FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- This summer, cutting-edge coffee is all about cold-brew, a centuries-old method that offers Fairfield County residents fresh nuances in flavor.
Not to be confused with iced-coffee (in which hot or chilled espresso-based coffees are served over ice), cold brew takes coffee grounds steeped in room-temperature water for up to 24 hours to produce a concentrated coffee essence which is then diluted with water, usually by 50 percent.
This super strong, bracingly cold ode to coffee geeks everywhere is served at the following locales.
Lorca , Stamford: This coffee shop is a virtual ode to cold brews with varieties that include Lorchata (cold brew coffee concentrate with horchata), Tres Leches Iced Coffee (cold brew iced coffee with our tres leches creamer), the Cold Brewser (cold brew concentrate with milk and in-house chocolate syrup), and the Cold Brew Concentrate (concentrate in a bottle that people can take home for use in baking, cocktails, smoothies, or beer home-brewing). Get Caffeinated: 125 Bedford St., (203) 504-2847.
Neat , Darien and Westport: Coffee is their "thing" here so expect a meticulously prepared cold brew that's rich in flavor and color. Options include the "not so neat," signature cold brew iced latte and the nitrogenated cold brew on tap. The Westport location recently reopened after a renovation. Get Caffeinated: 6 Wilton Rd., Westport, (203) 557-8955; 20 Grove St., Darien,(203) 202-7215.
Cold Roman, Raus Coffee , Farmer's Markets in New Canaan and Westport: Cold Roman is espresso brewed using the company's own proprietary blend of coffee, a touch of raw sugar and “cuore di caffe” (heart of coffee) infusion. Created by Stamford resident Donny Raus of Raus Coffee, the company is in the midst of a rebrand meaning it will soon be at specialty stores throughout Fairfield. Get Caffeinated: Westport Farmer’s Market every Thursday at the Imperial Avenue Parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the New Canaan Farmer’s Market every Saturday at the commuter parking lot (across from the library) from 10 am. to 2 p.m.
Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee, Ridgefield: Shearwater Coffee is brewed here, as well as the cafe's own cold brew made with locally roasted beans from Redding Roasters, for a jolt of joe ideal for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up. Get Caffeinated: 51 Ethan Allen Hwy., Ridgefield, (203) 544-0800.
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