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Bottled cold brew has made its way into the worlds of coffee addicts (read: the Triathlete offices) this summer. Ground coffee is brewed in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time (12–18 hours) then filtered—the result is a strong coffee that can be diluted with water or milk, served hot or over ice. Cold brewing preserves the coffee bean’s flavor, and the result tastes sweeter and smoother due to the lower acidity. Two refreshing brews worth trying:
Seaworth Coffee Co.
Single Fin Sludge
Southern California-based Seaworth brews its locally roasted, fair-trade organic coffee for a full 18 hours then bottles it by hand in reusable glass containers. This smooth-drinking rich concentrate has up to four times more caffeine than a regular cup of coffee, so only drink it straight if you really need a kick. $15 for 32 ounces, $5.50 for 12 ounces, Seaworthcoffee.com
Stumptown Cold Brew
Portland, Oregon’s famous Stumptown Coffee uses direct-trade coffee brewed in room temperature water for more than 12 hours then double filtered. The complex, full-bodied brew is ready to drink out of the cold bottle or with a splash of water or cream. Stumptown also sells a delicious “light and sweet” version, premixed with milk and natural cane sugar. $3.99 for 10.5-ounce bottle or 16-ounce carton Cold Brew with Milk, Stumptowncoffee.com for retailers