While we first took a look at Peet’s Cold Brew back in Summer 2016, the company recently made some tweaks to the brand. In May, the company, which also announced a new “Coldcraft” unit to focus on cold-brew, has updated both the packaging and the flavor set.
Switchel, which is, at least in the case of Cide Road, a beverage that features water, vinegar, and maple syrup, is something that has in recent years gained attention as an up and coming beverage category. However, it has yet to crack the mainstream. With Spritzel, Cide Road is clearly hoping to change that.
Made in San Diego, Calif. in small batches, Preston’s Ginger Beer is one of the best-tasting ginger beers that we’ve sampled in a while. The recipe, which is based on a 100-year-old South African recipe that was handed down from the founder’s grandmother, is potent, but balanced.
Made in Brooklyn, N.Y., Keepers Citrus Coffee Soda is a product that is attempting to deliver a flavor profile that’s brighter and more refreshing than a standard coffee.
ZUMO Juice is a line of pasteurized juice beverages that are produced in Spain and made with locally sourced ingredients, including purified Mediterranean seawater.
Austin, Texas-based HeyDay is an upstart line of cold-brewed coffee drinks that appears to be aiming directly for the mainstream. The brand also has the calorie-conscious consumer in mind, with four flavor varieties that range from 15-80 calories per 12 oz. can.
Planet Fuel is a line of non-carbonated organic juice beverages that were created with the tween and teen consumer in mind. The aim is to offer something that is an alternative to the bevy of unhealthy and uncool beverages that target this age demographic. Did it succeed?
As a category, coconut milk hasn’t been the most exciting dairy alternative option out there, at least in part due to the category having a plethora of off-tasting and poorly branded products. From our perspective, Vita Coco's product is leaps ahead of just about everything that it competes with.
When we first met Caribé juices back in 2015, the company was focused on positioning their products as “Exotic” juices. While this copy still remains, it’s much smaller, and flavor profiles have evolved and been repositioned.
For Grown Ass People is a single SKU line of ready-to-drink cold brew coffee that’s made using a 24-hour steeping process. While the liquid itself is enjoyable, there isn’t really a meaningful differentiation between this product’s liquid and other well-brewed small batch cold brews that we’ve sampled.
Hello Water is a line of naturally sweetened flavored waters that contain added fiber. On the surface, this sounds pretty straightforward. However, each flavor is named with a verb: “Smile” for Mixed Berry, “Laugh” for Lemon Lime, and “Love” for Cucumber Lime, which we feel is a bit of a distraction.
Seeing “nitro” and “coffee” in on the front of the bottle, we were expecting something that was pretty typical of that particular category. But that’s far from the case.
Born from experimentation at their cafes, Stumptown’s latest effort is, at least in our opinion, its most innovative and audacious offering to date. On the surface, the concept of blending carbonation with cold brew might not sound that exciting, but what it has created is much more interesting.
Unlike Monfefo's ginger shot, this product is not spicy or, at least compared with a straight turmeric shot, as intense in its flavor profile.