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Galveston Monthly

Keeping Cool With Coffee

Feb 14, 2018 03:13PM ● By John Hall

As spring and summer temperatures slowly begin to rise here on the Island, even coffee will be trying to keep cool. At Galveston Coffee Roasters, a Cold Brew Coffee Tower brews daily, offering both an entertaining spectacle for coffee lovers and free samples for everyone. Owner John Alvarez shares a little insight to the unique cold drip process, explaining that it is much different than “cold brew,” in which a tea bag or toddy of coffee grounds is soaked overnight in water. Cold Drip, also known as "Dutch Coffee," is a process where ice is slowly melted and dripped over coffee grounds.

Since the water is cold, the oils in the coffee grounds separate more easily. A ceramic disc in the bottom the coffee grounds draws the oils out of the coffee during the drip. The entire process takes about 24 hours and produces a cold coffee with a clean, crisp, and flavorful taste that Alvarez likens to a liqueur. A smaller, home-version of the Cold Drip coffee tower will soon be available for sale at Galveston Coffee Roasters.

Until then, Galveston’s only local world-class coffee store also offers an ever-changing lineup of flavors for the traditional brewing method. Decadent, dessert-inspired grinds such as Snickerdoodle, Raspberry Fudge, and Almond Cookie provide an excellent contrast to the earthy and sophisticated flavors of Organic French Roast or Chicory, the favorite of Louisiana Cajuns made famous by Café du Monde in New Orleans.

While sampling the latest flavors and viewing the impressive Cold Drip Coffee Tower, do not hesitate to ask John Alvarez for some helpful tips on brewing excellent iced-coffee at home. Hint: It all starts with a quality coffee bean, which can always be found at Galveston Coffee Roasters, located at 532 23rd Street (Corner of 23rd and Church). Call 409.497.2754 for more information.