A great way to stay cool and caffeinated in the summer is with locally brewed iced coffee. I’m not talking about frozen monstrosities and sickly sweet iced lattes—just excellent brewed coffee on ice.
Iced coffee at home
Pick up a bottle of Gold Brew iced coffee concentrate from Blue Copper Roasters. The result of the cold-brew process—where freshly roasted and ground coffee is steeped with cold water for more than 24 hours—is delicious. It’s less bitter than the average coffee, with subtle hints of orange and chocolate. Using equal parts water and concentrate, top it with plenty of ice and you’ll have a quick, tasty iced brew. Find it at Urban Farm & Feed (5823 S. State, Murray 801-792-1419) and Liberty Heights Fresh (1290 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-2434, LibertyHeightsFresh.com).
Iced coffee as a sweet pick-me-up
Imagine real cream swirled with iced coffee, mingling with coffee ice cubes. Now combine that thought with the delicious pastries at Les Madeleines (216 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-2294, Les-Madeleines.com). “I like our iced coffee with anything you’d have coffee with,” says Romina Rasmussen, owner of the French bakery. “Any of our flaky, buttery viennoiserie or a Valrhona chocolate eclair or a cardamom cookie.”
Iced coffee at the farmers market
One of the most beloved places to find iced coffee locally is at a farmers market. At the Downtown Farmers Market (Saturdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 350 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City), a favorite iced coffee is from Jack Mormon Coffee Co. “I’m a fan of Jack Mormon Coffee’s cold press. It gets me through many market afternoons,” says Kim Angeli, special events director at the Downtown Alliance. The Wasatch Front Farmers Market (WasatchFrontFarmersMarket.org), which pops up at a few different locations throughout the week, hosts Blue Copper Roasters, which sells iced coffee for about $3, and also has its Gold Brew iced coffee concentrate available for purchase.
Whether you’re out running errands, shopping the farmers market or just waking up, there’s an iced coffee out there for you.