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This summer, we've fallen in love with cold brew coffee. Not only is it refreshing on a warm summer day, but the process of brewing coffee using only cold water results in a uniquely smooth and pleasant summer drink. Propeller Coffee Co, based in Toronto , serves up some of our favourite cold brew in the city. We caught up with owners Geoff Polci and Losel Tethong to get their expert tips on how to prepare the very best cold brew coffee at home.
Canadian Living: How did your passion for coffee come about?
Losel Tethong/Geoff Polci: Geoff's passion for coffee came from years owning and running a restaurant with his wife in Costa Rica. He first founded Toronto's Crema Coffee Co when he returned to Toronto. My passion for coffee and sustainability came about from being one of Crema's earliest customers and fans, which began a near-decade long learning process on what it takes to source, roast and serve great coffee.
CL: How did you start making cold brew?
LT/GP: Crema has been making cold brew in small batches at each of its three locations for years, using a cold water extraction process called Toddy. At Propeller, we've been preparing and serving small batch cold brew in our cafe since last summer.
With huge demand from our wholesale cafe and restaurant customers for a premium cold brewed coffee - we decided this past winter to step up our game and have created our official Propeller Cold brew in 330ml stubbies and nitrogenated in kegs!
CL: What kind of coffee beans would you suggest using when making cold brew?
LT/GP: We suggest using a high quality, high elevation light-to-medium roast with lots of acidity. We find that African coffee works really well when brewed cold and can produce unique flavour profiles compared to a traditional pot of coffee that's brewed using hot water.
CL: How long should you steep coffee when making a batch of cold brew?
LT/GP: Firstly, it's important to grind your coffee on the coarser side - somewhere between a filter grind and a french press grind. If you’re brewing your cold brew in the fridge you should aim to steep the coffee for 48 hours, but you can also brew it at room temperature which will speed up the extraction.
A room temperature brew will be done somewhere between 30 and 36 hours. You can also experiment with brewing at both temperatures: Steep the coffee for 12 hours at room temperature, then move the brew to the fridge for 24 hours.
CL: Does the coffee intensify in flavour the longer it's brewed?
LT/GP: The coffee flavour does intensify the longer you steep it. However, there will be a point where it will start to over-extract. It’s important not to leave the coffee to steep too long. All the nuanced flavours, nice acidity and sweetness will be diminished from over extraction of the coffee so it will take some experimentation to find the optimal steeping time.
CL: What is it about brewing the coffee with cold water that enhances the taste of the final product?
LT/GP: Cold brewing extracts the acids in the coffee differently and pulls out many different flavours. You're commonly be able to detect hints of lemon, lime, orange, chocolate, honey and maple syrup. It also gives a syrupy sweetness to the coffee.
CL: How long will cold brew keep in your fridge?
LT/GP: Homemade cold brew should keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
CL: What ratio of water to ground coffee do you suggest using?
LT/GP: We recommend using 85 grams of coffee per litre of water.
CL: Is there a cold brew machine you suggest using for making cold brew at home?
LT/GP: We're partial to the Toddy Cold Brew system!
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Find out which celebrities are switching up their hairstyles, haircuts and hair colours in 2016.
Teigen has been rocking blonde beach waves for as long as we can remember.
Teigen adds bangs to her look as a great fall hair update.
The Game of Thrones star has been brunette for awhile, and we have to admit, it's a stunning look for the actor.
We're loving the star's new lighter shade!
Orlando Bloom's thick, wavy brunette 'do is #hairgoals for men.
Bloom is giving us Legolas flashbacks with his new platinum locks.
Lily Collins tried this bold red hue for the summer—and she pulls it off!
We love that Collins has gone back to her roots with this rich brunette colour for fall.
Earlier this year, Emma Roberts chopped her hair off and opted for a cute, blond bob.
This British supermodel has been consistent with her blond balayage ombre.
Recently, though, she made a drastic change with her bright, new locks. We can't decide whether to call it auburn or ginger but we love it.
If you thought Kim's angled lob was a dramatic change, then you're in for a surprise.
She changed her hair again and this time she's added extensions that trail down to her hips. We're loving how bohemian she looks!
Recently, she went blonder and added some extensions.
Daisy Ridley was absolutely fabulous this year in her long brown bob.
Her short, red bob might just top that! It's chic, summery and we love the colour.
This former Victoria's Secret Angel had been a sandy blonde for as long as we can remember.
She not only went blonder but also added a pretty pink to her beautiful tresses.
We didn't think we could love anything more than that lob on this fan-favourite actress.
Until we met these braids! They're fun and hip and we can't wait to see more looks.
Cara Delevingne has been killing it in 2016 with those long blonde locks.
She chopped them off and opted for a cute low bob. And we heart it!
This 'Jane the Virgin' star has been sporting long brunette waves for quite some time.
Recently, she debuted her cute, new look: a cute blond bob. We have to say, we love the ombre!
Elle Fanning has always rocked her natural blonde locks.
But recently, the actress decided to make a bold change, going for cotton candy pink hair.
This young Game of Thrones star is starting to become a regular style icon...
And recently, she's embraced the new reputation by going for a bold teal hair colour.
Lily Collins' brown hair used to match that of Snow White, the character she played in her breakout role in the movie Mirror Mirror.
Now her red locks are more similar to Ariel's of The Little Mermaid.
Taylor Swift was rocking side fringe and a collarbone lob for a while...
... before chopping her hair into a blunt Anna-Wintour-esque bob.
For her May 2016 Vogue cover, the pop princess made another drastic hair change, going for a super light bleach blonde look.
Christina Aguliera is known for strong set of pipes and her platinum blonde hair.
