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Uncommon Coffee Roasters Cold Brew Coffee With Half & Half

Uncommon Coffee Roasters Cold Brew Coffee With Half & Half

I’m, probably in the minority with this but I find milk to be completely and utterly (udderly for those who want dads jokes) disgusting. The thought of drinking glass of milk..just ick. Luckily I can turn off my brain to it when it’s in other drink, such as this delicious cold brew coffee. Sure, I would have preferred this to have almond or soy milk instead of real deal cow grossness, but when something tastes this good you overlook the bad.

The black version of this was smooth as it was, but the addition of the half & half just makes it the subject of a Rob Thomas/Santana song. The coffee itself is delicious and the small amount of added sugar would make this enjoyable to anyone out there who has even the smallest interest in coffee, and perhaps even others who have no interest.

I said it before, but it bears repeating; if this was what your standard coffee tasted like I would drink it all of the time. I would become one of those people who just aren’t themselves until they get the first cup of the day in them. I would welcome that misery and dependence into my life. This is that good.

Website
http://uncommoncoffeeroasters.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 16th, 2016
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Starbucks Doubleshot Mexican Mocha

Starbucks Doubleshot Mexican Mocha

Oh the high hopes I had for this. Mexican mocha? Really? A nice, chocolate cinnamon coffee drink? Well if that's what you expect, you will most certainly be disappointed. It might be coffee, alright. Might. This only has a hint of almost every ingredient but cream. It tastes like creamy sugar with coffee and cinnamon essence. It's strangely thick.

I didn't like it. There I said it. It tastes like a diet drink and is not a diet drink. It hardly tastes like coffee, which I expect out of a coffee drink and the Mexican part of it is so faint that it almost isn't worth mentioned. Do it or don't do it, Starbucks. You can afford to do either. Small, test batches. Amp up the spice and send a can to me. I'd love to review something polarizing and accurate.

Website
http://www.starbucks.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee, Energy Drink
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on May 16th, 2016
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Uncommon Coffee Roasters Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Milk

Uncommon Coffee Roasters Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Milk

Jay drank the straight and loved it. I drank the straight and it was coffee. I don't like coffee too much. Iced coffee has to have some sort of syrup in it for me to deal with it. Chocolate mostly. This, though, this was real coffee with chocolate milk in it and it made a world of difference. Also, I don't know what they added to the beans but man was I jumpy. Jay was jumpy when he drank his. I drank half and was out of my skin, man. It sure did go down smooth, though. Until the jitters, I was prepared to give Uncommon my bank account information to auto debit my account periodically to keep this stuff coming. The jitters turned me off to that notion but it shouldn't you. I don't drink enough coffee to be accustomed to the feeling of caffeine surging through my veins. I don't know if I want to be I'll tell you what I want, more of this. It was delicious.

Website
http://uncommoncoffeeroasters.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on May 12th, 2016
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Uncommon Coffee Roasters Cold Brew Coffee Straight

Uncommon Coffee Roasters Cold Brew Coffee Straight

I’ve been home from Europe for four days now and my sleep schedule is no closer to getting back on track. I keep waking up sometime between 6 and 7am (normally I get up at 9) and find myself getting ridiculously sleepy at 10pm (normally 2am is bedtime). I just got out of work printing shirts all day and I’m worn out. This is not good because I have dinner plans and I’m going to see Youth Code tonight, who I have missed twice already and I’ll be damned if sleep is the cause of a third whiff. Just as I’m contemplating going to pick up an energy drink the doorbell rings. It’s Mr. Fed Ex and he has a perishable package for me. Inside are a bunch of pre-chilled cold brew coffees. The timing couldn’t have been better.

I’d like to say that as soon as I shut the door I ripped one of these bad boys open and started my journey to Caffeine City, but packaging made that impossible. Now I appreciate the use of cardboard cartons in beverages for their lower environmental impact but I have never once in my life been able to properly open one of these things. Even in elementary school my milk carton would look like a mangled soggy mess by the time I got it open. This coffee is no different. Some cardboard stuck where it shouldn’t have. Other areas just straight up ripped. It’s a mess, but what it contains more than made up for it.

