Draft Lattes are Officially a Thing

We’ve discussed coffee brewed to taste like beer, but what do you think about coffee kept on tap and poured like a draft beer?

La Colombe Coffee Roasters in Philadelphia is trying out just that. They’ve put cold lattes on draft from nitro kegs, promising a “naturally sweet milkshake” with a “creamy mouthfeel.” They have named their experiment “draft lattes.”

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Courtesy of La Colombe Roasters

Co-founder Todd Carmichael has been in the process of developing the draft latte for some time. He believes he has perfected his formula, but of course he is not saying exactly what this process is. Carmichael himself describes it as “cold-pressed coffee” combined with frothed cold milk.

“The Draft Latte combines the simplest coffee beverage ingredients and creates a revolutionary drink,” Carmichael said when he officially announced his product. “It’s the process we use to pull the drink from the keg that creates a textured milk that doesn’t exist anywhere else.”

All of the La Colombe cafes will have the draft latte added to their menus by July. So far, the cafes are only in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

How long before Starbucks taps into this method for their own spin on draft lattes? Or perhaps we’ll start to see this in bars as well, where patrons can order both draft beer and coffee on draft?

K-cups and Brew Over Ice K-cups: What’s the Difference?

free-brew-over-ice-k-cup-sampler-fsfYou can use K-cups to brew iced coffee easily, but there are also Brew Over Ice K-cups that seem to be only be used for brewing iced coffee or iced tea. With these two different types of K-cups, what is the difference?

You can use either K-cup to brew hot or over ice, but the Brew Over Ice K-cups have one key difference that makes them a bit more suitable for brewing a single serving of iced coffee: more coffee packed within. Continue reading

Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew Coffee

Now that the weather is getting warmer, you’ll most likely hear a lot about iced coffee and cold brew coffee. They sound similar, and while they are both cold coffee drinks, they are not brewed the same way and have different tastes. Both can be done at home with little to no fuss, and both can taste absolutely delicious. Here are the differences, and here is what you need to know about them.

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Iced coffee is coffee brewed hot, like in your regular coffee maker, and then poured over ice. There are various ways to accomplish an iced coffee. Some pour a pot of coffee into a glass of ice. Some brew directly into a glass of ice. Others have tried a drip method that slowly drips the hot coffee onto ice, droplet by droplet.

The most recommended method is called the “Japanese iced brew”, and it’s a pour-over brewing process that drips directly into ice. To prevent dilution, it’s usually recommended that one use more coffee grounds than usual. Making ice cubes from coffee, chocolate, or even simple syrup will also help prevent any dilution. Continue reading

Iced Coffee Hacks

The weather around here bounces back and forth between hot and slightly chilly, but iced coffee season is definitely upon us! We’ve written before on the dos and don’ts of making your own iced coffee, which you should most definitely reread if you need a refresher. This post, however, is about different hacks you can do to make that iced coffee even better or give it a little kick. Sometimes it’s just fun to spruce things or literally spice things up in your iced coffee routine!

Flavored Ice Cubes

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you know all about making coffee ice cubes so that the coffee doesn’t dilute as the ice melts. But why stop at coffee ice cubes?

Try making ice cubes from chocolate for a super sweet treat. All you need is cocoa powder, water, agave syrup, and a little bit of your time over a hot stove. ManMade Guide has the recipe on this delicious idea.

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Add a sprig of mint to your ice cube trays, whether you’re making chocolate, coffee, or regular water ice cubes.

Shake the Coffee Cold.

Instead of pouring the coffee over ice cubes, dump all of your iced coffee ingredients into a bartender’s shaker, add ice, and shake it, baby! There’s a reason why bartenders use this method to pour cold cocktails, and it’s not for the arm workout. Continue reading

Coffee Hacks for Better Coffee Experience

CoffeeWe can all agree that coffee is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Most of us coffee aficionados live for our daily cups of coffee. If we could make that experience better, why wouldn’t we? Here are a few coffee hacks to try to improve upon your next cup or perhaps make your daily ritual a little easier.

Rinse coffee filters before using.

As you may have seen from our post last week, when brewing via the pour-over method, it’s best to rinse out the coffee filter to remove that starchy flavor before adding in the coffee grounds and hot water. Why not do the same when using an automatic coffeemaker?

Rinse the filters using hot water before placing them in your coffeemaker, and we can guarantee you’ll taste a difference.

Use cinnamon instead of sugar.

If you’re trying to cut back on sugar and excess calories, try using cinnamon in your next cup instead of sugar.

