Cold Brew (5 reviews)

Archer Farms Cold Brew Cinnamon

Archer Farms Cold Brew Cinnamon

Fall is upon us. What does that mean? Cinnamon. Ahh, cinnamon. Natures...cinnamon. I bought this because it was A: Cheap and B: Had a great selling line on the side which I will put here:

This creamy and sweet cinnamon cold brew coffee is big on taste with a warm, velvety texture.

So's I buy it, bring it in to work and have two dudes try it and the consensus is as follows: It's bad. Not even OK. It's not good. It tastes like someone made a passable cold brew and then dumped too much ground cinnamon in it, said to themselves, "Welp, no turning back now." put in one more pinch, and bottled it up.

The coffee is fine. I don't drink too much and what I do drink is cold brew and typically has some sort of disgusting chemical chocolate taste to it so I'm not one to judge but this coffee was light at best. The cinnamon was a ground cinnamon and not a candy cinnamon. After tasting it, though, I don't know which I would have preferred. Thumbs down, Archer Farms/Target. There's more to fall than cinnamon. There's more to you than bad cold brew. I feel like I just masochistically did "the cinnamon challenge" to myself. I feel like a moron.

Website
http://sites.target.com/site/en/supertarget/page.jsp?title=brands&brand=archerFarms
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on September 27th, 2017
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Starbucks Cold Brew Cocoa & Honey

Starbucks Cold Brew Cocoa & Honey

This is what all coffee should taste like for me. The quest is over. I go to local (Buffalo) places and try iced mocha coffee from all of them and they're missing something or there's too much of something else. This, though, this is fantastic. It's lightly sweetened and relies on the honey to earn some of its keep. It's got a great chocolate taste but isn't too strong. I read that it has cream in it but it's not thick like it could be. It might be there just to smooth some of the taste out. It's really good. It's not terribly cheap at $3 per bottle and I actually don't know where I can get it in Buffalo, which is a good thing. I was in Erie, PA when I got this guy but I feel like it won't be long before I see them here. It's kind of impossible that this won't be successful in the "test market" that is Erie that it won't trickle out to the rest of the country. For all I know, the takeover could be happening right beneath my nose and I could walk outside and see everyone drinking it like some sponsored episode of the Twilight Zone. Eh, could be worse.

Website
http://www.starbucks.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Coffee
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on July 2nd, 2017
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Kohana Cold Brew Coffee

Kohana Cold Brew Coffee

Concentrated cold brew coffee like this is perfect for people who like REALLY strong coffee. I'm sure there are some people that go against the suggestions on the bottle and don't dilute it with any water and milk. I think those people are called men, or dads. Well except for Mike. One might go as far as saying that he's not a real dad because he doesn't like coffee.

For science, I first tried this without diluting it at all. Now I have never drank motor oil, but I'm guessing it's not far from this as far as potency goes. It would make a great coffee energy shot, rough to drink but would immediately energize you. There you go Kohana, I just gave you some free marketing advice.

Once I decided to not be an idiot and drink this like a normal person would, it was fantastic! Great flavor, great taste, I couldn't ask for more of a cold brew coffee. I often forget to cold-brew coffee the night before (I don't drink a lot so I do it in 1 mason jar batches) so it was nice having this bottle for a few days and not having to worry about it. Also not having to deal with stray coffee grounds was also a plus. No matter how hard I try and how many times I filter my cold-brew, I still find little granules every once in a while.

Website
http://www.kohanacoffee.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on May 6th, 2013
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Grady's Cold Brew New Orleans Style

Grady's Cold Brew New Orleans Style

Back in the 90’s, when I was in high school, my friends and I would drive downtown and hang out at Topic coffee shop. Not to sound like the jaded old fool that I truly am, but these were the times before coffee shops were the place to hang out. Topic was filled with degenerics and weirdoes. We loved every second of it. I was never a huge fan of coffee, so I always tried something different to find the drink that was right for me. I eventually ended up a tea drinker, which I still am to this day, but every so often I would delve into the world of iced coffee. There was something about it that just worked for me. I would try to make it at home, with disastrous results. I quickly learned that iced coffee was not just brewed coffee put in the fridge to cool down. As the years passed on I drifted further away from drinking any sort of coffee. Then a couple of years ago I tried someone’s mocha and I again began a small relationship with “the bean,” as I hope no one has ever called it before, or will again.

Cut to the modern age of 2013 and here I sit with a jug of Grady’s Cold Brew concentrate in front of me. Now I’ve tried this with water, and also with almond milk. I’ve tried it sweetened and straight up. The one thing I can say for certain is that due to this showing up on my doorstep I have drunk more coffee in the past week than I have in the past two years. The kicker is that I am actually enjoying it. It reminds me of sitting in a poorly lit coffee shop in the arts area of the city playing some card game or another while people around me are all smoking clove cigarettes and a John Cale record is blasting from a tiny stereo behind the counter. Those were good strange times and this is good coffee. I feel like I am fully qualified to say that as I am not a big fan of coffee, and I really like this, but it’s not for some crazy or zany reason. It just tastes like a high quality drink.

The added bonus of Grady’s (besides having on of the best label designs I have ever seen on a beverage) is that it is New Orleans style, which means that there is chicory in it. For those of you who are not familiar chicory is the root of the endive plant that is roasted into coffee down there. While some places use chicory as a sole coffee substitute, here it is mixed with the coffee to give it a little extra taste and to fight off a bit of the bitterness and makes the coffee smoother. Perhaps that is why I like this so much.

If you’re a coffee drinker this will be a nice treat. If you’re not, I urge you to give this a try and see if it will change your mind.

Website
http://gradyscoldbrew.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Coffee, Mix/Concentrate
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 14th, 2013
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Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee

Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee

Stumptown Coffee is what made me fall in love with coffee. I recently moved back to Portland, OR, the home of Stumptown Coffee. I would love to say it was because I missed it so much, but in reality it was to open a custom button/zine store with my friend Alex Wrekk called Portland Button Works.

We recently signed a lease on a storefront and have been slowly moving things into it this week. I felt it was fitting that the first drink I reviewed here was a drink I've been waiting to try for a long time. Stumptown came out with this lovely glass bottle of coffee just before I moved back to Buffalo for 10 months. I didn't get a chance to try it before I left, but now I finally found a nice cold bottle.

I don't know much about cold brewing coffee, besides that it tastes better than other methods of iced coffee. After opening this bottle, it smelled like I just walked into a coffee shop. It has that classic/awesome coffee aroma. I usually drink my coffee with soy/almond milk and a little sugar, but under certain circumstances I can tolerate black coffee. I wish all black coffee tasted like this, because it's incredible. It's really strong, but has so much flavor. I don't know blends of coffee well enough to wax on about the different subtleties in the beans. All I know is that this is delicious, and I would probably drink it every day if it weren’t $3.50 a bottle.

Website
http://www.stumptowncoffee.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on April 19th, 2012
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