Coffee (243 reviews)

Victor Allen Iced Latte Mocha

Victor Allen Iced Latte Mocha

I predict there will be a divide over this product, albeit with a narrow margin. People who love coffee will say, “It’s pretty meh. It doesn’t really like coffee.” People who are indifferent about coffee will say, “It’s decent enough. It doesn’t really taste like coffee.” At least everyone will agree on something.

This is more of an adult chocolate milk than it is an actually espresso drink. If I were handed a glass of this with no description I would assume it was some sort of weak malt drink. There probably sound like complaints, but I did enjoy the taste of this. In fact it is because it doesn’t have a strong coffee flavor that makes it a better drink. It is chocolate and sweet with a little something around the edges that makes it a little interesting.

Website
http://trilliantfood.com/victor-allen/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 4th, 2016
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Sunup Green Coffee

Sunup Green Coffee

This beverage leads me to ask the question, Why waste your time roasting coffee beans when you can just brew the green beans? As it turns out you’ll save time and it has a more palatable taste (according to my taste buds). You also get the same amount of caffeine plus some antioxidants.

If someone were to ask me to describe how this tastes I would immediately respond that it tastes like someone brewed a pot of coffee, dumped it down the drain, then somehow brewed some yerba mate tea in the same coffee maker without cleaning it out. After that they dumped a bunch of sugar in it. It has a very earthy taste (hence the yerba mate descriptor) and only vaguely tastes like the coffee flavor that comes to mind when you think about said beverage.

This is definitely something that tastes extremely weird and off the first time you try it. I quickly grew to enjoy it though. It’s an entirely different beast than your typical coffee, and I could see it turning off hardcore coffee fans who may see it as a bastardization of their holy beverage (coffee people are crazy, right?). On the other hand I could see it being something that those who don’t normally like coffee enjoy (oh look, that’s me).

Website
http://www.sunupgreencoffee.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Dried Cane Syrup
Categories
Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 12th, 2016
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Tim Horton's Iced Coffee Vanilla

Tim Horton's Iced Coffee Vanilla

This tastes like a candle and also tastes like it sucks. No stars. Wait...I can't do no stars? This website sucks almost as much as this drink. I said, "Could I have an iced coffee with vanilla, please?" and I think they misheard "vanilla" and thought I said candle wax. Three sips. There goes $2.16. Cripes. Grozz. Ugh. These are the sounds that I am audibly saying at work aloud as people try to work. "Try to work" is code for "fantasy football" so it sounds like everyone has a hearing impediment today.

Website
http://www.timhortons.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Coffee
Rating
1/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on September 26th, 2016
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Stok Cold Brew Iced Coffee Black

Stok Cold Brew Iced Coffee Black

Oh how I wish I had one of these now. No, not a 48 ounce bottle as that would be suicidal but the smaller, equally available 10 ounce bottle. Long nights, friends. Long nights. I know it would make me sick and dizzy but anything over this underslept feeling, which is garbage. I took a shot or two of this over the weekend, you know, just to get by, and it was nice. It was smooth, and although advertised as "not too sweet" it was definitely sweetened and possibly more than many people would like.

I don't have a preference as far as coffee goes, as you may well know, but sweet and usually with some sort of syrup is preferable. This met the criteria just fine. Lucky for me, there is a 48 ounce bottle with two shots missing at home waiting, for a girl like me (to come into my life).

Website
http://stokcoffee.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on September 26th, 2016
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Chameleon Cold-Brew Mexican Coffee

Chameleon Cold-Brew Mexican Coffee

Things I’ve recently learned about myself include the fact that if you make a coffee drink “Mexican” I will probably love it. Generally that means adding cinnamon and chilies to it. I also think of it as having to do with chocolate since my first forays into it were with Mexican hot chocolate. This does not have chocolate. Actually it doesn’t have chilies either. That doesn’t stop it from being amazing though. What it does contain is high quality cold brewed coffee, cane sugar, vanilla, almond and cinnamon. The results are flat out fantastic. It’s one of the best coffee beverages I have ever tasted. Even with all of the added ingredients the coffee is still the main flavor, and it’s smooth and delicious. The other things are just icing on an already delicious cake. There is something about this that makes me think of a drink from when I was younger, but I can’t put my finger on what that drink is. I know it’s the cinnamon that’s pointing me in that direction though. While you could drink this at any point in the day, it would be perfect as a dessert beverage.

Website
http://www.chameleoncoldbrew.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 11th, 2016
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Starbucks Iced Coffee Chile Mocha

Starbucks Iced Coffee Chile Mocha

Whether or not there was coffee in this is another story, but this was fantastic, man. It had the earthiness from the chilies and the cinnamon. Really, I don't know if there was coffee in this and if there was, it was highly masked by the rest of the flavors. It wasn't spicy as much as it was the flavor of green chile. The chile and cinnamon were generously sprinkled on like a medium dusting from the spice fairy, a fictitious (presumably) creature that puts spices on food and drinks alike. The mocha was a good umbrella flavor. I don't go to Starbucks often but as soon as I saw this was out, I ditched whatever lunch plans I had and went there and was pleasantly pleased I didn't have to pull the old, "Do you have this? You don't? Welp, see you later." and walk out the door awkwardly. We've all done it. It's one thing to do it in a restaurant but have you ever done it in a drive through? Way worse. When the person wants you to pay for your meal and you have to say, "Oh, no. You didn't have what I wanted so now I have to sit in line with the rest of these buffoons." that's the worst. This was in stock and supposedly for a limited time, too so hurry on over and get one.

