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Meet The Man Who Improved Irish Coffee

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When I first met Jerry DeFazio, in 2012, he was one of a very small number of guys who could drink me under the table. A year later, when he told me he was working on a small-batch, coffee-infused whiskey, I didn’t bat an eyelash.

I remember his description like it was yesterday: “I was pouring whiskey into my morning coffee and thought ‘there’s gotta be a way to do this without all this water in the way.’”

I prepared my face — you know, that face you use when your friend makes you listen to their band’s EP or check out their artwork in their presence — and took a double on the rocks. With a distinct cold brew smell and a gentle fire going down my throat, Fliquor Bean (yes, that’s what it’s called) brought out a genuine look of awe.

The Road to Fliquor Bean

Born in Troy, New York, but raised across the Northeast, DeFazio’s wanderlust would take him to Australia, Austin, and, eventually, the city of Angels. He found stability wherever he roamed behind a camera, though he could easily leave any gig behind for his next big adventure.

 

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Yes, on top of everything else, DeFazio may or may not be part of a collective (that shall remain anonymous) which puts on some of the best underground concerts and shindigs L.A.’s seen in years. I wish I could tell you more, but snitches get stitches.

At first, in 2013, DeFazio juggled camera operating at a film studio, the burgeoning concept of Fliquor Bean, and the warehouse parties (which exclusively served Fliquor). He was presumably running on fumes and his own product. Following a steady increase of media coverage and the studio going under, he decided to undertake his small-batch liquor business full-time.

Considering you only need two ingredients to make Fliquor — coffee and whiskey — it wasn’t long before he rolled out his first official batch.

Where Can I Get Fliquor Bean?

If you don’t live in California, fear not, you can get your hands on this magical elixir online. If you’re in the L.A. area, however, chances are one of you favorite haunts or brunch spots already has Fliquor on the menu.

Recently, I broke mac and cheese tots with DeFazio, 26, at Home Restaurant in Los Feliz and enjoyed a craft Fliquor cocktail — a huge jump from the Fliquor on the rocks I experienced three years ago.

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I love Fliquor, but these tots were super distracting.

He had taken a break from driving all over town, pitching Fliquor to bars and restaurants, to enjoy and talk about his product.

“This is the first place to pick me up,” De Fazio said. “I’m very thankful to these guys, especially because the got the whole idea that Fliquor Bean is for brunch.”

Evidently, he’s watched several people kick back numerous Fliquor cocktails at a single event, a feat that’s sure to keep you awake until the day after next. (The first time I had Fliquor Bean, I was up until 4am, contemplating my existence and watching cat videos on YouTube. And I only had a couple glasses.)

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Photo: Jerry DeFazio

When he stopped waxing poetic about bars with patio, the passion he holds for his company started to shine through. From production to advertising, DeFazio does it all with little to no assistance.

But even though it’s taken a lot of elbow grease for this sleeper to get L.A.’s attention, its simplicity is what truly wins the day. DeFazio’s business card says it best:

Fliquor Bean: replacing water with whiskey since 2013.

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Starbucks Announces Cold Brew Coffee, Extra Water

Starbucks has been jumping on a lot of coffee bandwagons lately, from flat whites to a new subscription service, and now they are expanding the release of their Cold Brew Blend.

The company is playing catch-up due to the rise of smaller roasters like Stumptown Coffee Roasters who’ve built their reputations on their cold-brewed coffee.

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Starbucks began testing their Cold Brew last summer and are rolling out the product to more than 2,800 stores in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states. It’s unclear if the absence of West Coast locations is due to poorer sales in San Francisco tests in comparison to Boston.

The blend of espressos will be steeped in water for 20 hours and then diluted. Significantly.

Michelle Sundquist, a member of Starbucks Research Development team, told Eater that the caffeine level in the company’s cold brew is only about 5mg higher than normal.

Stumptown’s cold brew process only takes about 12 hours, but offers 71-122mg more caffeine than the same amount of their drip coffee, according to Stumptown Director of E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Allie Shanholt.

And this won’t be the first time Starbucks sells watered-down products this year.

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Starbucks’ latest attempt to remain relevant in an exponentially progressive beverage vertical was their national introduction of Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk in lieu of a much more reasonable almond milk addition.

If you were wondering why adding coconut milk to favorite Starbucks beverage tastes like your barista just poured sugar water over your espresso shots, it’s because that’s exactly what’s happening. The actual cartons read “Sumatra Coconut Milk Beverage with Coconut Water from Concentrate” and boast 14 ingredients in the standard descending order of percentage, the first being water.

This is a disheartening trend since the Cold Brew Blend is likely to be on the pricier end of the spectrum. Each store will make one small batch a day that can only accommodate about 40 grande cups worth of the beverage.

If you’re still into it, the Cold Brew is hitting the aforementioned select areas on March 31.

Hopefully, for April Fool’s they’ll keep some caffeine in the batch.

 

 

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Starbucks Testing Cold Brew Coffee

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The coffee giant seems to be behind on the cold brew coffee craze, I mean, even Chick-Fil-A announced a nationwide rollout of their new iced coffee and they specialize in all things chicken.

For now, Starbucks is keeping their new cold brew on the down low offering it for a limited time in select Boston locations, but once they’re out for the day, they’re out. The small batch coffee is brewed for 24 hours in a Toddy cold brewer using single origin Ethiopian beans. Until Starbucks decides to debut the cold brew nationwide you can just make your own at home, the coffee chain sells the same Toddy cold brewer they’re using on their website.

The new cold brew coffee shouldn’t be confused with the iced coffee that the chain already offers. Cold brew coffee is brewed with room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time, usually about 12 or more hours, and results in a coffee concentrate with a sweeter flavor profile due to its lower acidity. Iced coffee is coffee that has been brewed in hot water then poured over ice, but, iced coffee can also mean cold brew coffee over ice. Got it? Yay, science!

With the heat waves here in SoCal and just our warm weather in general the cold brew coffee would probably do particularly well in our neck of the woods. You hear that Starbucks? Why not push the Pumpkin Spiced Latte launch a few weeks (because it’s not even Fall), and bring on the cold brew coffee.

H/T + PicThx Eater

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Gratuitous Drink Porn: Coffee Edition

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We’re not such total snobs that we don’t appreciate a good latte. Black, brown, half tea, half sugar, Frappuccino or Americano, coffee is one of nature’s little, underrated blessings which has the unique quality of tasting great almost no matter how you spin it. During the week, we can tend to take coffee for granted, sucking it down indiscriminately between long pretending-to-work sessions. But this week, let’s kick things off the right way, right out of the gate. So sit back, relax and sip up with this special coffee edition of Gratutious Food Drink Porn.

(Beware: inordinate amounts of mason jars ahead.)

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Butternut Chai Latte

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Recipe: Adventures in Cooking

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Frozen Irish Coffee

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Recipe: Sugar Magnolia

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Fresh Ground Iced Coffee

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Recipe: Pretty Plain Jane

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Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Recipe: Pastry Affair

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Blueberry Iced Coffee

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Recipe: Anyzkowo

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Spiked Gingerbread Cocktails

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Recipe: Tasty Trials

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Toffee Caramel Dessert Coffee

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Recipe: Simple Bites

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Kahlua Cafe

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Recipe: Muy Bueno Cookbook

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Kopi See

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Recipe: Singapore Shiok

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Orange Spiced Iced Coffee

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Recipe: Kitchen Treaty

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Orange and Cardamom Infused Cold Brew Coffee

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Recipe: 10th the Kitchen

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Bacon, Coffee and Maple Whiskey Martini

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Recipe: She Knows

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Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee

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Recipe: Averie Cooks

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Cafe Helado

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Recipe: Amantes de la Cocina

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Iced Coffee with Whipped Cream and Chopped Peanuts

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Recipe: Rustykalna Kuchnia

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Salted Caramel Affogato

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Recipe: Vikalinka

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Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

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Recipe: Aris Menu

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Frozen Thai Iced Coffee

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Recipe: Girl Versus Dough

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Coffee Cocktails and Star Biscuits

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Recipe: Sandra Bakes a Party

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Mint Mojito Iced Coffee

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Recipe: Oh My Pancake

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Caramel Iced Latte

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Recipe: Offbeat and Inspired

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Ultimate Iced Coffee

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Recipe: Simply Delicious

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Cold Brewed Maple Almond Iced Coffee

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Recipe: Coffee and Quinoa

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H/T Tasteologie, Tastespotting