Cold Press coffee at Kaldi in Atwater Village
- annalulu Mar 25, 2007 08:26 PM
Kaldi is my regular place for coffee since it's so close to my house. I bypassed my usual (expensive and sweet) coconut mocha and tried their "cold press coffee" something they had been touting with a little info card on the counter.
Apparently it's popular in the Midwest. Basically, you soak coffee grounds in cold water overnight, then when you filter out the coffee, you are left with a concentrated cold coffee. You dilute it with water to serve. To serve hot, they steam water and add it to the syrup.
I have to say, it was a really great cup of coffee. There was very little bitterness and it's gentler on the stomach. It's also way cheaper than a mocha!
Kaldi roasts all their own beans...and they pull a decent espresso too. A new Starbucks is opening a few doors down, but as long as Kaldi starts accepting credit cards, I think they'll survive.
3147 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Groundworks has had this product for quite a while as well... the "brewing" process keeps extraction of acids and some of the other compounds to a minimum - that's why your tongue and tummy are thanking you. I drink this stuff almost exclusively when I go to Groundworks in the warmer monthes - this along with a little sugar and milk really hits the spot!
re: Curt the Soi Hound
I got this Toddy Cafe "system" a few months ago too and it only cost 20 bucks! and with minimal 'maintenance" accessories (like the reusable filter) that only cost 5 bucks for a few of those...this is going to last me a while. For a morning brew, i boil up some hot water, but a third a cup of the concentrate and fill it to the brim with boiling hot water...it's like it was freshly brewed! I think it's a great buy, doesn't waste coffee, and ditto on the taste and tummy friendliness too.
I'm not sure if you tried letting the water heat up to just before the boil, and letting it cool of for a minute or two - I've found that this results in a more vibrant coffee taste. I used to get the cold-brewed coffee concentrate at Gourmet Coffee Warehouse (now Groundworks) in Venice. I know with certain teas, adding boiling water to the leaves can kill alot of the subtle flavors - even bring out alot of bitter ones that usually wouldn't come out with a cooler-temped water - so I took the same logic with the cold-brewed concentrate and it seems to work for me... I really enjoy the flavor of cold-brewed coffee and its benefits - it's the best of both worlds...