Nestle patents Coffee Beer- Invention, really?
Quoted from NewScientist.com:
Nestec, part of the Nestlé empire in Switzerland, has filed patents in every major market round the world on a “fermented coffee beverage” that pours and foams like beer, but smells of strong coffee and packs a concentrated caffeine kick.
The beverage is made in a similar way to beer, but fine-tuned temperature control stops the formation of ethyl alcohol. So the new drink could go down well with people who want a long tall pick-me-up while driving. …
I don’t know what exactly this patent is about, but coffee beer is not new. In fact, I had a chance to taste coffee beer, proper beer at that (with alcohol) at a cafe run by a traditional brewery (I forgot the name) in Prague! Proof? Take a look at this:
The flavours, from left to right: sour cherry, coffee, nettle and banana. the small glasses are 100ml samplers, and all beers had a distinct taste! It’s needless to say that the plain Czech beer (not in picture) was excellent too!
Trivia: The name Pilsener is derived from the town Pilzen in Czech republic, so Pilsener is Czech in origin! There are day-long conducted tours of Pilzen town from Prague.