Have you noticed how much we’re enjoying cold coffee these days? We’ve got two ways for you to get your cold coffee fix, and one coffee you’ve got to try whether you want it cold or hot.
Cold Brew on Tap from The Grommet
We’ve become big fans of cold brew coffee. We’re finding it often less acidic than coffee brewed with hot water and we love the convenience of having concentrated cold brew available in the refrigerator 24/7. But the process of making it left something to be desired. Strainers, cheesecloth, measuring cups. Then we met this sweet Mason jar-looking container from Willow & Everett. Everything is self-contained. Add coarsely ground coffee to the strainer, tuck it in the jar, fill with water, then let the coffee steep for 12 to 24 hours, depending on how concentrated you want your brew. Remove the strainer and coffee grounds and return the jar to the refrigerator. You’re ready to dispense cold brew coffee when the craving strikes. The only downside for us is that no parts are dishwasher safe. But handwashing is a small price to pay for this charming solution.
$39.95. Available at thegrommet.com/willow-and-everett-cold-brew-on-tap-2-0.
Canned Espresso from Peet’s Coffee
Earlier this year The Washington Post reported “We’re living in the golden era of canned coffee.” We think Iced Espressos from Berkeley, California-based Peet’s Coffee may be one of the reasons for that. Available in four flavors - Mocha, Vanilla Latte, Caramel Macchiato, and Black and White - these drinks are made from dark roast Colombian espresso combined with milk, flavorings (like cocoa or vanilla) and just a little sugar. They are definitely less sweet than other espresso drinks we’ve tried, which makes them much more refreshing. Keep them in stock in your refrigerator, then grab a can when you’re headed out the door and you’ll get your caffeine, a little calcium and protein and a whole lot of flavor.
$2.49 to $2.99 per 8-ounce can. Available at Publix, Kroger, Quik Trip, Racetrac, Circle K, Mapco, Pilot Flying J and online at peets.com/.
Traffic from East Pole Coffee Co.
Outside of walking into a coffee roastery, is there anything more wonderful than the aroma that comes from a freshly opened bag of just roasted coffee? This week we’re breathing deep when we open our bag of “Traffic”, a new idea from the clever folks at East Pole. They tell us that this branded coffee will be a staple of their offerings, but that the coffee beans inside the bag will vary. Right now, it’s La Cascada from Colombia. Their website notes, “In a city that’s always changing, with weather that’s never predictable, traffic is the constant.” And the constant for this coffee will be the flavor profile - full-bodied, easy to drink and sweet. We’re loving it right now both cold brew and pourover.
$14 per 12-ounce bag. Available at the East Pole Coffee Bar, 255 Ottley Drive, Atlanta or online at eastpole.coffee/.