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Ask Nina Rose: Why Should I Brew My Coffee Cold?

Nina Rose's Iced CoffeeCold water brewing is a method that’s used to produce a smooth cup of iced coffee by soaking the grounds in water for an extended period of time. Proponents enjoy a mild acidity, with less bitterness than coffee brewed with hot water, and an intense, yet smooth flavor.

While hot brewed coffee is best drunk right away, cold brewed coffee can stay fresh in your fridge for up to two weeks. You can enjoy delicious iced coffee without having to make a batch every day (that is, if you can make it last that long!).

There are many different methods that can be used to brew coffee cold, from leaving it in a french press overnight, to using special cold brew systems like the Toddy and the Yama Cold Brewer. Today, I’m going to take you through my experiences cold brewing with the CoffeeSock which has quickly become my new favorite way of brewing rich and smooth iced coffee with ease.

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Frothing at the Mouth

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We’re onto the final weekend of Fante’s Coffee Month! So lets move onto something even more tasty.

Have you ever looked at a coffee shop’s espresso menu and wondered, really, how many ways can you combine espresso and milk? Well, more than you think! Several of the most common espresso drinks are just a blend of either frothed or steamed milk and espresso, and it’s the method of preparation that makes the big difference in the final product, with plenty of variations to keep things interesting!

So first you’ll need an espresso maker. If you’ve been keeping up with coffee month, you already now how to use a stovetop espresso maker. You can get a richer cup from an electric machine, and we have quite a few at our Philadelphia store for you to choose from. Continue reading

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Find Your Grind

The Zassenhaus Manual burr grinder

The Zassenhaus Manual burr grinder

We’re at the midpoint of our Coffee Month feature, and it’s safe to say we’ve had an effective first half. We debated the French-ness of French presses, showed some step-by-step press tips, and peeked into the rich world of espresso and the macchinetta, with some chocolate espresso brownies to top it off. What’s in store for the second half? Glad you asked…

A recurring theme throughout the month, and with coffee in general, is choosing the right grind. The importance can’t be overstated. We’ll be talking about the difference between burr and blade grinders in-store (shameless plug alert!) this Saturday from 11-3. Today we’re going to visit just what different grinds mean and why it’s important to have the right one. What’s the difference between coarse and fine? Why does it matter? What are coffee oils? Can they go in my car? (Spoiler: No.) The answers to these questions and more await!

As a kicker, we’ll be talking in the store about the little-known (in this part of the world, anyway) but delicious Turkish coffee brewing method, which requires the finest grind around.

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