Cold Brew Coffee with a Kick

Exo Roast CoI finally got around to stopping into one of the best local coffee roasters in Tucson. I first stumbled upon Exo Roast Co in Edible Baja (a local foodie magazine) a few years back. This was before cold brew coffee was part of the common vernacular it is today. They were ahead of their time, pioneering the coffee movement in Tucson. Fast forward to today and cold brew is now center stage, at least in the hot southwestern desert. The product that caught my eye was none other than their Chiltepin cold brew. There are only 3 ingredients: chiltepin pepper, dark chocolate, and cream. This beverage might be a little spicy for your average gringo, but the cream and chocolate together help soften the blow. I must also take a moment and also comment on the great design of their label: it’s simple and clean, yet captures the essence of their brand. The packaging helps add that extra touch (often neglected) that helps contribute to a great coffee experience. This is a great modern twist on drinking chocolate you might find today or a couple thousand years ago throughout central/south America. You can find this speciality cold brew at their roastery, next door at Tap & Bottle, or at the local cooperative the Food Conspiracy.