Chill Out with Cold Coffee

One of the best ways to beat the heat on a hot afternoon is a crisp cup of iced coffee. Luckily, many coffee shops in Bozeman serve a tasty cold cup.

Almost all the cafes in Bozeman will serve their standard drinks on ice, such as lattes or americanos, and many coffee shops offer other interesting options. Daily Coffee recently began serving a new drink, hot or cold, called Crio Bru. Made with pure cocoa bean powder, this drink has a naturally sweet, chocolaty taste with undertones of coconut and cinnamon. Although my Crio Bru was milder than most coffee, I enjoyed it and recommend giving it a try.

Rockford Coffee serves iced coffee using a Japanese style of brewing. This style involves extracting hot, double-strength coffee over ice. The end result is a delightful, light taste. Rockford usually uses an Ethiopian or Brazilian bean for their iced coffee, which seems to suit the brewing method well. The two cups I drank had bright and complex flavors, which stood up to the excellency I’ve come to expect from Rockford.

International Coffee Traders serves cold brew coffee, also known as “toddy.” This process involves letting the grounds steep for twelve to twenty four hours in room temperature water. Cold brew is typically brewed to be highly concentrated so that it can be diluted in milk or water. The process results in a far less acidic coffee noted for its smoothness and sweet flavor profile. ICT uses a Peruvian coffee for their cold brew, which had no flavor defects and finished lightly on the palate.

Wild Joe’s also serves cold brew, but I was not impressed with my cup, which tasted very flat. I was only told that the bean was from Central/South America or Indonesia. The roaster may have been working with bad beans, or perhaps they simply favor a very dark roast. Another possibility is that the particular batch I drank had been over-brewed. Every coffee shop serves a bad cup from time to time, so I will reserve judgment on Wild Joe’s and still commend them for offering a nice atmosphere.

For those of you who brew at home, it’s easy to make cold brew. For convenience, I use a manufactured cold brew device made by Filtron that costs about 40 dollars, but to make cold brew without this device simply put 12 ounces of coarsely ground coffee in a pitcher. Add seven cups of room temperature water, cover with plastic and let it sit for about 18 hours. When the coffee is done brewing, filter it into another container with a regular drip coffee filter or cheesecloth. A helper might be nice to pour the coffee while you hold the filter and discard grounds.

This coffee is concentrated, so it is best diluted with water or milk and served over ice. Keep your concentrate refrigerated and it can last for two weeks or more without losing flavor. It lasts about a week unrefrigerated, which makes it great for camping. Enjoy!