Union Hand-Roasted Coffee launches Cold Brew Concentrate

UK craft coffee roaster, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, has launched a single-origin Cold Brew Concentrate, created to make it easier for cafes, catering, pubs and bars to make iced drinks, from iced lattes to nitro cold brew.

The concentrated coffee base, which comes from beans sourced from Esquipulas Co-operative in Guatemala, is steeped for 24 hours in cold water to maximise the flavour.

Unlike iced coffee made using espresso, Union’s Cold Brew is simple to use and doesn’t compromise on flavour.

Dave Law, head of innovation at Union Hand-Roasted Coffee said: “Iced coffee is usually made by pouring espresso over ice and mixing with milk or water – a time-consuming process that doesn’t result in the best taste. After experimenting with cold brew, we realised using a strong brew could make a far superior iced coffee, and our Double Strength Cold Brew was born.”

Currently many cafes produce cold brew in-house but this can lead to issues with consistency and hygiene. Union’s three litre bag-in-box format is designed to overcome these issues and fits neatly into an under-counter milk fridge, on a back bar, or can be decanted into a speed-pour. The bag-in-box concentrate would also be ideal for offices and co-working spaces as it can be slotted into fridges making it a simple way to offer cold brew on tap.

Iced drinks have risen sharply in popularity in recent years and according to The Grocer, sales of chilled tea and coffee in food to go rose 39.6%, contributing a total of £54.3m to the cold drinks to-go category. Added to this, iced beverage sales in specialty coffee shops hit £421m in 2018, an increase of 14%, according to Allegra.

Union’s Cold Brew Concentrate can be diluted with water, milk, over ice, in iced lattes and cappuccinos, in nitro coffee, and even as an ingredient in cocktails and mocktails.

A 3litre carton, which makes 40 servings, can be bought for £31.00 from Union’s website.

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