29 Apr '14, 7pm
South By South Yeast: Introducing Coffer, The Austin-Born Fermented Coffee Soda @drinkcoffer
There must be something about the Texas heat that drives cold brew ingenuity. Based in Austin, the backyard of Cuvee Coffee Roasters and their nitrogenated Black & Blue cold brew, Coffer claims to be the first company to use a natural yeast and sugar based fermentation process to carbonate their brew. The three-person upstart company helmed by owner Kevin Chen spent the last six months furtively experimenting with different carbonation techniques in preparation for their debut. “I tried forced carbonation and I didn’t like the results. But then I experimented with this natural carbonation process and I was surprised by the complexity of flavor and delicate mouth feel,” Mr. Chen told me. The results are an effervescent cold brew reminiscent of a semi-sweet cola.