Okay, this may be veering too far but has anybody tried cold brewing coffee? (or did someone post about it here??!) Our local Whole Foods sells a "toddy" cold brewing system and I got intrigued by the cold brewing idea and googled a couple of articles about it and it seems pretty simple and like something you can do without a lot of equipment--basically throw some coffee in a mason jar and add cold water and let it sit for 12-24 hours, then strain first coarsely and then finely through a coffee type filter. It is supposed to produce a coffee that is smoother, has less acid and is thus better for people who otherwise don't drink coffee because of the acid/tummy issues, and it is also a bit lower in caffeine than drip brewed coffee. It makes a coffee concentrate that you can keep in the fridge and then when you are ready to drink, you add hot water and/or milk and whatever else you want. Two things that people kept saying in the various articles/blogs/comments I read about this was that it produces a coffee that is smooth and not bitter and that has chocolatey undertones. Someone also noted that this is how Seattle's Best Coffee (which has apparently been bought out by SBucks, who are maintaining this practice) uses this cold brewing method to make the coffee for all their iced coffee drinks. Anyway, it seemed to me like it was worth giving a try, especially since you all have me thinking about Starbucks and coffee now!!!
Seattle's Best Coffee was IIRC IMO terrible coffee however. Though frankly, my opinion of Starbucks is pretty low on coffee quality.
I joke that Starbucks bought SBC mainly to take over a few of their choice locations here in Seattle.