Cold brew shows its minty side at Black Coffee Roasting Company 

Why you're drinking: With the mercury steadily climbing toward "oh crap, it's July" levels, it's getting a lot harder to justify that piping hot cup of morning joe. Yet coffee is no less essential to job performance, or to getting out of bed in time for the Saturday markets, just because it's summertime. 'Tis the season, in other words, for cold brew, and Black Coffee Roasting Company has just the refreshing twist that summer heat—we will be getting some summer heat, right?calls for.

What you're drinking: BCRC rolled out its mint-infused cold brew last year, and the seasonal drink is back this summer by popular demand. It's 16 ounces of chilly, tremens-calming goodness—a mixture of cream, homemade mint simple syrup and the shop's signature AM blend over ice. Like last year's version, this one involves fresh mint blended with mint oil and added directly to the syrup for what co-owner Jim Chapman says is a stronger flavor with more reliability.

"Sometimes the flavors we like with [coffee] surprise us," Chapman says. "Mint isn't something I'd immediately expect to go with coffee, but it totally works."

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF BLACK COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY
  • photo courtesy of Black Coffee Roasting Company

When you should drink it: Morning, afternoon, whenever you feel a little overheated (or need to combat a case of the yawns). The mint-infused cold brew has developed enough of a fanbase that it may stick around for a few more months, even as BCRC experiments with other flavored cold brew combos. And if it tickles your tastebuds, keep an eye open for additional variations throughout the summer while you're soaking up the rays on BCRC's side patio.

Where to find it: Black Coffee Roasting Company, 525 E. Spruce St. The 16-ounce mint-infused cold brew costs $4.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, email editor@missoulanews.com.

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