Coffee lovers are probably aware of cold brew coffee – this is where coffee is steeped in cold water for at least 12 hours. As the coffee is steeped in cold water it does not have the bitterness of hot coffee which has either been poured over ice or chilled after making and as such is a delicious summer drink either chilled and drunk as is, with milk added and other iced coffee ingredients that take your fancy.
If is easy enough to make your own cold brew coffee, but it does take at least 12 hours so when I saw that Al Borrie of Fristhand
Coffee had done all the work for me I was thrilled.
The Firsthand Coffee Cold Brew is a blend of coffee from Brazil and Guatemala which is batch brewed for 12 hours to make a refreshing delicate drink, low in acidity with crisp clean flavours. Another way to enjoy Cold Brew is to mix it with mineral or soda water, I find about a fifty/fifty mixture makes a very refreshing drink. Cold Brew is certainly my choice for a cooling drink on a hot, summer’s day.
Sitting alongside Cold Brew is Flat White and as the name implies this is a milky coffee which combines Firsthand Coffee with Origin Earth Milk and a touch of Hawke’s Bay honey to make a refreshing iced coffee which is ready drink.
Third on the list is Origin Earth’s Chocolate Milk which combines their Hawke’s Bay cows’ milk with organic and fair trade chocolate and cocoa powder from Hawke’s Bay chocolatier La Petite Chocolat, then adds a dash of Hawke’s Bay honey and a drop of Heilala vanilla extract and like their milk it is not homogenised, just pasteurised, and there are no thickeners, emulsifiers, milk powders, additives or stabilisers.
With just 5.24g fat and 5.74g sugar per 100mL it is also considerably lower in these two components than other similar products on the market.
Look for Origin Earth Chocolate Milk everywhere you would
normally buy their whole cows’ milk or at coffee shops that use their milk.
So here in Hawke’s Bay we have an interesting range of cold
beverages to quench our summer thirst.
Happy cooking and eating.
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