Every once in a while, I will “go into the lab” where I will start toying with a new idea or a new coffee recipe which I find inspiring. The latest lab experiment resulted in one of the most flavorful coffees I ever had. I got the idea of this coffee while reading a book called “Brewing Up A Business” by the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery. It was one of the experiments where not much tinkering had to be done. The first finished product to be completed happened to be the best. It was VERY delicious.
I had made some cold brew coffee concentrate and I was just bored with adding water to it. As I read the above mentioned book, they talked about infusing some of their water to make the beer taste differently. I wondered if it could be done with the cold brew. Since the particular coffee I was using had predominant chocolate notes to it, I immediately knew fruit infused water would likely be my best route. Call it Divine Providence, but it just so happened the only fruit in my fridge at the time that wasn’t ear-marked for a recipe was blueberries. I muddle some up, put them in water overnight, and the next morning I stumbled upon something which has kept my interest for several days now. The resulting concoction, after tinkering with the water to coffee ration, yielded a beverage which tasted exactly like chocolate covered blueberries. I was dumbfounded.
I have no idea if something like this has been done before (I am sure it has but I have never heard of it). I do know this…it will be something I put on tap for The Oak House. You should come by some time and give it a try.