Seattle's Best has something that I really like: it's an iced coffee made with a cold brew method. If you're in a Seattle's Best cafe, this is not to be missed. Cold brew coffee brewing produces an incredibly sweet, low acidity, smooth, fabulous iced coffee. It is amazing. It's just on their menu board as "iced coffee," so unless you ask (or already know) you might not know that it is produced by a cold brew. The coffee they use is a special blend called, "Saturday's Blend" though unfortunately, I don't know very many details about that coffee. I've heard it is a medium to dark roast, and in the past (before the switch to the level system) it was often promoted as their summer coffee. I'm no SBC expert, so if hopefully if I haven't got this right, someone will say so in the comments. I realize that it's painful to write about Seattle's Best products that many folks will never get a chance to try. There are so few Seattle's Best cafes. There used to be more but when Border's Books went out of business, Seattle's Best lost a significant number of their cafes because so many of their cafes were inside those stores. I was browsing the Seattle's Best store locator attempting to figure out where there are Seattle's Best cafes, and I wonder if there is fewer than 100 in the entire country. There are four Seattle's Best in downtown Seattle. There used to be two more. The Starbucks at First and Pike was once a Seattle's Best coffeehouse, taken out by Starbucks. And the Starbucks at Westlake Center was once a Seattle's Best (that I definitely remember!), and was also ousted by the parent company, Starbucks. I am sure that there is a Seattle's Best Coffee at Sea Tac airport, and a Seattle's Best barista today told me that there is one in Renton. All I can say, is be on the look out for them. I've heard that Portland has one, Los Angeles, and NYC. Keep your eye for them!
Back to the topic of cold brew: From what I know, the coffee is ground as a rough or course grind, and then is basically soaked for a full 24 hours as the brew method. There definitely are home versions of this brew method, though I have not experimented with it. I know that very briefly that the Starbucks that was once called "15th Avenue Coffee and Tea" experimented with Starbucks Kenya as a cold brew. I had this, and I loved it. Kenya makes a fabulous cold brew.
So today, (1-22-12) I dropped by the Seattle's Best Coffee on the corner of 5th and Pike in Seattle, and I indulged in the cold brew coffee, despite that it was raining out, and bought a cute mug too. By the way, they sell a vanilla flavored version of the cold brew, and it too is fabulous. I had had my eye on this mug for a while, and so I included a photo of it taken this past summer which I think shows off its charm.
Here is the mug I bought (I bought the red version):