Is your coffee too bitter? Add in a pinch of salt.

Instead of dumping in more sugar or creamer into you coffee to counteract the bitter taste, sprinkle in a pinch of salt. It’s important to use just a pinch or your coffee will taste salty. The salt naturally counteracts against the bitter flavors. Continue reading

Is there a Difference between ‘Drip’ Coffee and Pour-Over?

There’s been a lot of talk in coffee circles about “drip coffee” and pour-over methods for brewing coffee, which has led to a lot of confusion. Does drip coffee mean it’s from your typical coffeemaker? Is it a special type of brewing? Is the pour-over method a type of drip brew?

The answer to all of these questions is yes.

The drip-brew process for coffee refers to pouring hot water over ground coffee beans and letting the coffee-absorbed water drip from the filter into a mug or carafe. Coffeemakers simply automate this process, letting consumers press a button and walk away without needing to manually boil the water first before pouring it over.

Drip-brew can refer to either coffeemaker-brewed coffee or coffee brewed via pour-over method, but typically, when someone mentions the pour-over method, they mean a manual pour-over brew. Continue reading

What is a Flat White?

You’ve undoubtedly seen Starbucks’ advertisements for their newest espresso drink: the Flat White. If you look at their chalkboard drawing to explain a Flat White, more questions are easily raised.

Courtesy of Starbucks

Courtesy of Starbucks

It’s espresso and milk? How is that any different from a latté? Or a cappuccino? Well now that I think about it, what is the difference between a latté and a cappuccino?

All three of these espresso drinks have a bit in common. All are broken into three portions, all involve espresso, and all contain steamed milk. How can they be so different?

Part of the differences between the three drinks lies within the portions of the milk used. All three contain steamed milk, but only cappuccinos and lattés use foamed milk. The difference between those two is how much foamed milk is used. In a latté, it’s one-third espresso and two-thirds steamed milk with a light dusting of foamed milk on top. In a cappuccino, the drink is divided into even thirds: one-third espresso, one-third steamed milk, and one-third foamed milk.
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Coffee Consumption May Prevent Liver Cancer

coffee-beans-with-cup-of-coffeeAnd we have yet another wonderful, healthy reason to consume coffee: a new study has found that drinking coffee may prevent liver cancer.

The study was led by the London, UK-based World Cancer Research Fund International, which was studying the affects of nutrition and diet on liver cancer. In particular,  the research focused on alcohol causing liver cancer, of which the results were disturbing (consuming three alcohol drinks a day is enough to cause liver cancer).

Conversely, during the study, the team found that coffee consumption reduces the risk of developing liver cancer. “Both coffee and coffee extracts have also been shown to reduce the expression of genes involved in inflammation, and the effects appear to be most pronounced in the liver,” the study explained. Continue reading

3 Fascinating and Economical Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

coffee-groundsWe’ve talked about different ways to recycle coffee grounds before, such as making coffee granitas, treating for fleas, and even cleaning dishes.

However, here are a few more ideas  for green, economical ways the collective we can reuse coffee grounds. As the World Resources Institute recently estimated that over 7 million TONS of coffee is consumed worldwide each year, that’s a lot of coffee grounds we can reuse for some great applications we use daily.

How daily? Continue reading

More Irish Coffee Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day usually gets the green beer flowing, but why not drink what the Irish actually drink? They may not actually drink Irish Coffee first thing in the morning, and you know what? You shouldn’t either. But these Irish Coffee drinks are a great way to unwind at the end of the day, and they’re fairly simple to make.

All of these drinks are specials created by Ireland natives. Can’t get more Irish than that without actually visiting each one in Georgia or visiting Ireland itself.

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Meehan’s Irish Coffee

Lavazza coffee with a dash of Jameson Irish Whiskey (but you can use any coffee, as long as it is a dark roast)

Condesa Irish Coffee

Coffee, Cu Chulainn whiskey, vanilla bean, whipped cream (Condesa makes it fresh, but we think you’ll be forgiven if you don’t whip your own cream), and grated nutmeg

The Marlay House Irish Coffee

Dancing Goats coffee (or really any dark roast coffee), Jameson Irish Whiskey, cane sugar, and fresh whipped cream

Ri Ra Irish Coffee

Coffee, John Powers Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and stiffened cream

Bite Bistro

Coffee with a dash of whiskey and Irish Manor Irish Cream

food-irish-coffee-jpeg-0604Looking for other tasty Irish Coffee recipes? Check out the recipes we posted last St. Patrick’s Day!