While coffee is always an important part of life’s agenda, as summer peaks, we’re even more into getting our caffeine chilled, and iced coffee is absolutely where it’s at. But, as with everything else, when one chain pops up with a fun innovation on a favorite, everyone else follows suit. So it’s no surprise that the coolest coffee on the block this summer is cold brew.
Cold brew is essentially iced coffee, but made by pouring room temperature or cold water over coffee grounds and then letting it sit for hours or even days. This coffee is often poured over ice, and the result is smoother and less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee.
Starting this week, Starbucks Reserve Roasteries has launched two new Nitro Cold Brew drinks, the Nitro Cascara Cloud and the Nitro Dirty Chai. Cascara Cloud is made of cascara, the dried fruit of the coffee cherry, and includes Starbucks cold brew, which brings out it’s “dark chocolate body, berry notes, and rich, port-like flavor,” according to a statement from Starbucks. The Dirty Chai mixes classic chai, cream and the same Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew.
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For those who do not have a budget for a Starbucks habit, Trader Joe’s is now selling a delicious cold-brew variant of their own, and to make it even better, it’s infused with coconut flavor. Can you get more refreshing than that? We don’t think so. Trader Joe’s Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate is 100 percent Arabica, the same blend they use for their original Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate, and then mixed with coconut flavors. If you like adding coconut milk to your iced coffee, this will be a perfect pair.
Happy summer caffeinating!