But recently the The Voice judge decided to make a change by going red.
Victoria Beckham isn't really a stranger to drastic hair changes (remember her blonde pixie cut?), but over the past few months the fashionista has been keeping her hair natural and long.
Until recently when she decided to cut a few inches for a pretty bob 'do.
Rooney Mara has been rocking dark, dark hair for as long as we can remember.
But lately she's been seen out and about rocking a different look: platinum locks.
We're used to seeing Lana Del Rey pairing her vintage outfits with her long brown hair.
As this year's warm weather approached though, the singer decided to lighten her hair to match the summer season.
Eva Longoria Bastón's long, thick hair have always been a trademark of hers—one of the reasons why she's a L'Oréal Paris hair spokesmodel.
But shortly after tying the knot with new hubby José Bastón, the actress went for a cut, opting for a cute lob.
Our favourite Oscar winner from 2016 is usually seen with natural-hued golden tresses.
But with big changes (An engagement! An Oscar!), this celebrity decided to switch up her 'do too for a fiery red. We love it.
Emma Stone has been a redhead for as long as we can remember (minus that blond stint as Gwen Stacey).
But now she's switched up her colour for a deep, sultry chocolate.
Emma Stone's been busy in the hair department in 2016. She went from red, to brunette and now you'll see her sporting a platinum shade.
Kristen has been sporting a short, choppy 'do in her natural brunette for 2016.
But now she's gone bleach blonde.
Emma Roberts has been sporting a blonde lob for a while now.
But she's recently switched up her look in favour of a reddish-brownish shade that we love for spring. (The braided 'do is a nice touch too!)
Cate Blanchett has been rocking blonde hair for awhile—and who can blame her? It looks great.
We were tickled pink (sorry!) when we saw that our favourite red carpet regular, Cate Blanchett dyed her blonde hair pink. Is there anything she can't pull off?
Kaia Gerber (Cindy Crawford's daughter for those drawing a blank) has rocked long and soft brunette waves which doesn't fail to draw comparisons to her famous mom.
Brunette, be gone! Gerber switched in her flowing locks for a choppy, bright blonde lob.
Ever since Woodley chopped off her waist-length hair several years ago, she's been shorter and blonder, especially in the Divergent movie series.
With the release of the latest Divergent movie, Woodley is back in the spotlight—and sporting a wavy, brunette lob.
Chrissy Teigen has sported long, flowing, beach-bombshell waves since before we can remember.
Mom-to-be Teigen asked for the "Rosie-Khloe" and got a blunt, textured lob in 2016.
Emma Watson is no stranger to dramatic hair cuts (she rocked a pixie for a while), but she's kept it safe lately with longer, layered locks.
Watson debuted a choppy, bob hairstyle in early 2016.
Sarah Hyland has been on the ombre train for some time, whether her hair has been long or shorter.
The actor decided to take a walk on the dark side with this new almost-black 'do.
Stacy Martin's long, natural hair is reminiscent of some of our favourite ladies from the 1960's. Think Joni Mitchell and Jane Birkin.
She's since opted for a short, choppy lob—and we love it!
Kylie Jenner is no stranger to dramatic hair transformations, but lately she's been sporting her natural dark brown.
Say goodbye to natural and hello to navy blue!
Allison Williams' long, cascading waves are the definition of #hairgoals.
The Girls actor added fringe this year for a hairstyle change.
Salt and Pepper Steak Rub <br /> Photography by Ryan Brook Credits: Salt and Pepper Steak Rub <br /> Photography by Ryan Brook
Go on, have another slice of pumpkin pie.
There are few things better than a great big Thanksgiving feast shared with family and friends. If you choose your outfit wisely, you're free to indulge without worrying about rigid waistbands or fitted dresses holding you back.
We've got outfit ideas that will keep you comfy and stylish, no matter how you celebrate this totally indulgent holiday.
A cozy Thanksgiving with your immediate family
Not all families have large gatherings around the holidays. Maybe you're cooking a turkey breast (or tofurky) instead of the whole bird, or maybe there's no dinner at all and you'll spend the evening watching movies on the couch. If you're planning something small with just your partner, or your parents, or your kids, keep your outfit simple. We love the idea of an oversized shirt dress (bonus points for season-appropriate tartan), topped with a maxi cardigan. Flat, menswear-inspired shoes and sparkly socks keep this look from being too casual—you still want to look nice, after all.
Thanksgiving at the cottage
Whether you're going with only a few people, or your entire family, Thanksgiving at the cottage has something going for it other than the scenery—the very casual dress code. We recommend a stretchy, long-sleeve top paired with boyfriend jeans (the baggier, the better) and a roomy turtleneck sweater (the one shown below is actually a vest). Finish off the look with simple (waterproof) boots, just in case you decide to walk off that second serving of mashed potatoes after dinner.
The big family affair
If you're attending a fam jam with all of your relatives, you need to look on point—especially if someone in the group is an amateur photographer. There will be pictures. And you will be tagged on Facebook. We recommend opting for roomy trousers (a drawstring helps) in a stylish fabric like velvet, which also happens to be extremely comfortable. Pair with a long, roomy sweater in a flattering colour (this eggplant works with all skin tones) and sparkly accessories. For shoes, try a comfortable ankle boot with a trendy western-inspired twist.
If you're having a friends-only Thanksgiving event, we recommend playing with texture for added interest in your oversized ensemble. Keep it comfy with an A-line blouse (the one shown is in classic denim) and faux-leather leggings, which are both fancy and comfortable. Top it off with your favourite blanket scarf or poncho and some cool boots. This outfit will keep you covered, whether you indulge in drinks, turkey or cake—or all of the above.