THE newest Hollywood fad - cold press iced coffee - has hit the Sunshine Coast and we're lapping it up.
Traditionally, iced coffees such as commercially bottled varieties in supermarkets and corner stores are extracted using hot water via machine, then cooled.
But the new process used by Mooloolaba's The Good Bean coffee shop owner Shane Hepburn borrows from a Japanese method that extracts the coffee using cold water over a longer period of time.
The result is a smooth taste, free of the acids that come with hot water-machined iced coffee.
Shane believes he is the first in Australia to bottle his own variety of cold press iced coffee after importing his own machine.
"We imported it (the machine) in from Japan and then set about getting the right ratios," he said.
"Basically, the Japanese perfected this and called it cold-drip.
"Some people bottle a manufactured type but it's a lot different."
Shane is finding it difficult to meet the demand for his product as his regulars buy most of his daily, unlabelled stock.
"We can't keep up," he said.
"The machine roughly works out as a drop per second, so it's quite a long process to make it.
"You can't produce it on a large scale and it takes three hours to make a litre.
"We can only do three batches a day for a total of 30 bottles and they fly out the door."
The coffee beans have no contact with hot water, delivering a smooth, organic taste containing minimal sugar and acids.
"You don't get that bitter after-taste that you get from some coffees," Shane said.
"By making it cold, it cuts out a lot of the acids that come when it's made via hot water."
And for coffee lovers yearning for a morning buzz, Shane's iced coffee delivers the perfect kick.
"It's a better buzz than you'll ever get off a sugar-packed energy drink and has almost no sugar," he said.
"It contains about 1.7 coffees as opposed to a standard espresso."
The bottles are available from The Good Bean on The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, just down from the surf club.
For more information, call Shane on 0416 157093.
COOL COFFEE FACTS
- In 2010, Australians spent $773.5million on instant coffee for home brewing and $452.6million on tea.
- Forecasters predict coffee sales (not including takeaway coffees) to hit $800million in Australia by 2013.
- In 2010, Australians bought about 23 million kilograms of coffee products.
- The Australian hot drink market is set to be worth over $1.5billion over the next five years.
- Perth has more cafes per capita than anywhere else in the world.
- New York City has almost 300 Starbucks coffee shops.