By popular demand, Stockton Graham & Co. is introducing our new Signature Iced Coffee a bit earlier this year.
This season’s Signature Iced Coffee is a result of all the tremendously enthusiastic feedback we received from last year’s Iced Coffee Blend. Customers loved the vibrant freshness of that blend and requested a coffee that would work well brewed over ice either as a commercial drip or Chemex format. So our coffee roasters and baristas got to work early.
The roasting and barista teams sampled several different single origin and blends in March; they tried different roast levels and various brew methods from toddy to drip. Based on feedback from the internal team and select customers, this year’s Signature Iced Coffee was born.
“This is a very refreshing and sweet iced coffee,” said Roastmaster Brandon Riggs, who oversees our Raleigh coffee roasting facilities. “When you serve this coffee on ice, the berry notes are a little more juicy, and you can really taste the sweetness.”
It’s no wonder. Brandon created an iced coffee that offers a Jasmine floral aroma, juicy berry flavor and a fresh, bright aftertaste that you’ll find in only the finest peaberries from the Rift Valley region of Tanzania.
“The acidity is nice and bright,” explains Alex Jeans, our lead barista. “It has a very pleasant after taste that’s light and delicate. It’s a perfect coffee on ice for a hot day.”
Iced Coffee vs. Cold Blend
You’d be hard pressed to read a copy of Coffee Talk or BusinessWeek for that matter without stumbling across an article on cold brew coffee. And other publications like The Specialty Coffee Chronicle, Beverage Industry, Restaurant Business and FoodService Director feature articles on iced coffee. So, understandably, there may be a bit of confusion in the cold coffee arena.
There are basically two ways to brew coffee that’s put over ice:
Cold brew is a toddy where coffee grounds steep for 12+ hours to create a coffee concentrate. After a time, the grounds are filtered out of the liquid. That concentrate is served with equal parts water, milk and often Nitrogen, which creates a beer-like drink called nitro coffee.
Iced coffee is created by passing hot water over a filter of ground coffee — mostly in a commercial drip machine or in a Chemex — and the hot coffee drips over cubes of ice. When brewed coffee is cooled quickly like this, flavor and acidity is locked in. This undiluted coffee is served over ice.
An emerging iced coffee brew method is called Hot Bloom Cold Brew. In this method, coffee grounds that have been placed in a large glass or plastic jug are “bloomed” with a small amount of boiling water for about 60 seconds. Ice water is then added to the vessel. The mix is swirled and placed in a refrigerator for 12-15 hours to steep. The grounds are filtered out before serving.
Although our Signature Iced Coffee will work fine using either method, it does well with the Hot Bloom Cold Brew method and virtually sings when brewed over ice in a Chemex or commercial drip brewer. Click here to view our Iced Coffee Brewing Guide.
“That’s because the coffee’s delicate flavors are enhanced when brewed over ice,” Alex explains. “Brewing over ice will retain the coffee’s inherent brightness, so you really experience the fresh acidity of this coffee. As a contrast, the toddy method is designed to take some of the acidity out of the coffee, resulting in a much different tasting experience.”
To sample Stockton Graham & Co.’s Signature Iced Coffee, contact a Customer Care Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800 835 5943.