I recently visited a farmer’s market in the town of Belmont, California and came across a booth selling iced coffee. Not just iced coffee, but “infusions”. Normally I’m not a fan of “flavored” coffee, because I am a bit of a purist and want to taste the coffee itself, without covering it up with syrups or other flavorings.
I was open to trying this, because it was an infusion pairing the flavor notes of the coffee with fruits, herbs and spice combinations. I asked the team selling the bottled iced coffee who the roaster is, and they are apparently using Ecco Coffee which I had heard of before.
The flavor “infusions” on offer that day were “Fresh Banana” , “Jasmine Pearl”, and “Lemon Cookie”. I liked the jasmine pearl, and the banana. The banana infusion comes with a little vial of chocolate milk, that is meant to be mixed with the banana coffee.
It’s an interesting concept. I wish I could have been at their L.A. tasting event where they had the following “infusion” flavors:
- Chili Cinnamon Chocolate
- Honey Ginger
- Brown Sugar and Cinnamon
- Orange Basil
Of all of the pairings, I think the Brown Sugar and Cinnamon and Chili Cinnamon Chocolate sound interesting. I would suggest they do an infusion with Cardamom next, and maybe a Mint Iced Coffee. Another question I had, is if the coffee has been cold brewed.
To learn more about Mixte, go to their site at : http://mixtecoffee.com