The new West Main Street location will offer coffee and ice cream in addition to pie. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
After 22 years the original Dogfish Head brew pub is being torn down to make way for a new courtyard that will have an outdoor dining section and the back half will house the brewery and distillery for collaborations and brewpub exclusives. Produced by Megan Raymond
Owned by Bryan Whipple, the shop offers skateboards, apparel and accessories to local skaters. Photos by Ralph Musthaler, Produced by Meg Ryan
Ann Foultz wrote a memoir about her experience as a Girl Scout. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Dogfish Head and RAR Brewing founders explain why craft breweries work together. Produced by Ryan Marshall and Megan Raymond
The 2nd Annual Northampton County Fair, held in Machipongo, Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, featured antique tractors, tractor driving contests, live music, a petting zoo, pumpkin decorating for the kids, and much more. Carol Vaughn video
The new restaurant in Sea Gull Square offers "kabob" style Chinese food as well as spicier options. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Hundreds of seafood lovers flocked to the 45th Annual Oyster Festivel on Chincoteague, Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Carol Vaughn video
The News Journal entertainment writer Ryan Cormier hosts a Facebook Live chat with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione at his bar and restaurant in Rehoboth Beach on Oct. 3, 2017.
Hundreds of classic cars and trucks descended on Ocean City on the weekend of Oct. 6, 2017. Todd Dudek video
100 varieties of jerky available, including exotic meats such as kangaroo and elk in addition to gourmet snacks, popcorn, nuts, spices, sauces and rubs available.
Delmarva Eastern Surfing Association held the Maryland State Surfing Championships on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 on the beach at 36th street in Ocean City, Md. Produced by Megan Raymond
A new sight will be welcoming visitors to Ocean City after they cross the Route 90 bridge into town — a Denny's restaurant. Wochit
Dollar stores are popping up on street corners across Delmarva, swimming against the retail sector's falling tide. Video by Jeremy Cox
The 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty will be hosted by Wicomico Youth and Civic Center and nearby venues in both Maryland and Delaware on Sept. 22-30. Wochit
As Wicomico County prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, The Daily Times and DelmarvaNow.com will offer nine days of coverage, much of it recalling where we were 150 years ago and recounting the journey through time that brought us to where we are today. Wochit
An inside look at this year's event. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Larry Parsons grew up in the restaurant business and eventually decided to his own. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Big Oyster Brewery's expansion in Lewes will increase production by 2,500 barrels Produced by Megan Raymond
Pico Taqueria offers freshly made tortillas, with a variety of different toppings and is open during Chincoteague's summer season. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Joe KroArt, Ocean Gallery, was honored by Maryland's Comptroller Peter Franchot Produced by Megan Raymond
The William E. Morgan Conservation Center will offer reptiles, amphibians and conservation programs. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
OC Painting Experience brought to you by T.C. Studios is a place for locals and visitors to learn about painting. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
In Ocean City, Italian bistro Ripieno's specializes in big portions, including its 28-inch large pizza. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Zap Pro/Am World Championships of Skimboarding held its semi-finals on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Dewey Beach, Del. Produced by Megan Raymond
Hamboards allow riders to surf while on land. Here's what Don Sandusky, owner and general manager of the co., had to say about the newest model. Produced by Gray Hughes
Chef Cameron arguably Delaware's best chef, is quite literally a walking cookbook. His body and his brain are filled with the thousands of books he's read and the hundreds of places he's traveled to learn global cuisine. Produced by Megan Raymond
OC BBQ, which replaced OC Steamers, opened in May and provided a southern barbecue restaurant at the changing 45th Street Village. Wochit
An inside look at this year's event. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Vineyard Wine Bar and Bistro is providing an upscale food and wine experience at the beach. Wochit
The new space will include an expanded dining area, fire pits, cornhole and a viewing area where customers can observe the brewing process. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Pony Penning begins with southern and northern roundups on Assateague, the swim to Chincoteague on July 26 followed by the auction on July 27 and capped with the swim back. Wochit/Produced by Kamlesh Desai
Known for their crab cakes, Drum Point Market has gained attention from travelers from all over the country. Produced by Ralph Musthaler and Ben Penserga
A band of wild ponies gallops on Assateague Island. Video courtesy of DSC photography. Darcy Cole, DSC photography
Barn 34 in Ocean City puts the family in family restaurants. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Highlights from the 2017 Berlin Bathtub Races. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
What's percolating in the world of coffee and coffee shops? Pemberton Coffeehouse is set to open in Salisbury — again. Deborah Gates
Chef Chris Parks has elevated the cuisine at Lupo in Rehoboth over the last few years. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
The 10th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Fish Tales in Ocean City ended with a new winner being crowned!
