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A Coffee of all coffees

2009 July 28
by Steph Lawrence

The Coffee of all coffees

There was a time when I did not like coffee. And then came the fateful day that I tried a Blue Bottle New Orleans-style iced coffee (in San Francisco), and it changed my life forever.

New Orleans style coffee is a regional specialty of Louisiana that involves brewing the coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period of time. This has the effect of creating a less acidic coffee (67% less, according to the NYTimes) than when brewed traditionally with hot water.

The overall effect is a creamy, not-too-bitter, slightly sweet milky coffee that will turn any coffee hater into a lover. Or at least it did for me.

Here’s how to make your own:

    Make your own concentrate by soaking one pound of ground coffee and 2.5 quarts of cold water in a stockpot overnight (or 8-12 hours). Blue Bottle also recommends adding a bag (1.5 oz) of roasted French chicory to the mix (and they seem to know what they’re doing).

    After soaking, strain the concentrate through a fine mesh sieve. Your concentrate should resemble a sludge like fluid, and will yield four to five cups.

    Serve concentrate over ice with milk and some melted sugar, to taste. Enjoy!

(Refridgerated unsweetened concentrate will keep for up to 7 days).

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