Pulitzer Prize-winning New York art critic Jerry Saltz reportedly does this when he wants coffee: He goes to a deli or gas station, gets large to-go cups, comes home and puts them in the fridge, and the next morning pours this day-old coffee into a 7-Eleven Big Gulp cup with ice. He drinks this.
You probably don’t have a Pulitzer for criticism, and you likely have a better palate for coffee than Saltz — you want something that’s not just cold and caffeinated, but also genuinely refreshing. Fortunately, the art and science of cold coffee has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years. Espresso tonic is de rigueur at most third-wave cafes, baristas are experimenting with flavor combinations just like bartenders, and cold brew is literally rocket fuel.
Here are some of our favorite places in Seattle to get drinks that cool you off at the same time they wake you up. (If you want general coffee shops, head over here.) As usual, this list is not ranked but organized geographically.
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