Cool Down with Crimson Cup’s Summer Cold Brews and Coffee Cocktails

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With temperatures heating up, it's time to cool your java down. Roast magazine's 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year offers a full menu of chill caffeinated thrills.

Cold brews and coffee cocktails from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Cold brews and coffee cocktails from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Cold brew, which steeps in room-temperature water, is much less acidic and bitter than hot coffee poured over ice. Because it’s more concentrated, it also has a higher caffeine content.

With the weather heating up, it's time to cool your java down. And, you don’t have to settle for plain iced coffee this summer. With cold-brewed innovations from Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, you can taste a different chilly caffeinated thrill every day of the week.

“Cold brew, which steeps in room-temperature water, is much less acidic and bitter than hot coffee poured over ice,” said Brandon Bir, Crimson Cup’s coffee sourcing and education manager. “Because it’s more concentrated, it also has a higher caffeine content.”

Offerings at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in Clintonville and Upper Arlington range from Kyoto tower coffee, brewed one drop at a time, to a series of Nitro cold brews and coffee cocktails.

“After we introduced Nitro cold brew to Columbus in 2014, demand has skyrocketed,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “This effervescent iced coffee is infused with nitrogen under pressure and served from a keg tap – giving it the texture and mouth feel of a fine milk stout.”

Current-season Nitro offerings include Crimson Cup’s award-winning Wayfarer Blend, which took second-place honors in the America’s Best Espresso competition at Coffee Fest New York in March. It has cupping notes of strawberry, coffee blossom and black current. The New Orleans Nitro is rich and smoky with notes of Chicory. Cocoa Nib Nitro cold brew melds the flavors of coffee, cocoa, vanilla beans and citrus into a slightly sweet and deliciously frothy drink.

Crimson Cup’s cold brews also include several summer signature selections. The nonalcoholic Lavender coffee cocktail mixes Nitro cold brew with lavender, cane sugar and cream. “Our coffee cocktails mimic a gin fizz,” said Bir, who created the drink. “We shake up the cocktail until the half and half creates tiny stable air bubbles,” he explained. “We then pour our beverage into custom glassware, where it settles into two layers.”

Crimson Cup’s Nawlins (New Orleans) cold brew is a refreshing mixture of coffee, chicory, cane sugar and milk. The Slow Drip Shandy includes Kyoto tower cold brew, lemonade, cane sugar and soda water.

For tea lovers, Crimson Cup offers the Earl Gray Cocktail, a mixture of Earl Gray tea, lavender and milk poured over ice.

Crimson Cup’s summer signature cold brews will be available through the end of the season at both Crimson Cup Coffee Houses – 4541 North High Street in Clintonville and 2468 Northwest Blvd. in Upper Arlington.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced specialty and craft coffee in small batches. The company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan. Crimson Cup coffee is available through a community of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 29 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit http://www.crimsoncup.com

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