No - not quite. They are both cold coffee, but are brewed in different ways.
- Cold brew is made by steeping coffee for 12 to 24 hours in cold water.
- Iced coffee is made by brewing coffee hot and then slowly cooling it down - if coffee cools slowly, it develops a lot of bitterness.
- There is also a way of brewing iced coffee that captures the brightness and complexity of hot brew, but not the bitterness of traditional iced coffee - it’s called “flash brew”, and it requires brewing coffee hot directly over ice - this “flash” cools the coffee quickly, thus avoiding that bitterness that is created when coffee cools more slowly.