As a consumer who prefers cold teas over hot coffee, I was intrigued about the recent surge in cold-brewed coffees on the market. These are not hot coffees poured over ice. Instead, cold-brewed coffee is made when cold or room temperature water is poured over coffee and the whole thing steeps for much longer than traditional brewed coffee. It can be strong and refreshing. Some brands are sold in concentrated forms, but we elected to taste the ready-to-drink options found in grocery store coolers. Our judges said they preferred hot coffee, but were interested in the enthusiasm for the cold-brew concept. As temperatures soar, panelists also would be willing to buy a few of the options they tasted.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent