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Top picks for coffee in a bottle or can

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

The best grab and go coffee

When you're on the run and need a caffeine fix, sometimes a grab and go coffee is your only option. But fret not, even if you don't have time to wait in line at the local coffee bar for a made-to-order iced coffee or cappuccino, some pre-made bottled and canned coffees can actually satisfy your need for convenience and, most importantly, your desire for a delicious pick-me-up. Here are some of our top picks for the best grab and go coffees.

Canned Coffee

Starbucks chilled coffee

Starbucks has three different types of chilled coffee and espresso. All offer a good amount of caffeine; particularly the Starbucks DoubleShot, a 6.5-ounce can of chilled espresso.

Starbucks DoubleShot: Low in fat and calories, this cool canned coffee is also high in energy and taste. One of the best choices for grab and go coffee, it actually tastes like a chilled rich espresso with just a touch of cream – much like the coffees that the Starbucks barristas make, but without the fuss of ordering and waiting in line. Two varieties are available: Espresso and Cream, and Espresso and Cream Light.

Nutrition info: Regular – 140 calories, 6 grams fat; Light – 70 calories, 4 grams fat.

Starbucks DoubleShot Energy plus Coffee: Available in four flavors, Energy plus Coffee is more than just a simple chilled coffee drink. It is actually packed with vitamins, minerals and protein. In addition to the caffeine, the coffee's B vitamins, ginseng, guarana and natural milk proteins will give you a tasty boost of energy. This 15-ounce canned coffee comes in four delicious flavors: Cinnamon Dulce, Vanilla, Coffee, and Mocha. The only complaint is a very slight metal taste from the can.

Nutrition info: Cinnamon Dulce – 200 calories, 3 grams fat; Mocha – 200 calories, 2.5 grams fat; Vanilla and Coffee –210 calories 2.5 grams fat.

Starbucks Frappuccino Beverage: Though this frap doesn't come straight off the Starbucks counter, it does taste similar to a freshly made iced coffee. The major thing missing, however, is the frothy, icy-thick texture of a blended coffee drink. This 9.5-ounce bottled coffee is also a bit low on the caffeine compared to other grab and go coffees. Six flavors are available: Dark Chocolate Mocha, Vanilla, Caramel, Coffee, Mocha, and Mocha Lite.

Nutrition info: Dark Chocolate Mocha – 190 calories, 3.5 grams fat; Vanilla, Caramel, and Coffee – 200 calories, 3 grams fat; Mocha – 180 calories, 3 grams fat; Mocha Lite –100 calories, 3 grams fat.

Illy Brand

The classic Italian espresso brand, Illy, has come out with a chilled espresso drink in a can. Illy is known for its amazing coffee and the company's canned drinks don't dissapoint.

Illy Issimo Caffe: This is a black version of iced coffee that has great flavor and is bold and full-bodied. This drink is straight coffee with a little sugar (yet it is not overly sweet). For the serious black coffee drinker, this is a terrific option. The 6.8-ounce can provides a modest amount of beverage and the coffee gives you a good boost of energy when you need a fast caffeine fix.

Nutrition info: 24 calories, 0.1 grams fat.

Illy Issimo Latte Macchiato: Another satisfying cold canned coffee, this option is more milk and less coffee. Perfect for times when you need a delicious drink to give you a little boost of energy. It is extremely smooth and tastes like a chilled coffee should.

Nutrition info: 44 calories, 1.3 grams fat.

Illy Issimo Cappuccino: This Italian-style cappuccino with coffee, milk and dark cocoa is the perfect pick-me-up any time of day. When chilled, it is a delightful caffeinated drink with a good amount of that famous Illy taste.

Nutrition info: 40 calories, 0.6 grams fat.

Pom Wonderful Brand

Renowned for high-antioxidant pomegranate juices and teas, POM Wonderful also makes cold coffee beverages with the same super health benefits.

Pom X Iced Coffee: Contrary to what you might think, the coffee-flavored Pom Wonderful does not taste like pomegranates. It actually tastes deliciously like coffee – and, as a bonus, it is healthy. These drinks are made with all organic products, including premium Italian-roasted Arabica beans, and have antioxidants built right in. Three flavors are available: Chocolate, Café au Lait, and Caramel.

Nutrition info: Chocolate – 190 calories, 0 grams fat; Café au Lait – 170 calories, 3 grams fat; Caramel – 170 calories, 0 grams fat.

Hillside Coffee Brand

What about those summer weekends when you go camping and wake up to unseasonally cold temperatures or chilly rain? A cold grab and go coffee isn't going to cut it. Good news: Hillside Coffee's line of instant hot lattes don't require electricity or even a camp stove. You simply push a button on the can and the self-heating element delivers a piping hot morning drink in 6 to 8 minutes. Tea and hot chocolate are also available.

Hillside Coffee: This self-heating 10-ounce can is perfect for camping trips, nonstop travel, or when you are super busy and don't even have time to brew a pot of coffee. The coffee does have a slight chemical aftertaste but if you're stuck in the wilderness or a vehicle with no electricity or don't even have a minute to spare, you'll find Hillside's coffee quite satisfactory. Flavors include: Mocha, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Double Shot.

Nutrition info: Mocha, Hazelnut, and Double Shot – 165 calories, 4 grams fat; French Vanilla — 170 calories, 4 grams fat.

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