Sunday, September 18, 2005


Road Coffee

I know you're concerned about what I'm doing for iced coffee on my New York area trip. Don't worry, I've got it covered.


As you know if you're a reader of this blog, the best iced coffee (e.g., Grandma Moses) is made by cold filtration: letting the fresh ground coffee steep in cold water for at least 24 hours, then filtering it.

Bad, but all-too-common iced coffee is served by places that take the overcooked dregs from their hot coffee pots and refrigerating it. The result is a bitter, burned taste.

To me the worst iced coffee is the "iced Americano," which is hot espresso over ice. The theory is that since espresso is stronger, the major dilution of the coffee caused by melting ice bringing it from hot to cold won't matter so much. This is just idiotic. We drink espresso straight up, or just with milk, and we never think "my god, this is just concentrated coffee that needs to be cut by equal parts water!" So why will cold diluted espresso be any good?

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Left: Don't be fooled by the "Iced Latte" cup -- it's Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. Mmmm.
And as for that black leather car upholstery, that's a story for another day.
Right: Krispy Kreme's iced coffee looks similar, but is not nearly as good.

I don't know how Dunkin Donuts makes its iced coffee, but it's quite good: smooth, but with a flavorful edge. Smokey, but in a good way.

Did I miss something? Why are you in New York?
Everyone talks about how fantastic Dunkin Donuts coffee is but why? There is no DD in my town so I am left to wonder.
Now you've done it.

Hey, kids! Everyone in the stroller! Mama needs to go to Dunkin Donuts for an iced coffee NOW!
SG: Sorry, I should have told you.

MT: (1) Not fantastic, just good. Don't set yourself up for disappointment. (2) Are you sure? I think there is one.

PS: Well, whadja think?
Oh, I love it. If only there were fewer donuts at Dunkin' Donuts, and more comfortable seats, I would make a regular habit of it.
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