Cold brew coffee is heating up in the Kansas City area. The Kansas City Star reports that the cold brew beverage has become increasingly common on local drink menus and in coffee shops. A few local coffee shops have been selling the beverage in 12-ounce bottles, as well as experimenting with a Kyoto-style cold brew and cold brew infused with hops.
Cold brew coffee is also becoming a new trend in the OCS market as well. Automatic Merchandiser reported in its August issue that 11.6 percent of OCS operators offer customers cold brew coffee. Meanwhile, Chicago-based Classic Group are distributors of third wave coffee roaster Stumptown’s cold brew.
As far as national brands go, Starbucks announced in March that it would introduce cold-brew coffee in 2,800 locations.