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Thursday May 9th, 2013

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Salute Espresso Bar in Walkerville is launching Windsor’s first ever bottled Cold Brew coffee at a launch event this weekend.

Owner Dane Charles says the product is part of a pursuit to change the perception of what coffee has historically been in Windsor.

Charles says Cold Brew coffee is much different than iced coffee. Whereas iced coffee involves brewing hot coffee, producing plentyful aromas, removing bitterness and pouring the beverage over ice, the Cold Brew process is low and slow. Salute’s process involves steeping coffee grinds in room temperature water for anywhere between 12 and 24 hours, exposing them to far less heat, with the result of a significantly less acidic, less bitter brew. Charles says this allows for the subtle flavors found in their premium coffee beans to be more perceptible.

Salute is using coffee beans from the Guji region of Ethiopia — a coffee with intense floral and fruity aromas and rich flavors of blueberry, red grapes, honey and chocolate — in their first batch of Cold Brew.

Salute Espresso Bar is launching the new product this Saturday and Sunday and will be offering free samples to the public with the option of purchasing one of our bottled versions at our retail bar. Version 1 is an 8oz “Ready to Drink” bottle that has the Cold Brew concentrate pre-diluted with water. Version 2 is a 16oz stubby bottle of the Cold Brew Concentrate that you can take home, put in the fridge for up to 4 weeks, and dilute it to your liking with water, milk, or other additions.

Salute Espresso Bar is located at 2090 Wyandotte Street East (lower).

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