Dunkin’ Answers Your Top Cold Brew Questions

Dunkin’ Answers Your Top Cold Brew Questions

After introducing Cold Brew at Dunkin’ in 2016, it quickly became a fan favorite. But, how much do you really know about your go-to brew? In honor of National Cold Brew Day tomorrow, we’re answering frequently asked questions about the beloved beverage.

If you’re looking to enjoy a Dunkin’ Cold Brew to celebrate the occasion, we’ve got your back with carry-out, drive-thru and curbside pick-up, at select locations. We recommend ordering ahead on the Dunkin’ App for a contactless way to order and pay. Or, in select areas, you can get your Cold Brew delivered with Grubhub.

What is Cold Brew?

At Dunkin’, our Cold Brew is handcrafted in small batches, prepared by steeping a special dark roast blend of ground coffee in cold water for twelve hours. This process extracts a distinctive flavor from the beans, delivering a rich, smooth coffee with an inherently sweeter flavor reminiscent of dark chocolate. Cold Brew is delicious when enjoyed black, or can be customized with flavors, dairy or sweetener, just the way you like it.

Cold Brew

What is the difference between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee?

Both Dunkin’ Iced Coffee and Cold Brew use high-quality, 100% Arabica coffee beans and are freshly brewed every day. However, each beverage’s unique brewing process and signature flavor profile is what sets them apart.

Dunkin’ Original Blend Iced Coffee is brewed with double the amount of coffee grounds, cooled and then poured over ice. This process ensures that every cup of Iced Coffee’s freshness and rich flavor is never compromised at the expense of serving it cold. The result is a lively, balanced coffee with hints of nuts and caramel. On the other hand, Dunkin’ Cold Brew is made by steeping a special dark roast blend of ground coffee in cold water for twelve hours to slowly extract all the flavor into this velvety brew.

Check out our blog post on the difference between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew here.

Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee


What is Nitro Coffee?

Cold coffee lovers can get their hands on Nitro Coffee exclusively at next-generation Dunkin’ stores. Dunkin’ Nitro Coffee features our popular Cold Brew coffee, infused with nitrogen for a bold taste with a smooth and creamy texture, as well as an Instagram-worthy, cascading visual effect.

If you’re not already a regular at your local next-generation Dunkin’, you’ll want to check it out. The state-of-the-art restaurant design – which first debuted in January 2018 in our hometown of Quincy, Mass. – features a modern atmosphere, innovative technologies and exciting elements, like a tap system serving eight consistently cold beverages such as Cold Brew and Nitro Coffee.

Read more about Dunkin’ Nitro Coffee here.


How can I make Cold Brew at home?

For those looking to enjoy their go-to brew at home, we’ve got your back with our Dunkin’ Cold Brew Coffee Packs. This at-home blend has all the rich, smooth, full-bodied flavor of "craft" coffee, without any of the "craft" coffee effort.

Once you have your Dunkin’ Cold Brew Coffee Packs, which are available online or at grocery retailers nationwide, just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Drop 2 coffee packs and 4 cups of cold water into a pitcher
  2. Steep in refrigerator overnight (8-12 hours)
  3. Remove and discard packs, then add 3 cups of cold water, or dilute to your desired brew strength

Check out a video on how to make Dunkin’ Cold Brew at home here.

Cold Brew Packs


What recipes can I make with Cold Brew?

Those looking for a fun and delicious recipe to make at home using Dunkin’ Cold Brew will love our Dunkin’ Coffee Smoothie. This tasty creation is made using our ultra-smooth Cold Brew, bananas, oat milk and chocolate sauce. Check it out below!

Cold Brew Smoothie


Ingredients: Makes 1 serving

  • 1 small Dunkin' Cold Brew
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz. of oat milk (or your preferred dairy)
  • 1 oz. of chocolate syrup


  1. Pour Cold Brew into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight
  2. Peel banana, slice and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight
  3. Once everything is frozen, add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until it has a uniformly smooth consistency
  4. Pour the smoothie into a glass, sip and enjoy!

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