What is it?
For Brown's Court Bakery head barista Miles Boinest, this beverage begins with great coffee. Brown's Court sources its coffee beans from Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, N.C. Counter Culture is ranked with premier coffee purveyors in America because of its dedication to freshness, quality and relationships with coffee farmers worldwide.
Boinest has selected a coffee from Ethiopia called Idido for Brown's Court summer brew. African coffees make excellent iced coffee because of their bright, clean profiles with tasting notes described as "flavors of berry and citrus."
What's the story?
With heat and humidity the common partners of a Charleston summer, Boinest was looking to create a refreshing coffee drink. In his words, "nothing says summer like coconut." So that was the idea for this tropical syrup-based beverage.
Fresh coconut is steeped, much like a tea, and then concentrated with simple syrup into an infused flavoring liquid.
Who is buying it?
College students, members of the food and beverage industry, young professionals and the coffee crowd on the way to the office looking to cool off their java fix are current fans. The response has been very favorable, says Boinest. The coconut smooths out the flavors of the coffee so it tastes balanced with or without dairy added.
Who is selling it?
Brown's Court Bakery, 199 St. Philip St.
Most coffee shops in the Lowcountry offer a way to flavor their coffee pours.
What's the price?
$3 for a 16-ounce serving plus tax. If you purchase a 12-ounce bag of Counter Culture's whole beans at Brown's Court Bakery, your drink is on the house. Coconut iced coffee will be on the menu into September. Also available: coconut chai lattes, served with or without espresso, hot or cold at $4.75 for a 16-ounce serving.
"It tastes like summer. When you try to describe what summer is, that's the taste you get in your mouth." - Kirsten Schofield, writer/editor, Louisville, Ky.
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