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DesktopWeb FormText   brawn : dropping acid (from coffee)Sun, 15 Jun 2008 15:02:23 GMT # 

never liked coffee pre-starbucks. got hooked by their desert drinks until i realized how many calories they had. so i switched to iced coffee (e.g. skinny lattes or plain ol iced coffee). the problem is i didnt really like the taste of plain iced coffee and their skinny lattes still have 90+ calories (that adds up). abot a month ago, i tried cold brewing coffee. the cold brew process is interesting because it reduces the acid. it also generates a coffee concentrate that you mix with water, so you can control how much 'coffee/caffeine' you get with each glass. plus you can freeze the concentrate into ice cubes and just get 1 or 2 at a time ... so i only brew about once a month. the acid reduction is noticable from the 1st glass, the cold brewed coffee is smooth. i like it so much that i dont have to add any cream or sweeteners, so it stays at 0 calories! the real tell is i tried plain (unsweetened) iced coffee from starbucks after a month on cold brew, and had to throw it out because the acid taste was overpowering. was more concerned about calories, but its certainly saves money too. the toddy system payed for itself in less than a month.