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Local coffee shop is going national with its cold press drinks


People around the United States could soon be enjoying cold press coffee from a Minnesota company.

Big Watt Cold Beverage Co. – named after the cold drink counterpart of Minneapolis-based Five Watt Coffee, which is known for its unique flavors and tastes – started popping up at local convenience stores, grocery stores and on-tap at some local restaurants in recent months, Southwest Journal reported.

There's been no one more excited for #BigWatt #CircuitBender #coldpresscoffee to arrive in cans than Lonnie at #36Lyn #RefuelStation, so much so that he personally went to our distributer to put our product on his shelves before it hits the market throughout the metro. It's this kind of neighborhood support that's our fuel! #getit? ... #bigwattbevco #MPLS #coldpresscoffee #handcraftedjoy

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And soon, the cold press coffee may be going national, the Star Tribune says.

Back in April, Heavy Table wrote about Five Watt Coffee's expansion – just a year after the coffee shop opened, noting the company's success in its first year helped launch Big Watt.

"We had the idea [for Big Watt] early on, but we've been able to do it earlier than expected because of how well things have gone with the shop," co-owner Caleb Garn told Heavy Table.

Garn and his other co-owner teamed up with three others to create Big Watt, Southwest Journal said. The company moved into a new spot on Harriet Avenue South, where long-term plans include a retail operation and a taproom (think brewery, but with coffee), the paper added.

Big Watt hopes to have that open this spring – and by August, the company hopes to be distributing to larger markers, including in Phoenix and Dallas, the Star Tribune notes. The company is working with Edina-based Core Beverage to help with distribution across the U.S.

Big Watt's expansion comes at a time where the demand for independently made craft coffee is on the rise. (Many communities, including in North Texas, are seeing a craft coffee boom, Kera News reported.)

Craft coffee shops, like Five Watt Coffee in Minneapolis, focus on quality not quantity. They use different beans, techniques and equipment to make a cup of joe that's unique – unlike national coffee chains that churn out the product for those demanding a quick caffeine fix.

And Big Watt's cold press coffees are also different from big-name brands you may find in grocery stores. It doesn't contain tons of sugar and additives, it's just coffee and water, the Southwest Journal noted.

Cold press vs. iced coffee

What's the difference between cold press and iced coffee?

Iced coffee is brewed hot, then chilled and poured over ice. (There are a few different methods to make iced coffee, including using more grounds and slowly dripping the hot coffee over ice to prevent it from becoming too diluted, Prima Coffee says. )

Cold press (also called cold brewed) is done just as it sounds. It's brewed over cold or room-temperature water, the Coffee Concierge says. But it takes a long time (up to 12 hours) to steep the coffee.

The taste of iced coffee and cold press vary, but many argue cold press coffee is smoother and less bitter than the iced version, according to Shape Magazine.

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