Delmarvanow.com asks beach visitors about their favorite activities on the Fourth of July. Produced by Megan Raymond
The restaurant offers seafood, speciality pizzas and more to customers. Produced by Meg Ryan
Chris Clare went from a small town ballplayer to a minor-league All-Star. Wochit
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has been touring breweries in Maryland to learn about their economic impact on their respective communities. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Alan Goldsborough of Crisfield and daughter, Heather, have opened Shipwrecked Seafood at Route 50 and Main Street in Berlin. Live, steamed and softshells to go! Deborah Gates
Ropewalk Chincoteague offers waterfront dining, a tiki bar and more. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Near perfect weather made for an exciting air show. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Gilligan's, on the canal waterfront in Lewes, reopened after an off-season remodel. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Indigo in Rehoboth, a new restaurant, is one of the Delaware beach area's only Indian restaurants. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Roadie Joe's owner talks about how his business has grown along with Salisbury. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
High Stakes Bar & Grill in Fenwick Island recently renovated. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Rare & Rye Owner Sal Fasano describes the newest hotel restaurant in OC Produced by Megan Raymond
SoDel's Scott Kammerer at the newest Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar Produced by Megan Raymond
Salisbury will play host to a major festival and tourism draw next year that is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars to the city. Video by Keith Demko
Peter and Linda Roskovich's family beach home will be featured on HGTV's "Beachfront Bargin Hunt: Renovation" Produced by Megan Raymond
Take a virtual walk along the Ocean City Boardwalk while checking out some of the sounds and sights. Produced by Gray Hughes
Burley Oak Brewing Company is aiming for a July opening for a new, coffee-inspired cafe in downtown Berlin. Wochit
Local fans of HGTV’s television show, “House Hunters,” will soon see their hometown in an upcoming episode. Wochit
Downtown Salisbury Festival returns June 2-4 with with carnival rides, food vendors, craft beer, a full entertainment lineup and local vendors. Wochit
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Everybody is into something, and if you are among those immersed in coffee culture, cold brew coffee may have been part of your life for the last few years.
If you aren’t, then this has been an educational summer, as cold brew has gone from something you think you might have heard of to something you can’t escape (and likely drink with some regularity).
According to Sean Hixon, roaster at The Point Coffee House and Bake Shoppe in Rehoboth Beach, the mass-market embrace of cold brew is a natural outcropping of the creative process roasters undergo. As with any other culinary art, roasters are trying to challenge what they do. Sometimes they fail big, other times they affect a cultural shift.
Cold brew is undeniably the latter.
In a span of just a few years, cold brew went from something esoteric, popular among die-hard coffee heads, to convenience store shelves. It's developed the kind of following that makes it a year-round, rather than just a summer drink.
Broadly speaking, there are three ways to prepare coffee cold: iced, Kyoto and cold brewed.
Iced coffee probably is as old as coffee and ice. The Dutch explorers would make a coffee concentrate that stored and transported easily, Hixon said. They would add it to hot water or cold so long as the end result was a cup of coffee. Because brewed coffee can be a little bitter, iced coffee is something of an acquired taste and one to which people tend to adulterate with sugar, heavy cream and/or flavoring.
Aside from that, the dominant way to make coffee cold for most of history has been the Kyoto, named for the Japanese city that popularized it. Drip coffee is brewed using half the required amount of water. The other half is put into the cup in the form of ice.
“The brewing process releases the acids at a certain temperature,” Hixon said. “Dripping the coffee on the ice stops the chemical reaction.”
In the end, the coffee is cold, sweeter and has less caffeine (caffeine also is released in the brewing process). There are lots of factors, Hixon said, but beyond choosing the right blend, coffee flavor comes from the amount of heat and time the coffee is exposed to the water. The longer coffee sits in water, the more flavor (and acids and caffeine) extracted. Playing with these ratios is what gave rise to cold brewed coffee, which is completely different from iced or Kyoto-style coffee.
Last summer, Hixon made cold brew in weekly batches. This year, he’s been brewing gallons of it several times a week as its popularity hit critical mass. Setting aside the way it tastes when dressed up with sweet things, cold brew’s appeal has as much to do with its accessible, low acid flavor and its reduced levels of caffeine.
It is the perfect solution for people who want an afternoon jolt, but also want to get to sleep at a reasonable hour. Moreover, it doesn’t require sweetener the way hot brewed coffee does for some people. That said, throw a little almond milk in it and it’s practically an afternoon snack.
Hixon said this summer, people really started experimenting. Some local restaurants have it on a nitrogen tap making cold brew coffee sodas, essentially. Others have it barrel aged. There is a real “gloves off” aspect to roasting and brewing coffee in novel combinations using processes bound only by physics and the brewer’s imagination.
In the coming days, Hixon will be debuting his own take on the process.
“If it can work with coffee, I don’t see why it can’t work with chocolate,” he said.
To that end, he’s collected some cacao beans he will roast, grind and cold brew. The result, he hopes, will be a dark chocolate with all the flavor and none of the bitter. If it works out, he’s pretty sure it will be the next big thing in cold brew.
If you’re interested in making you own cold brew, all you need is coffee and time, but a French press is the recommended pot. Failing that, mix your coffee into the water and train it through a filter in the end. Maximum contact with water produces maximum flavor.
Hixon said to select a medium roast coffee for the best results.
“If your bean is dark instead of medium your coffee is going to taste like tobacco juice,” he said.
Use the same ratio of coffee to water you would use when hot brewing and place the entire pot into the refrigerator for 18 hours. Hixon prefers a full 24. If you’re grinding your own coffee, use a coarser ground than you would for an automatic coffee pot.
He said coffee coarse-ness should be proportionate for the amount of time the coffee is in the water. For example, espresso is essentially powdered while the grounds for cold brew are significantly more substantial. Similarly, the better and fresher the beans, the better the taste.
Hixon’s final tip is to try it black, first, to get a sense of whether you even want to add anything because great coffee often is great just on its own.