Need an energy boost but there’s no time to brew a cup of joe? Keep ready-to-drink cold brew coffee in your fridge for an easy pick-me-up.
Different from iced coffee (which is brewed hot and served cold), cold brew coffee is made from ground coffee beans that are steeped in cold water for at least 12 hours. It’s never exposed to heat, but instead uses time to extract the flavor, caffeine and oils from the beans. The result is a smoother, less acidic and less bitter taste than iced coffee. Plus, because the coffee-to-water ratio is usually higher than in traditional hot coffee brewing, the caffeine content in cold brew concentrate is usually much higher. Many cold brew concentrates are diluted with water or milk, however, so the final caffeine content of your cold brew beverage may be about the same as a hot-brewed cup of coffee.
For anyone looking for an easy jolt, ready-to-drink cold brew coffee is a convenient option. Whether you’re in a rush in the morning, didn’t have time to cold-steep your own the night before, or need a boost of energy later in the day, these bottles and cans of ready-to-drink cold brew coffee could be just what you need in your fridge.
We’ve rounded up the best options to shop for below. You can pour them over ice, or enjoy them straight from the bottle or can. Cheers!
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1. FORTO Coffee Shots
These ready-to-drink coffee shots pack the energy of 2 full cups of coffee (200 mg of caffeine) into a 2-ounce shot. It’s made using more beans, brewed longer than regular coffee, for a smooth-tasting cold brew. Made with Fair-Trade Arabica coffee beans sourced from family-owned farms in Colombia — with just a touch of organic farm-fresh milk and cane sugar — just open the leak-proof 2-ounce bottle and drink it straight anytime you need an energy boost.
2. RISE Brewing Co. Original Black Nitro Cold Brew Coffee
This cold brew is made with purified water and organic Peruvian beans — that’s it! — for a rich, strong, almost chocolatey taste. The company’s proprietary process infuses its cold brew with nitrogen (as opposed to carbonation) to give it a thick, creamy head, similar to nitro draught beer like Guinness. The widget can delivers a signature “whoosh” when you open it, but it’s what’s inside that really counts: nitro cold brew that’s velvety and rich. With 180 mg of naturally occurring caffeine, this cold brew is sugar-free, dairy-free and 0 calories.
3. Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee
Starting with a premium blend of beans specially selected to brew without heat, this cold brew is brewed and steeped cold. The result is an unsweetened black coffee that’s smooth with subtle cocoa notes and balanced flavors. Also available in Black Sweetened, Vanilla Fig & Cream, and Cocoa & Honey with Cream, this 6-pack of 11-ounce glass bottles with twist-on tops are perfect for enjoying at home, work or on the go.
4. High Brew Coffee Double Espresso Can
This flavorful cold brew is coffee forward, with just a splash of milk and a touch of sugar. Contained in a palm-sized can, the cold-brewing of 100% Arabica beans gives them a smoother, bolder, naturally sweeter flavor than other coffee brewing techniques. Bonus: the company purchases Direct Trade coffee beans, which helps the farmers achieve greater profitability with less environmental impact on our planet.
5. Wandering Bear Extra Strong Organic Cold Brew Coffee
There are only 2 ingredients in this cold brew: organic Arabica coffee beans and filtered water. You won’t have to read the label closely like you would with other products. Each cup has 2 espresso shots worth of coffee, so definitely a pick-me-up, whether you have it in the morning or afternoon. It can be drank at room temperature or cold. There are 5 glasses per carton.