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Today’s key to summer survival: JoeTap iced coffee

JoeTap, now available at Cupcrazed Cupcakery in Fort Mill, tastes like it has cream and sugar, but it doesn’t.
JoeTap, now available at Cupcrazed Cupcakery in Fort Mill, tastes like it has cream and sugar, but it doesn’t.

After spending all of my (mumblemumble) years in the southeastern United States, let granny tell you a secret to survival: Cold everything.

For me, that includes cold coffee. Cold-brewed coffee in the home refrigerator, iced coffee from any place that usually sells me hot coffee. Cold, cold, cold. And while I love iced coffee with a splash of nonfat milk, I also like to avoid the spare calories of sugar and cream.

That makes me very curious about JoeTap, which debuted in April at the Specialty Coffee Association conference in Seattle. (Here’s a little explanation from Eater.com).

Now you can satisfy your own curiousity as soon as your car cools off enough to run down to Fort Mill, where Cupcrazed Cupcakery, 936 Market St., has installed a JoeTap delivery system.

Yes, a system. JoeTap’s secret is that it’s a cold-brew coffee dispenser that mixes cold coffee with very small bubbles of nitrogen. It looks sort of like a beer tap, but it shoots coffee. According to inventor Charles Kleinrichert, the tiny nitrogen bubbles bring out hidden flavors in cold coffee and makes it taste like it has sugar and cream added, when it doesn’t. More taste, less calories, more coffee-coldness.

At Cupcrazed, 12-ounce cups of JoeTap are $3.25. Cool.

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