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Cool off with an iced caramel vanilla macchiato from The Perk. Courtesy Facebook

Summer is here, which means I get my caffeine fix via iced coffee rather than a hot cup of joe. While I know I can get it cheap on the corporate side — my sugar-free vanilla iced is only 99 cents on the McDonald’s app in any size I want — sometimes I want to make my own, so for some guidance, I reached out to Anthony Parrotta of Enduro Coffee Roasters (2416 Ludelle St, Fort Worth, 817-773-8576).

“Brewing your favorite hot coffee and serving it on ice is always an option if you want an iced coffee, but some people prefer cold brew because it is less acidic and often packs a stronger punch,” Parrotta said, adding that Enduro offers a Cold Brew Blend.

When I don’t have time to make my own, I prefer to patronize local coffee shops for my iced-coffee needs. To that end, here is a list of more than eight (sue us) small F-Dub businesses to check out this summer.

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Arcadia Coffee (324 Bryan Av, Ste 110, Fort Worth, 817-565-3722) is a coffee shop and roastery on Near Southside that holds space for creatives through artwork, literature, music, and, of course, food and drinks.

Avoca Coffee Roasters (1311 W Magnolia Av, Fort Worth, 682-233-0957) is an artisanal shop devoted to a “seed to cup” philosophy on the Near Southside. The word “avoca” is Gaelic for “great mouth.” So there.

Black Coffee (1417 Vaughn Blvd, 817-782-9867) specializes in infusing global flavors into its craft beverage recipes.

Boulevard Brew (5406 River Oaks Blvd, River Oaks, 682-250-2544) is a new hangout spot for coffee aficionados looking for a tasty experience.

Common Grounds (3110 Greene Av, Fort Worth, 682-708-7024) is drive-thru only, but they have the Vietnamese coffee we all love. Plus, for summer, they offer Matcha Cabana, a matcha latte with banana and coconut.

CRUDE Craft Coffee Bar (804 S Main St, Ste 120, 682-224-5541) offers barista-style craft coffees and small-batch housemade desserts in an enriching atmosphere.

Dwell Coffee & Biscuits (3113 S University Dr, Ste 100, 817-720-6766) serves up craft coffee and breakfast biscuits. Also in Old Town Burleson and inside H.E.B. Plus.

The Perk Coffee Shop (3701 Birchman Av, 817-731-4329) specializes in fair trade coffee and light breakfast/lunch options on the campus of Christ Chapel in support of its missions.

Roots Coffeehouse (400 Bryan Av, Fort Worth, 817-349-8259; 9101 Hwy 26, Ste 101, North Richland Hills, 817-503-7344) delivers on community gathering places and craft coffee drinks with locally sourced ingredients.

Trinity Coffee House (2700 Weisenberger St, 682-297-0638) is a gathering place, workspace, and coffee purveyor in the Foundry District, brought to you by the family that also owns Thirty Eight & Vine.

Also, keep an eye out for White Rhino Coffee opening soon on the Near Southside (1217 8th Av, Ste 101, 817-719-1888). Like its other locations, this seventh local White Rhino will feature craft coffee and bistro-style fare.

To make your own cold brew at home, Parrotta recommends having your coffee ground for “toddy” which will be the coarsest setting on your grinder. If you have a french press, simply combine the coffee and water and place in the refrigerator for 18-24 hours depending on desired strength. Push the plunger down to separate your grounds and pour the cold brew into a new container. Serve over ice and enjoy.

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