The Lounge / / Cold Brew Coffee

The summer heat is upon us which means totally different makeup routines, workouts and food choices. No longer do I crave the hand warming effects of a scalding cup of deli coffee. Now I want the glacial temperature of an iced coffee, specifically a cold brew. 

Why am I totally and completely obsessed with cold brew? Despite some initial wariness of this being a hipster fad, I assure you they may have hit it on the nose with cold brew. Not only does it have lower acidity than regular coffee, its easier to make and it actually gets better the longer it sits in the fridge! It takes days for cold brew to go stale. If I can walk into a steamy city kitchen in my usual morning zombie state and pour myself a cup of already made coooooooool coffee then my day has just started off so much better. 

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If you fancy yourself an intermediate to advanced coffee snob...here's an easy recipe to make your own cold brew: 

Steep ground coffee (preferably coarse) in water using a coffee filter, cheese cloth or nut milk bag. While steeping, store in a room temperature or colder setting, soaking for 12 hours or more. Cold-brewed coffee doesn’t go stale as quickly as hot-brewed, so feel free to make a big batch and enjoy the ease of your new morning coffee!

Or if like myself you're kind of like...meh thats just not how I roll, use my Starbucks hack:

Starbucks just introduced their new cold brew! Not only is it delicious, it makes me so much more zippy than the regular iced coffee. I have no idea why this is, but I am so fine with it.  Hooray! Order a Venti Cold Brew No Ice. You get twice as more as you would usually get without the ice, and since its already cold it dosent really need it. Whatever you don't drink put in the fridge for the next day! Cuz duh cold brew gets better the longer it cold brewwws. So not only do I wake up to Starbucks only a few steps from my bed, its so much easier on my NYC budget. They are also running a promotion if you buy 5 iced drinks you get the 5th free! YASSS FREE! 

Also, a lot of better grocery stores sell organic pre made cold brews. Check out this ranking of best cold brews. Stay cool and enjoy!