Mike and I have been very vocal about not being huge coffee fans. I can drink it and I understand the allure, but it’s not something that I fully enjoy. This though, this is just fantastic. The flavor might be called straight, but even though it’s just filtered water and cold brewed coffee, that coffee has “notes” of walnut, caramel and chocolate, or so the box tells me. This is the smoothest coffee I have ever tasted, not to mention the best tasting. I have always loved the way that ground coffee beans smell, and this is the first time I’ve ever tasted it brewed where the flavor matched that smell. If this is how all coffee smelled I would be an addict like most Americans. Lucky for me most coffee is a pale comparison to this, so I don’t need it to function. I will definitely buy this again though when I come across it in stores.

Now let's see if this caffeine will keep me up so I can enjoy some industrial revival tonight.

Website
http://uncommoncoffeeroasters.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Coffee
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 5th, 2016
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Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee Pistachio

Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee Pistachio

My brother is getting married. I am in Arizona and it is hot. Some might call it "a dry heat" but no matter which way you cut it, 87 degrees is hot. My poor, frail, pale Buffalo skin hasn't seen the sun since September so coming off a six month winter as we do most years, I am worried that I am going to burn to a beyond-aloe status.

What do I do when on "vacation?" Well besides eat huevos rancheros, I (apparently) go to Dunkin' Donuts and get new iced coffees because that's what I did tonight. Pistachio, that's what I chose as (I don't think) we have it in Buffalo. How was it? Well it was very light and worried me. It just looked like straight cream and I didn't have any idea what it was going to taste like. It ended up being pretty good, though. It tasted like pistachios, which is saying a lot since I would wager a guess that no actual pistachios have ever touched this mix. It tastes like pistachio ice cream, which I love and wish I had right now. If you're into that, add the essence of coffee and you might have a recipe for success.

Phoenix? We don't know who is going to win this battle but if I were a betting man, I would say that the odds are in your favor. At least I got to cool down for the ten minutes the Dunkin' Donuts was open before they closed at six which I find a little bit early but what do I know? Nothing. I don't live here and I don't know these people. I know nothing.

Website
http://www.dunkindonuts.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Coffee
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on April 14th, 2016
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Tim Horton's Iced Coffee Mocha

Tim Horton's Iced Coffee Mocha

Experience 1: I go to Tim Horton's and order a mocha iced coffee. Lady says, "Do you want cream or sugar?" I respond, "No, thank you." She says, "Do you want it black?" I respond, "I just want it how it comes." She says, "Alright." and gives me one cream and one sugar. I did not like it.

Experience 2: I go to Tim Horton's and order a mocha iced coffee. Lady says, "Do you want cream or sugar?" I respond, "No, thank you." Different lady hands me the coffee and says, "I put more chocolate in it so it's not so bitter." I did not like it.

Tim Horton's. I want what I want and order it as such. If I wanted cream, I would ask for cream. If I wanted sugar, I would ask for sugar. If I wanted an extra shot of mocha, I would ask for an extra shot of mocha. Start listening to me and stop treating your job like a jazz solo and improvising what you think people might want.

Website
http://www.timhortons.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Coffee
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on April 5th, 2016
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REBBL Super Herb Elixer Maca Cold-Brew

REBBL Super Herb Elixer Maca Cold-Brew

Number one. Wow, this is an expensive drink. Jay bought it for me because he is as generous a man as he is a lover. Price tag reads $5.29 and that is a lot of green. How does it taste? Better than you would initially think I bet. It also got me hella jazzed. I drank half of the bottle and now I feel like I need to run or puke. Don't take the "puke" in a bad way. I don't know what to do when I get over caffeinated.

It has a good coffee taste and actually doesn't taste too much like coconut. That's a good thing for me and maybe not a good thing for you, I don't know. It's got some new age ingredients (sunflower lecithin?) but all tree hugging aside, I could have drunk this whole thing if it wasn't for my poor ability to process caffeine.

Now I'm going to drive home jacked up. Maybe that longboard is in the parking lot and I can push some of the energy out. That will be a nice surprise for both my legs and my eyes. The little things.

