Cold Brew

Location: Lawrence, Kansas

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: NA

Est. Price: $16.99/32 fluid ounces

Review Date: July 2014

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Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Pleasingly deep, bittersweet, complex. The acidity is juicy and tart, the mouthfeel full and syrupy. In the flavor dark chocolate, lush flowers, papaya-like fruit. Rich fruit- and chocolate-toned finish. The addition of cold milk intensifies both the intensity of the flavors and the bittersweetness of the structure.


Prepared by the cold-brew method, which involves prolonged steeping of ground coffee in cold or room-temperature water and subsequent filtering. Bottled and sold without additives or any ingredient other than coffee and water.Most Yirgacheffe coffee is prepared by the conventional wet method, in which the skin and pulp are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried, encouraging a cleanly high-toned, often intensely floral- and citrus-toned cup. This Yirgacheffe is a “natural” or dry-processed version, however, meaning the beans/seeds were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile more pungent than bright though still extravagant in its floral-toned aromatics. This coffee was sourced and roasted by Messenger Coffee and brewed and bottled by Alchemy, a café and bakery in Lawrence, Kansas that pursues a passionate commitment to all things good tasting. Visit facebook.com/alchemycoffeeKS or call 785-424-4546 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An unusually intense cold coffee, attractively bittersweet in structure and complex and engaging in flavor.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2014 tasting report: Bottled Iced Coffees

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