If you've spent any time at the coffee counter at Ascension, you've likely noticed the large glass contraption that sits just behind the register. It looks a little like a science experiment, with an upper reservoir that holds chilled water, a middle section that holds coffee beans, a cascading spiral of glass and a bottom reservoir that holds the finished coffee.
Most of the iced coffee you've likely consumed over the years is made by steeping and then filtering the grounds. It produces a strong, tasty brew that's a lot like the normal coffee you're used to drinking. The device at Ascension though, produces a whole new brew.
Because it works so slowly, the Japanese device that looks a bit like a contraption from a Dr. Seuss book creates a new flavor profile. It's deeper, more rich, and if you close your eyes and pretend, you can almost imagine the dark hints of sweet whiskey.
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When the warm weather arrives (if it ever does) Dallas will have a whole new summer sipper to cool off with.