I Tried Ready-made Cold Brew and Didn’t Hate It

After a recent trip, this member of the Victor Crew wanted to drink cold brew coffee but wasn’t able to make any.

The first one was at a restaurant in Portland, Oregon. One of the more popular brands of coffee in Portland is Stumptown. It is not inexpensive. The 10 oz bottle of cold brew cost $4.50, but it was very good. Given a glass and half and half, I was able to make it tasty.

The other time I bought cold brew was from a Dunkin’ Donuts and had them add half and half. It wasnt as tasty as the more expensive one but it was pretty good as well.

The only other time I tried ready-made cold brew was from a Starbucks. It was actually too strong for me and they left no room to add a lightener.

Cold Brew when traveling

It seems everywhere you look these days, more and more shops are offering cold brew. We have had several posts about how to make it. What if you don’t have time or are traveling? What then? Here are some ideas.

If you are staying at someone’s house and if they have the room, you can get cold brew coffee packs from Dunkin’ Donuts. It looks like this is a more concentrated coffee as they have you add water after brewing it.

Stumptown Roasters has taken their cold brew a little further and make a Sparkling Cold Brew. It comes in a few different flavors: Original, Ginger Citrus, Honey Lemon. If you order online, it will cost $20 for a 6-pack sampler of all the flavors or $40 for a 12 pack of any one flavor. The cans are 12 oz each.

If you are traveling, you can find cold brew in just about any major coffee shop like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Stumptown, etc.

National Coffee Day is Here!

Yes Coffee Lovers! It will be here soon! Next Tuesday, September 29th is National Coffee Day. Jody Victor‘s crew searched the interwebs and found some companies are offering free coffee that day as well. Here are just a few of the major ones (some may require coupon or app):

7-Eleven
Buy 1 medium coffee, get a Pillsbury cinnamon roll free (mobile coupon expires 9/29)

A Plus at Sunoco
Free 16ox coffee through 9/30

Caribou Coffee
Free coffee samples all day on 9/29

Dunkin’ Donuts
Free medium hot or iced dark roast coffee on 9/29

Einstein Bagels
Buy 1 coffee drink and get 1 free through 9/29

Krispy Kreme
Free cup of Regular or Decaf coffee or pay just $1 for a Mocha, Latte, or Iced Coffee

McDonald’s
You can get a free small coffee during breakfast hours through 9/29

Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Buy 1 coffee get one free on 9/29

Starbucks
Free shipping on online orders of $30 or more through 9/29. $20% off any packaged coffee or merchandise in-store for My Starbucks Rewards Members.

Tim Horton’s
$1 for a medium dark roast all week through 9/29

WaWa
Free cup of coffee on 9/29

Coffee drinks with the most caffeine

So which coffee drinks have the most caffeine? Lets start by saying a normal cup has around 80 mg caffeine. The FDA recommends no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day (4-5 cups).

So here is the list of most caffeinated coffee drinks:
Death Wish Coffee. This coffee uses robusta beans with 200% more caffeine. They have a money-back guarantee if it isn’t the strongest you’ve ever had. That’s 651 mg per 12 oz cup.
Starbucks Venti. This brewed cup contains 415 mg for 20 oz cup. (Size does matter.)
Dunkin’ Donuts large coffee with Turbo Shot. When you think you need more caffeine, you can get a Turbo Shot added. This will give you 395 mg for a 20 oz cup.
Shock Coffee Triple Latte. This comes in a can. There is also a mocha version. 231 mg for 8 oz.
Biggby Red Eye. This is brewed coffee with espresso. this combines normal drip coffee with espresso. 274 mg for 16 oz cup.
Peet’s Brewed Coffee. This medium roast contains 267 mg per 16 oz cup.
Panera Frozen Mocha. This frozen coffee drink has 267 mg for a 16 oz cup.
Starbuck Grand Caffe Americano. This is a mix of 3 full shots of expresso and water in a Grande size. 225 mg per 16 oz cup.

~ Jody Victor

National Coffee Day – Sunday, September 29, 2013

This Sunday is National Coffee Day! That means there are some deals to be had!

Parade.com found 7 deals:

  • Caribou Coffee: Print a coupon from their Facebook page for a free small coffee.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Download the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app to get your free small hot or iced coffee (free for Apple and Android). Look for the freebee coupon under “offers”. They also have discounted coffee on Saturday and Sunday for home brewing.
  • International Delight Creamer: Enter the contest on their Facebook page to win a free case of Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer. Everyone who enters will be emailed a coupon for a free bottle to be redeemed at your local market.
  • Krispy Kreme: Your choice – a freebie or a dollar deal.
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea: If you order a baked item or bowl of Simply Oatmeal, you will get a free small maple latte from 10am to 2pm.
  • Starbucks: Some locations celebrating the lauch of their Ethiopia coffee will receive free tastings of this new blend of coffee. If you purchase a 1-lb bag of it will receive an Ethiopian inspired cup while supplies last.
  • Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop: When you place your order you will get a free coffee with the purchase of another if you say “Happy National Coffee Day.”

~ Jody Victor