State of the State - September 2019
Dear Second State fans,
It's been too long since we've released a State of the State update. We hope you're having a good end of your summer. Down in Charleston, it has actually been a relatively mild summer and we managed (for the most part) to escape Hurricane Dorian's furry. We have a great cold brew coffee recipe in this newsletter that will help you get through these last hot days in Charleston so please read on!
Coffee Tip of the Month
How we like to make cold brew:
- Measure out 1 gallon of room temperature water. You'll need a vessel slightly larger than a gallon, since you will be adding coffee.
- Add in a 12 oz bag of coffee ground slightly courser than you'd want for a drip setting. We highly recommend our Heavyweight Blend for this recipe.
- Stir the grounds into the water, seal or cover your container, and sit it in a cool, dark place. DO NOT REFRIGERATE.
- After at least 12 hours, but not longer than 24, it's time to filter. If you're wondering, we think 16 hours is the sweet spot.
- Filtration is the messiest step in this recipe, but it can be made easier with Toddy filters. If you don't have them, slowly pouring through a drip filter or even running the coffee through a french press can help strain out the grinds.
- Because of the recipe, there is no need to dilute your coffee. Simply pour over ice or refrigerate from here. Enjoy!
What We're Listening To
It might be a little too cliché for a coffee company to recommend a Bon Iver album but we are going to do it anyway. With this album Bon Iver has now put out an album for every season (this one autumn) and it does not disappoint. That album focuses on connection to a variety of life and world experiences and should be on everyone's playlist for those first cool autumn nights.
Listen: Apple • Spotify
What We're Drinking
Several new coffees have floated onto our list this summer. We have several new Central American coffees and fresh crop Ethiopians have almost landed in the Port of Charleston. Our daily drinker this summer has been La Garita, a wonderfully simple, but solid Guatemalan coffee from the Huehuetenango region. Smooth and chocolatey with just the right amount of tropical tinge, this coffee has a lot to offer and will keep giving day in and day out.