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by Marisa Olsen

Cold Brew Coffee: Coming to a Coffee Shop Near You

You may have noticed cold brew coffee options appearing at your local coffee joint. Or perhaps you have even noticed coffee shops dedicated to the cold brewing process, like Black Diamond Cold Brew, which recently opened up in the South Street Seaport.

Not sure what cold brew coffee is? Fear not. Cold brewing is a process in which you brew ground coffee for an extended period of time in room temperature or cold water.  

Cold brewing has several benefits, including lower acidity, more antioxidants and fewer chemicals than traditional hot brewed coffee.

It's easy to make at home, which I've been doing in the warmer months with a French Press.  I simply fill my French Press with water, add five to six scoops of coffee ground for a French Press, stir, and let the coffee steep overnight. In the morning, I plunge the press and serve the coffee in a glass with ice and almond milk.  My carafe typically lasts at least three days, and by the end of the week, I feel extra caffeinated.
If you're not feeling up for making your own, you can certainly try Black Diamond Cold Brew. Co-founded by Deborah and Lottie,  two friends who were determined to find the perfect iced coffee without the burnt flavor. After a disheartened search, the team got fed up and started brewing their own coffee. The result is delicious ($4 for a small). The iced coffee is rich, smooth, and thick. Each sip has a hint of chicory and if you close your eyes, you may even taste chocolatey undertones. Yum.

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