Website
http://www.rebbltonic.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Coconut Sugar
Categories
Coconut, Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on March 22nd, 2016
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Monster Java Salted Caramel

Monster Java Salted Caramel

Sometimes your ladyfriend nicely makes you dinner when you are sick, even when she just had a long day of school/work and is exhausted herself. She grinds up the always great garlic salt mix from Trader Joes to spice it up a bit for you. Not often, but sometimes, in her delirious state she doesn’t realize that she left the cap on and goes to add more when she tastes it and it doesn’t seem to be doing anything. This time she remembers to take the cap off and an obscene salty mess tumbles into your otherwise delicious meal. You don’t want to be rude, or unappreciative, so you eat it, sodium and all. Now it’s a week later and you have a can of Salted Caramel Java Monster in front of you and all you can think of is how salty that meal was and if this tastes even a fraction like that, there’s no way you will be able to enjoy it. Salt could be ruined forever, and that would be a horrible life to lead. I mean think of all the salsa and guacamole I would miss out on? That’s not a life I have any interest in living.

Somehow, like in a dumb sitcom, everything turned out just fine. It wasn’t overly salty. In fact it has only the faintest trace of sodium, which is how drinks should be. No one wants a salty drink, unless it’s some boozy concoction on a beach, and even then I don’t understand it. This has a general canned coffee flavor to it, with some small traces of caramel. There is another flavor that people tend to overdo it with. With a confection that is pretty much just burned sugar, less is usually more. I want hints of it, not a sore jaw from chewing a hunk of it for hours. Luckily there is no trace of the energy drink flavor in here. The idea of it mixed with coffee, is pretty wretched, and Monster seems aware of that, so they keep them separate.

Overall I found myself enjoying this way more than I had anticipated. It’s nothing terribly special, but I had overall low expectations and every single one of them were surpassed. Aim low and you’ll never miss the mark.

Website
http://www.monsterenergy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee, Energy Drink
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 20th, 2016
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Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk Mocha

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk Mocha

When Editor Dan and Jay and I get together, we eat food. We love the stuff. It's like we need it to live. When we've got a couple more minutes than normal, we do what other extremely attractive and confident men do which is go to Big Lots.

Why wouldn't I like a nice, tall mocha drink? You're right. I wouldn't not like it. Except, of course, when it tastes like this.

I don't think it's the almond milk because I've had that but something in this drink gets stuck to my tongue and tastes bad and tastes bad for an extended amount of time. My live-in girlfriend likes it so I'll try to think of the good parts. It does have a good mocha taste. It's nice and smooth. Badness? It's just got some sort of...presence that sits on your tongue like you on the couch after the boss was riding you all day. You aren't moving. You don't care what's on TV. You will watch The Bachelor if it comes on. You like watching those girls fight about their completely fabricated lives anyhow. This drink resides for so long that it should have to pay rent or mortgage depending on your current living situation.

I wish this was better. Almonds? Love 'em. Mocha? Love it. This? Naw, bro. Swing and a miss.

Website
http://www.gevalia.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on January 29th, 2016
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Gevalia Kaffe Iced Coffee with Almond Milk, Mocha, 11.1 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 8)

Main St. Cafe French Vanilla Iced Latte

Main St. Cafe French Vanilla Iced Latte

At the apparently culturally diverse Main St. Cafe they know that there are different people from different walks of life that like different beverages. Sure there are the people out there that are die hard coffee fans, who only drink it black, but there are also the people out there who aren’t really fans of coffee, but they also still want to participate. This beverage is for them. When they call it French Vanilla Iced Latte what they really mean is “This tastes like sweetened vanilla milk with a splash of coffee in it that you can only really notice in the aftertaste.” It’s for times when you want to get together with some friends to catch up at the coffee shop, but don’t want to be the jerk who doesn’t get anything. This way people will think you’re participating in coffee culture without dealing with the flavor that you’re not a fan of in any great amount.

I personally enjoyed this a great deal, but for a primary category I would list this as milk and not coffee. I wonder what the actual percentages are in here.

Website
http://www.mainstcafe.com/MainStCafe.htm
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 26th, 2015
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