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.

A New Coffee Craze

The crazes seem to just keep coming. This latest one is nitro coffee. This is coffee that is cold and bubbly. It is infused with nitrogen and sometimes carbon dioxide under high pressure, then chilled in a keg and served on tap. It makes a head just like beer. The bubbles make it rich and creamy. This is taking cold brew a little further. Some say it has a chocolate flavor to it and some say it tastes a little like beer. We suppose it depends on the brew that is used.

So where can you try this? Well, Stumptown Coffee sells it in a can so you can possibly find it at a grocery store. Unfortunately, unless you have the setup to nitrogenate your coffee, you’ll have to find it at your local coffee brewer.

The Victor Crew