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Where to Find Cold Brewed Coffee in Boston

Lizziefreshh Jun 3, 2011 01:46 PM

Last summer I discovered cold brewed coffee at the Marliave - served out of their little cafe on the ground floor. Does anyone know if they will be doing it again this summer, or where else in town I can find it? The stuff is mind blowing!

10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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  1. KilgoreTrout RE: Lizziefreshh Jun 3, 2011 02:25 PM

    I believe 1369 cold brews their ice coffee. At least they have previously.

    1. MC Slim JB RE: Lizziefreshh Jun 3, 2011 02:27 PM

      1369 still cold-brews their iced coffee. I think they may even use the Toddy branded coffee makers.


      1. itaunas RE: Lizziefreshh Jun 3, 2011 05:03 PM

        I was also going to search out some cold brewed coffee when a member of the extended family showed up with awesome iced coffee from True Grounds in Somerville one blurry morning. Presents like that are the best. I am thinking it wasn't cold brewed, but 'iced' done right and am definately going to have that again -- strong, pleasant astringency, spice aspects. Voltage coffee had tweeted that they are cold brewing so that was my intended destination, as well as 1369 where I have had it in the past.

        True Grounds
        715 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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          Boston_Otter RE: itaunas Jun 4, 2011 05:54 AM

          The iced coffee from True Grounds is some of the best in the area, as well as the cold-brew from 1369. My personal favorite in the area is Diesel (and their Bloc11 sister shop); I don't know if it's cold-brewed or not, but it's got a wonderful chocolately richness. On other discussions of iced coffee, some have praised the stuff from Zing in Porter Sq., but I find it weirdly herbal and minty.

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            marcreichman RE: Boston_Otter Jun 4, 2011 06:31 AM

            This may be a pedantic request, but could you compare and contrast the two? I have a special place in my heart for 1369 ("the thirt" as we call it in my house) but I am always looking for other options. Love the Capone one with the coffee cubes.

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              somervilleoldtimer RE: Boston_Otter Jun 6, 2011 05:27 AM

              Oh, I agree with the Diesel lovers, but there are still more wonderful options when outside Davis Square.. But when I'm in Union Square, I'm partial to the Sherman Cafe's fabulous iced coffee, plus their baked goods which are made on-site and are tons better than what Diesel and Bloc 11 have on offer. Try Sherman's scones with your iced coffee. Doesn't get much better than that. Well, one must also consider the iced coffee at the Porter Square Books Zing Cafe, with one of their delicious and rich lemon scones.

              So much coffee, so little time!

              Bloc 11 Cafe
              11 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143

            2. re: itaunas
              hckybg RE: itaunas Jun 4, 2011 03:23 PM

              Voltage is doing some very cool stuff, using the Hario Fretta, a cold-brewer based on a pour over dripper, and also some neat coffee cocktails using a very slow dripping impressive glass contraption. Because you can control the coffee output, the glass dripper produces really intense cold brew, that they then blend with condensed milk and cream. It's pretty excellent.

            3. ChickenBrocandZiti RE: Lizziefreshh Jun 4, 2011 07:40 AM

              I'm pretty sure the newly opened Jaho on Washington St. in the south end has cold brewed coffee.

              1. threedogs RE: Lizziefreshh Jun 4, 2011 11:55 AM

                For anyone who might be interested, cold brew coffee is incredibly easy to prepare at home. Obviously this is the wrong forum to go into details, but the instructions are super easy & can be obtained by your friend, the google.

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                  misscucina RE: threedogs Jun 5, 2011 03:40 PM

                  I've said this before but South End Buttery makes an outstanding iced coffee. Don't know if it's cold brewed, but frankly, for this finicky coffee drinker, it doesn't matter. It's quite good.

                  Will have to check out the Marliave. I've been looking for a decent iced coffee in DC/Fin. District for over a year with no success.

                  South End Buttery
                  314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

                  10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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                    hckybg RE: misscucina Jun 5, 2011 05:01 PM

                    Have you tried Thinking Cup on the Common? Not sure what they are doing for summer coffee, but their stuff is usually good.

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                  CarolinaGirl06 RE: Lizziefreshh Jun 6, 2011 05:09 AM

                  Cafe Fixe in Washington Square in Brookline also makes quite a delicious cup of cold brewed iced coffee.

                  You may find this article from last year interesting:

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                    ebill5 RE: Lizziefreshh Feb 23, 2012 12:22 PM

                    Another great place to get cold brew in the area is at Nordstrom ebar. I had it at their Braintree location and it was very smooth with great flavor. I asked about it and they use the Toddy system plus also have stores in Natick, Burlington and Peabody.

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