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Summer’s Best Cold-Brews

Want a new kind of coffee on the go? Pop the top on a cold brew.

 

Cold-brew is coffee is a summer staple, and these days, you don't even have to bust out a brewer to get a taste of the good stuff. Roasters coast to coast are botting up cold-brews that make it easier than ever to get your coffee fix all summer long. Here are 12 to try.


Blue Bottle
Bicoastal Blue Bottle (they have outposts in both California and New York) is beloved for its chicory-infused New Orleans iced coffee come summer, and soon enough you won’t have to queue up at one of their cafés for a cup—plans are in the works to release a prepackaged version just in time for summer.

 

Barefoot

99 bottles of … cold-brew? This super-sessionable bottled coffee from California-based Barefoot Coffee Roasters refreshes with floral flavors and notes of tangerine and herbs. Toddy-brewed with beans from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, this brew is incredibly thirst-quenching, making it a great entry point for iced-tea drinkers.

 

Birch Coffee
Birch’s Brrrch coffee growler brews a rich blend of beans from Brazil and Honduras brewed via Filtron for 64 ounces of cold-brewed perfection. Your first growler costs $25, and you can trade your empties for fresh ones for only $20 (that’s less than $3 per 8-ounce cup). For now the growlers are available at their café (attached to the Gershwin Hotel) or via jug subscription service that delivers the ready-to-drink cold brew to homes and offices throughout Manhattan.

 

Chameleon
Austin-based Chameleon cold-brew launched in 2010 with its signature bottled Central/South American blend, and just this past spring introduced three new brews to the lineup—a berry-forward East African, a richer Indonesian and a chocolaty mocha.

 

Dave’s Coffee Syrup
Do your coffee tastes veer toward the sweeter side of the spectrum? Then give this dark, concentrated coffee syrup a go. Combining fresh cold-brewed coffee with natural cane sugar, it makes for the perfect sweet treat when mixed with milk, blended into a shake or drizzled over ice cream.

 

Gorilla
Cold-steeped for 24 hours, coffee from Rwanda offers a tangy zip—think cranberries, raspberries and cherries—while beans from Brazil add a smooth splash of vanilla and cocoa with some nuttiness on the finish. Bonus? It’s packed in shelf-stable, resealable tetra cartons, making it perfect for camping trips and picnics.

 

Grady's
This cold-brew concentrate comes from Brooklyn and gets a hit of chicory in a nod to New Orleans-style coffee. It's available in select shops locally, but you can also purchase it on their website for $45, which includes two bottles and shipping.


Kickstand (pictured above)
The Brooklyn-based coffee cart famous for peddling brews around town also ships batches of tasty cold brew concentrate right to your doorstep. Rotating beans from Klatch are brewed extra-strong and arrive ready for dilution in iced coffee, or kept at full strength for a caffeinated kick to cocktails, syrups, even ice creams.

 

La Colombe

Philadelphia-based La Colombe cold-soaks a mix of beans from South and Central America in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks for 16 hours before pressing, filtering and bottling. Look for full flavors of chocolate and dried fruit with earthy tannins and some lemon zest on the finish.   

 

Secret Squirrel

This SoCal cold-brew is richly concentrated, so you can dilute it to suit your own tastes (we prefer ours a tad stronger than the recommended proportions) or mix it full-strength in coffee cocktails. Either way, expect notes of cinnamon, dark cocoa and molasses.

 

Slingshot

This cold-brew from North Carolina-based Slingshot Coffee calls on seasonal Counter Culture beans and filtered tap water. Brewed in three-gallon batches, Slingshot’s bottled Colombia brew is a good bet if you like your coffee light and bright.

Stumptown
Stumptown was ahead of the curve with their stylish 10.5-ounce cold-brew stubbies. Made from the roastery's house blend, Stumptown’s big-bodied brew offers a spectrum of flavors ranging from milk chocolate to Meyer lemon. It’s strong and assertive right out of the bottle, so some may prefer it poured over ice for a little dilution.

 

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