If you’ve been following our Instagram Stories over at @ilikeherstylevancouver, you would have seen that last week was spent in and around quaint and charming, Fort Langley. Not only did we shoot our exciting and beautiful cover with the talented Kim James of Kim James Photography, but we also spent a second day there touring the unique shops and speaking to the inspired shop owners. On our second visit, we stumbled upon Republica Coffee Roasters.
If you’re fuelled by coffee like we are, you’ll understand why this was a necessary stop! Jody enjoyed a delicious Maple Latté. Kyla indulged in her new lust – a Spanish Latté, which adds a small dose of sweetened, condensed milk for a dreamy twist on a simple favourite. (Thanks to Michele of whatdreamsmaybecome.ca for the introduction to that new addiction!) While waiting for our brews, we couldn’t help but notice a small bar fridge filled with the most adorable cold brew coffee. We noticed that it was packaged in craft beer growlers. As we are suckers for packaging, we couldn’t resist taking one to-go.
Since sipping on the cold, rich, bevvy, we’ve become fans of cold pressed coffee. Not to be confused with an iced coffee, cold pressed coffee is prepared with a little extra love – but boy, does it show in the taste! Don’t let the fancy name scare you though, it’s quite easy to brew your own cold pressed coffee right at home. You can use your favourite beans, or even try brewing with Republica beans (buy here!) They are organic and roasted locally.
Why Cold Brew? Because the preparation method does not require heat, the integrity of the beans remain the same. When heat is used to prepare coffee, a chemical reaction takes place, which slightly changes the chemistry of the coffee itself. Cold brew has lower acid levels than hot coffee, which makes it oh-so-smooth with a slightly sweeter taste – sans bitter factor.
You can whip up a batch of brew at home, with a french press and a few simple ingredients.
- Grind beans coarsely..
- Add 1 cup of course grinds to your french press.
- Saturate the grinds with 4 cups cold, filtered water.
- Refrigerate for twelve to fourteen hours, covered. (No need for plunging just yet.)
- Once ready to serve, plunge the French Press. You’re ready to enjoy!
Make a larger brew, it will last well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks – just keep it covered to avoid any other scents from your fridge from being absorbed into the flavour!