What you’re drinking: Cold brew, aka “toddy” brew, is just one more way coffee fiends can enjoy the smooth, rich beverage. Missoula’s Black Coffee Roasting Co. takes its popular AM roast, finely ground, and steeps it in cold water for 24 hours in a refrigerator, after which they drain and strain the brew, slightly dilute it and—voila!—out comes a coffee to die for.
How it tastes: Co-owner Jim Chapman says unlike traditional coffee that often has bright notes and fruit tones, the cold brew tends to be darker and more chocolatey, with hints of caramel. It can be heated up or even poured on ice for a summer treat. Chapman says it can be diluted to taste, but he prefers it straight. Or with rum and half & half. Coffee has a pretty long shelf-life, but Chapman recommends to keep the brew refrigerated and use within two weeks for the freshest flavor.
What you’re buying: At the BCRC’s headquarters you can pick up a classy 34-ounce glass bottle of cold brew for $15, with refills costing $9. You can also buy an 8-ounce personal size serving in a cool blue apothecary-style glass bottle for $5.50, with refills for $2.50. Or, beer drinkers rejoice! You can bring a 64-ounce growler in and fill it up for $18. Just want something to take into work for the morning? A 16-ounce cup of toddy is $3.
What’s in the future: There’s no Magic 8-ball to predict our lives, but we do know changes are on the horizon for BCRC. In the very near future the company will be selling bottles of cold brew at the Good Food Store. (Prices on shelves will likely change a bit.) In late August or early September, the headquarters will move to its new space on Spruce Street near Madison. Chapman says patrons will be able to get the brew on tap. Now if only someone would start making rum in this town.
How to find it: For now, cold brew is available at Black Coffee Roasting Company, 1515 Wyoming, Ste. 200, next to Home ReSource.
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