The Cold-Brew Revolution

There’s a reason your local barista is ghosting on traditional iced coffee—the kind brewed hot and then poured over ice. Cold brew, with fewer bitter oils and biting fatty acids, packs an inherently more complex and palatable jolt than its hot-extracted sibling. Here, three of our favorite cold-steeped varieties to improve your morning fix.

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Stumptown Cold Brew with Milk

This Portland, Oregon, outfit adds the cream and sugar for you in a retro milk carton. Consider it your wired-up adult chocolate milk. $4, Whole Foods.

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La Colombe Pure Black

The Philly roaster slow-steeps its Corsican coffee for 16 hours for a full-bodied brew that’s nearly as potent as a straight caffeine injection. $3, Café Madeleine.

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Stumptown Nitro

Bee’s Knees Supply Co.’s newest location features a cold-brew cask that dispenses kegs of Stumptown on nitro draft. Stick around for a pint or grab a growler to go. $26 (with growler).


Photographs by Marian Siljeholm