Black, hot liquid gold makes the world go round.
Most like it hot but does it always have to be?
Ever tried cold extracted coffee?
I had not until I came across the liquid emissions of First Press Coffee, a company based out of Melbourne, Australia.
To explain what they do in a nutshell, picture First Press sourcing specialty graded coffee and letting it run through a specifically crafted and designed dripping apparatus to have the pure, black coffee gain a clean finish with subtle taste nuances.
The process itself is a time consuming one – we are talking ten hours plus – but the outcome is worth every minute of patience and based on First Press’ expert judgment on when to roast which specific bean strand to ensure that the nuances and complexity of the coffee can be tasted sans any overwhelming side-effects like bitterness or acidity that often accompany hot coffee extracts.
It took me a minute to get used to it, but once you transcend that initial threshold, you find yourself discovering nice little subtleties that usually get lost when coffee is served in a traditional manner. The fact that it lacks the acidity is an added bonus that your digestive system will thank you for.
Funny thing is that despite First Press’ cold drip being stronger than what I usually have, I do not find the need to add any other ingredients, e.g. milk or sweetener, as there is not need for neutralization.
I find the energy that First Press bestows on you to be sustaining, as it is less than a jolt and fells more like timed release that gives clarity and focus instead of resulting in jitters and agitation.
Needless to say that it is also convenient, as the little bottles can be stored in the fridge.
First Press comes in different variations, e.g. made with Brazilian coffee beans, The Little Kicker a double 100ml shot not only provides hints of hazelnut but also packs a solid punch to keep you going.
The Big Boy, is, well as the name suggests, the bigger equivalent.
If you cannot do without added flavor, The Black Cacao variant is a nice way to change it up. Based on the foundation of what goes into The Little
Kicker and The Big Boy, is has cocoa and a hint of coconut sugar added, which is subtle and not overpowering.
While cold drip coffee will certainly not replace my traditional habit of consuming coffee, it is a nice addition and has found its place in my fridge.
Images from First Press website
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