News has been brewing—get it?—that coffee and wine hybrid bars are gaining popularity. Starbucks, for example, has been rumored to start selling booze soon, although I haven’t seen it yet…but what gives? Are coffee and wine really “pair-able?
“Wine and coffee have a bevy of similarities…Both have hundreds of chemical compounds that affect the flavor, with wine averaging 200–400 compounds and coffee surpassing 800. Where a wine drinker swirls a glass to release a wine’s aroma, a coffee drinker senses aromas on different areas of the palate. Both are complex, and the same grape or bean, respectively, can yield wildly different varietals
If you’re doing coffee right, you’re going to attract those who are already attracted to coffee,” he explains. “If you have wine available, there’s room for the bartender or barista actually to educate that consumer about wine, as well. … If they come into your establishment because you’re doing wine correctly, there’s room to expand the coffee market to them so they can broaden their enjoyment of the beverage world.
—Jason Haeger, Consultant for the Specialty Coffee Industry
The idea of broadening enjoyment of the beverage world in general sounds cool, so I’m intrigued to see if more of these wine-and-coffeeshop-combos pop up.
—Judith Pena, Asst. to the EIC
If you know me, then you know I am obsessed with iced coffee. Last week, I made coffee ice cubes, so this week I decided to try my hand at cold brew coffee.
What’s the difference? Cold brew coffee is brewed without heat and therefore produces a less astringent and acidic coffee.
How do you make it?
Step 1: Pour room temperature water over coarsely ground coffee, stir then let sit for a minimum of 12 hours. (I used the ratio of 1 1/2 cups coffee to 8 cups water.)
Step 2: Filter coffee through coffee filter lined strainer.
Step 3: Pour over ice and enjoy! Note: Some people dilute the coffee with water at a 1:1 ratio, but I like my coffee slap-me-in-the-face strong, so I prefer it as is.
Is it worth the effort? Heck yes! The coffee bean’s nutty and chocolate notes are more pronounced and create a sweetened effect. Yum-o!
—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief