It seems we’ve all become accustomed to the limited options of overly sweetened coffee ‘flavoured’ spirits.
We came to realise that we couldn’t find a single so-called ‘coffee liqueur’ that even closely resembled the true dark and rich complexities of the espresso. So we set out to make one – a Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur – that let the coffee bean do the talking, without the need for the usual additives and flavourings.
It turns out that to capture the true taste of freshly roasted coffee in a liqueur, you’ve got to master a complex balancing act of roasting, blending and brewing that takes no prisoners. One wrong move, one shortcut, and the taste is compromised.
So, we’ve taken our sweet time and after a year of tweaking and sipping our way through 96 recipes, we discovered some subtle tricks and a blend that surpassed all our expectations…
A complex, dark and fruity brew that celebrates the espresso and owns the glass.
Working with Dorset’s very own Beanpress Coffee Co., we’ve selected the very best speciality Brazilian and Ethiopian coffee beans that blow your usual ground coffee out the water. The Brazilian is roasted darker and longer to accentuate the cacao and caramel notes, bringing a robust coffee flavour that provides the backbone to the spirit. The Ethiopian coffee is roasted faster and lighter to accentuate the sweetness and natural citrus character, so adding a zesty highlight to the blend.
By brewing our liqueur cold, we don’t extract any of the acidic, bitter elements of the bean typical of a hot brew, thereby honouring the subtle fruity chocolate notes of each bean variety, creating a heady and hearty concoction that’s as wonderfully dark as it is delicious.
Cold-brewing, however, requires more coffee than your usual hot cup of Joe, and in true Conker Spirit, we took that to the extreme – there’s a ludicrous amount of Dorset-roasted beans in each beautifully black bottle.
Because the brew is so smooth with natural vanillas and caramels, just a touch of demerara sugar is needed to complete the alchemy – no flavourings, no additives, no nasty thickeners – just four simple ingredients and one ridiculously precise process.
Enough of the whys and wherefores, this tipple does all the talking. It’s time to darken your glass with Conker Cold Brew and toast the arrival of the true espresso liqueur. Learn more.
Report by conkerspirit.co.uk