WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Ready to cool down with something hot?
This summer, getting caffeinated is all about cold-brew, a centuries-old method that offers Westchester residents fresh nuances in flavor, not to mention a bracing antidote to the stifling heat.
Not to be confused with iced-coffee (in which hot or chilled espresso-based coffees are served over ice), cold brew takes coffee grounds steeped in room-temperature water for up to 24 hours to produce a concentrated coffee essence which is then diluted with water, usually by 50 percent.
Prized for its lack of acidity, innate complexity and marked smoothness, cold brew is popping up everywhere - -even at select Dunkin' Donuts.We found it at the following locales but feel free to add any we've missed on our Facebook pages.
Antoinette's Patisserie, Hastings: This cozy French cafe has been praised for its local branded coffee line "Giacobean," which supplies many area restaurants and eateries. With its cold brew, it uses five pounds of coursely ground coffee and brews it in lieu of hot water; then lets the concentrate sit for a 15 to 20 hour period, before filtering for clarity. The result is a deep, rich taste with a third of the acidity. Pair with a pastry for a taste of morning heaven. Get Caffeinated: 417 Warbuton Ave., (914) 478-7200.
Coffee Labs Roasters , Tarrytown : Owners Mike and Alicia Love take their coffee very seriously, even offering a brewing guide on their website. Cold brew is made in house and makes for a great pick-me-up. Get Caffeinated: 7 Main St. (914) 332-1479.
Halstead Ave Taqueria , Harrison: The cold brew is made in house using coffee from Mexico. It's served in mason jars with cane sugar but there is also an option sans sugar. Flavors include the regular variety along with spicy chocolate, mocha and an occasional special. Get Caffeinated: 261 Halstead Ave., (914) 341-1283.
Market North, Armonk : Nitro cold brew is on tap here, along with a "regular" cold brew. This is also the place to pick up an assortment of, sustainably sourced food and other gooies. Get Caffeinated: 387 Main St., Armonk, (914) 273-3773.
Polpettina , Eastchester and Larchmont: Real food, locally sourced and globally inspired is the mantra at Polpettina where Blue Bottle cold brew coffee is created the New Orleans way. Get Caffeinated: 102 Fisher Ave, Eastchester (914) 961-0061; 147 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont, (914) 341-1460.
The Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill: Expect a different blend every other day at this "buzzing" shop (pun intended) which is just as big on community (and crepes!) as it is on coffee. Get Caffeinated: 101 S. Division St, Peekskill, (914) 739-1287.
Sherry B. Dessert Studio , Chappaqua: Get ready for a tastebud sensation with organic, direct trade, freshly roasted coffee from Counter Culture. Options include hand poured Japanese iced coffee and even an iced coffee growler (bring in your own and sherry b. will fill it with freshly brewed). Counter Culture coffee is also used in their desserts such as the coffee ice cream. Get Caffeinated: 65 King St., (914) 238-8300.
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