds. Then (hopefully) sit back and wait for your new delivery to pop through your letter box. 

Much Love

T x 

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