image via La Colombe
My first job was at Starbucks. Okay, the Barnes & Noble Cafe Proudly Serving Starbucks Coffee, technically, but the point is, I developed a coffee habit at the relatively young age of 16 and have been going strong ever since.
Luckily, Chicago has a pretty darn impressive coffee scene. It’s the home of Intelligentsia (the original Broadway location isn’t far from my apartment!) and even our bike shops make a great brew.
While a morning cold brew is pretty great, I can’t wait to try one of the newest trends in iced coffee this summer: draft. Yep, like beer. A keg of coffee. Sounds like the best thing ever, right?
image via Beatrix
Two places in Chicago are doing it: Beatrix in River North and La Colombe (multiple locations). Well, right now, La Colombe’s Draft Latte is only available on the East Coast, but it should be rolling out to all locations soon.
Beatrix’s version is cold-brewed with Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso beans and treated with nitrogen. The result is a coffee that pours a lot like a Guinness, with a foamy head and lots of little bubbles. Plus, it’s got about three times the caffeine of a regular drip (a bonus in my book). It can be enjoyed plain or with a splash of syrup and the milk of your choice, much like a “regular” iced coffee. Or, if you’re in the mood for a different coffee trend, you can go for a cup of bulletproof coffee – basically, Beatrix knows what’s up.
Like Beatrix’s nitro coffee, La Colombe’s draft latte is also available on tap and cold-brew based. However, it’s a latte, so frothy microfoam milk is brewed right in. Instead of your typical milk and shot of espresso, draft lattes have the foamy consistency of a hot latte, just with a much lower temperature. Hopefully it will roll out to their Chicago cafes very, very soon!