An Edgewater local who loves creating artistic coffee drinks launched Kinetic Coffee this month. He makes the canned cold brews without extra sugar using the sous vide, or vacuum sealing, method. The new coffee company delivers handmade cold brew to your front door. Kinetic Coffee, owned and operated by Jordan Reinhardt, began accepting orders just this month. He makes a fresh batch each week using the sous vide method, also known as vacuum sealing to keep the coffee fresh and ready to drink.
The cold brew is made over the weekend and delivered in packs of four to your front door every Monday or Tuesday, or picked up in person Wednesday or Thursday. All orders can be placed online here.
As for the chosen brewing method? It diverges from the usual way, opting to use the sous vide method— which involves a thermal immersion circulator that is used to seal in ingredients as the coffee brews. The coffee is stored inside a vacuum-sealed back before being submerged in hot water to brew with the immersion circulator which simultaneously heats and circulates the water. The lesser-known device is inserted into a pot of water, both drawing and hating the water up to a precise temperature, before spitting it back out. Kinetic coffee also uses Third Wave Water, a mineral supplement that helps with flavor and extraction in their water. It helps turn “distilled water into the optimum water for brewing coffee,” according to Kinetic’s website.
As each batch is infused with extra flavors, as opposed to traditional syrups which are usually added later, the finished drinks don’t include sugar, opting to allow customers the chance to add their own should they wish. The Angry Bee, a cold brew made with cinnamon, cayenne, lemon zest, and honey, has become a popular order amongst locals. There are two other brews available at this time– the original Café Noir, a plain black coffee, and the Mocha Motion, a chocolate-based brew. Reinhardt is constantly coming up with unique new flavors to try and wants to create a banana-bread-inspired brew along with aseasonal pumpkin spice chai for autumn.
He gets his blend from Hexe Coffee Co. (2000 West Diversey Parkway) a local Chicago company. As for the can’s custom design, that’s all from Oktober Design, a West Michigan-based company. Reinhardt has been a barista for the past 7 years, and also helped to open Reinhardt helped open Rewired Pizza Cafe and Bar before deciding to open his own coffee business in 2020, studying the sous vide method for the past two years.
As of now, the Edgewater-based business is a one-man job, with Reinhardt making deliveries between Downtown and Rogers Park. Customers can maybe expect a Kinetic coffee truck one day as Reinhardt works to expand his business throughout the city by collaborating with local roasters, and cafes. He also hopes to eventually be able to ship cans nationwide though his ultimate goal is to open a critically acclaimed, fine-dining coffee cafe.
[Featured photo via: @kineticcoffee]