Website
http://www.starbucks.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on September 9th, 2016
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Tim Horton's Iced Cappuccino Twix

Tim Horton's Iced Cappuccino Twix

Twix, a cookie not a candy bar, is a wonderful cookie not a candy bar. Carmel, crunch, caramel and chocolate. If we're talking about "The Four C's," screw diamonds, dude. Twix is where it's at. How is this though? Sweet. I don't even know after all these years if there is any coffee in iced cappuccino, or as we in Western New York like to call them, "Iced Capps," anymore. They might be but it's so overpowered by sugar and cream and now cookie crumbles that what's the point anymore. This small was more than enough. There was probably the amount of a "fun size" Twix grinded up on the top which was fun to get through the straw at the end. The rest was just a sugary blur of cookie flavors and brown. I say that like it's a bad thing. Look, if you're the type of person to buy an iced cappuccino, you know what you're getting into and you know what you're doing to yourself. I'm not going to say it, but deep down you know what you're up to.

Website
http://www.timhortons.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Coffee, Milkshake
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on August 17th, 2016
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La Colombe Draft Latte

La Colombe Draft Latte

I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I think I’m starting to like coffee. Well at least fancy “ready to drink” coffee. The past couple that I have tried (minus the Marley) I have actually enjoyed a great deal. Something about them has been different though. Even though they have been a variety or different preparations they have all been very smooth with little acidity. In the world of coffee smooth is the descriptor that I am looking for.

This is a “Draft Latte” which I’m pretty sure is a term that La Colombe invented. It’s a can of frothed milk with a shot of cold-pressed espresso added (hence the smoothness). There is no added sweetener and there doesn’t need to be. You can get a taste for the actual coffee and the milk (I do with it were almond or soy, but I’ll enjoy what I can get). I don’t really understand how the milk stays frothy, but it really does have that specific feel/taste. Okay I just looked it up and it’s the way the can is pressurized that froths the milk when you crack it open. That’s good science there.

I’m certainly not Mr Fancy Pants in most aspects of my life, but when it comes to coffee that’s apparently what I need. I wish I could talk about the roast or whatever, but that is lost on me. This tastes like coffee when coffee is good. It’s frothy, smooth and wonderful.

Website
http://lacolombe.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 6th, 2016
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Marley's One Drop Vanilla Chocolate Twist

Marley's One Drop Vanilla Chocolate Twist

As I’ve said a million times, I’m not a huge coffee fan. I do like coffee ice cream though. It’s toned down and it is delicious most of the time. When I saw that Marley now made a vanilla chocolate swirl coffee drink my first thought was “Well there goes keeping up a brand image.” What on earth did Bob Marley have to do with ice cream? Did he ever sing about it? Not that I know of, but I’ve never really delved into his catalog. My second thought was “Is this really a necessary flavor?” It’s like they are marketing coffee to kids. Being a big dumb kid myself I obviously picked up a can. You know what? It actually tastes like someone made a cup of coffee and then cooled it down by letting a soft serve twist melt in it. It has a very accurate flavor, but unfortunately who actually wants that flavor once they try it? It was good for about two sips and then it got to be a bit too much. Also, there is a weird almost banana taste to this. There is no banana in it, unless that’s where they got the potassium, but it has this weird underflavor that isn’t quite the fruit, but close. With each sip the mystery flavor got stronger and my enjoyment decreased. This just seems unnecessary and only well executed for a short period of time. No banana no cry.

Website
http://www.marleybeverages.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Pure Cane Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 5th, 2016
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Zingerman's Coffee Company Cold Brew Coffee

Zingerman's Coffee Company Cold Brew Coffee

Many fools out there would consider us experts when it comes to the beverage world. The truth is we are just two dumb guys who like to drink a lot of drinks and write about what we think about them because we are apparently narcissistic and think the world needs to know our opinions, you know like the rest of the internet. Actually this is something that keeps us busy. It’s our version of collecting stamps, records, or comics. Whatever our reason for doing what we do, and no matter what people think of us, no one has ever mistook us for authorities when it comes to coffee. We are complete idiots when it comes to this field of beverages and we have no idea what the little things about certain coffees coffee are that make them more desirable than other coffees. Keeping that in mind this is what I have to say about Zingerman’s Cold Brew.

This tastes like…coffee. There is nothing extra added to it, just straight up brewed coffee beans. I don’t know if that is technically correct since it is cold brewed for 16-24 hours and it doesn’t get heated up (I always think of brewing as “cooking.” Am I wrong?). The reason for this is that it reduces the acid and makes the coffee smoother. I can actually acknowledge that this does seem smoother than “iced coffees” that I have had. So it’s got that going for it. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I can detect the different notes in the coffee, because my palate isn’t that refined. All I can say is that it tastes like coffee with no harshness to it. It’s not the kind of drink that is going to win me over and make me a card carrying member of the Loyal Order of Coffee Aficionados , but I do enjoy it more than I have enjoyed other straight coffees that I have tasted, so that’s something.

Website
http://www.zingermanscoffee.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Coffee
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on June 8th, 2016
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