Cold brew methods for bottled coffee are getting more innovative—and delicious. Here are a few of the season's best new contenders.
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Far from the French Quarter, in the outer boroughs of New York City, you'll find a coffee shop slinging a different twist on the classic chicory-coffee combination. We crashed the party at Brooklyn's Sweetleaf outpost to get some step-by-step tips on this drink from barista Nikita Flavius-Gottschalk.
Califia Farms' AlmondMilk (which is made from whole blanched (not roasted) California almonds) is available in number of the flavors you might expect (original, unsweetened, vanilla, and coconut) but they recently launched a ready-to-drink iced coffee option for vegan, non-soy drinkers—and for those of us who just like the taste of almond milk. While we generally shy away from premixed, ready-to-drink anything, having prepared iced coffee ready to go in the fridge is a convenience we're interested in. Because we're never more lazy than before we've had coffee, and we've always forgotten to make cold brew the night before.
As long as the sun is out (even if the wind is brisk), I'm game for a cool afternoon caffeine kick. But these days there's an entire menu of possible iced coffee brewing methods...even if you're just making yourself an iced coffee at home. Here's a rundown of a few different options.
As the crisp days of fall and the last sunsets of summer fight for your affection, there's always time for one last stab at hot-weather refreshment (or if you're in Los Angeles, and it's still 100°). And though you've heard of cold brewed coffee, and Japanese-style iced coffee, there's yet another—faster!—way to brew cold. And goodness knows with winter rolling right in, time is of the essence.
As you may have seen The New York Times, you can now score a growler (64 ounces!) of cold-brewed ice coffee at Birch Coffee in New York. We gave the coffee a try, and it's just about perfect. But is a growler of coffee a good deal?
You don't need any special equipment to make the life-restoring, heat-battling, cold-brew iced coffee everybody's talking about. Just coffee, water, a couple containers, a filter—and about 12 hours of patience.