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Mar 25, 2007 08:26 PM

Cold Press coffee at Kaldi in Atwater Village

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

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  1. 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!

    1. I started with cold brew quite a while back.
      It has really cut back on heartburn occurances.
      It's easily brewed at home too.

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      1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

        The cold brew is great for keeping in the fridge and making ice coffee drinks with. If you use some of that and some cream, you can make your own "double shot" type beverage

        1. 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'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.

          1. re: ctowngal

            Yeah, my friends have been raving about it as well. It's been great for them in taste and in convenience!


            1. re: ctowngal

              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...

          2. This sounds awesome! I remember Toddy being brewed at the coffee shop I used to work at years ago in Nebraska, but kind of forgot about it, also, wasn't aware of the lower acidity! Anyone know how to make it with out buying a bunch of stuff?

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