Summer has finally arrived here in Britain, and our coffee infatuation is shifting to the more cooling, cold brew variety. Cold brew coffee is an ever-growing trend in the coffee industry with many coffee roasters and cafes now brewing and bottling their own brand of this ice-cold-elixir.
There is a fantastic lineup of inspired and beautifully packaged cold brew coffee's available, one particular brand that has caught my eye is Barcelona based, Fred Cold Brew made by twin brothers David and Jorge Boleas.
I must admit, I am a sucker for brown glass bottles, it especially teams nicely with the syrupy, golden-brown coffee and bold white typeface, giving the product an almost medicinal styling (well it makes me feel better). There is also something really charming about the anthropomorphism of inanimate objects, Fred is such a great name, everybody loves Fred.
The care and attention David and Jorge put into Fred is visible in all that they do. The bottles are all produced, packaged and labelled by hand in Barcelona with no waste produced and coffee grounds all recycled as plant fertiliser.
"We remembered how, every morning in summer, at a bar in the town where we grew up, warm, filtered coffee would be poured into glass bottles and left in a fridge. Cold coffee would then be served to customers after lunch. This childhood memory and our desire to find an alternative to using filtered coffee brought us to discover a technique called cold brew. It also answered our dilemma: why make hot coffee if it is going to be drunk cold?"
The process that the brothers use to produce the cold brew is simple but effective. It begins with the steeping of ground coffee beans in cold water for a period of up to 24 hours. After this, it is filtered twice making a concentrated coffee that retains all its flavour, its natural sweetness and original aroma. It is far less acidic and contains more caffeine that other coffees making it the perfect, natural energy booster to kick-start your day. Fred Cold Brew is 100% natural coffee. Undiluted, without preservatives, stabilisers or colourants.
You can drink Fred with or without ice, any way you like: diluted with water, mixed with milk, in a cocktail, with sugar. You can even heat it up and enjoy it warm if you wish! Available in 2 sizes; 60ml (2 shots) and 500ml (16 shots) giving you the chance to try Fred in as many ways as you like.
Fred & Friends
The creative approach David and Jorge take with their business also spills over to collaborations with a number of artists and designers, who have created Fred Cold Brew inspired illustrations for a collection they call 'Fred and Friends'.