The Top 10 Cold Brews Of 2013

I don’t drink craft beers. I’m straight edge. I don’t drink tea. I can’t stand the taste. But I love coffee and novelty beverages. To me, cold brew coffee began in the novelty beverage department. I’d been a diehard espresso drink (with soy) for years when I stumbled across cold brew a year or two back. But this was the year that the dam broke open. This was the year the cold brew really made a splash in the US. So without further ado (and yes, I know this isn’t exactly your typical vegan fare, I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I do), here’s the top 10 homemade brews and bottled cold brews.

Homemade Cold Brew

First, my setups. I have two current methods currently. I have a Toddy system and a Hario Mizudashi system (not even sure if that’s the manufacturer or the system name. All the directions are in Japanese). When I get the beans ground by a pro, I use the toddy. When I want a smaller batch, or a fresh grind, I use my burr grinder and the Hario. Now the list.

  1. Birch Coffee Cold Brew – This was seriously delicious. The best I had all year, hands down.
  2. Stumptown Hair Bender
  3. Reanimator Indonesia
  4. Green Street Coffee Roasters Mexicat
  5. Sightglass Banner Dark
  6. Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend – don’t laugh. This makes an amazing cold brew in the Toddy
  7. Gracenote Kenya Githemebe
  8. Karma Coffee Ethiopian Sidamo
  9. Trader Joe’s Ltd Peaberry From Ethiopia – again, don’t scoff. Coffee snobs can hang with this one too

Bottled or Prepared Cold Brew

  1. Slingshot Cold Brew
  2. La Colombe Pure Black
  3. Chameleon Coffee – Original Cold-Brew
  4. Stumptown Stubby
  5. Grady’s Cold Brew
  6. Coffee By Design Rebel Brew – traditional cold brew. Straight out of Portland! Maine, that is. Love this shop, love these beans. Tasty, rich brew.
  7. George Howell Coffee – La Bella from Guatemala
  8. Haute Coffee Burundi – hot bloom
  9. Secret Squirrel Cold Brew. I wasn’t actually over the moon over this product. Maybe my batch was stale, I don’t know. But it didn’t floor me. It was rather flat.

Bottles & Roasters I will Track Down in 2014

  1. Chilmark Coffee Cold Brew. Only problem? You can only buy it on Martha’s Vineyard. Looks like I’ll need to take a ferry ride soon.
  2. Gorilla Coffee Cold Brew tetrapack
  3. Barefoot Coffee Roasters Cold Brew
  4. Timeless Coffee – You will be mine!

2 comments for “The Top 10 Cold Brews Of 2013

  1. Michael
    January 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

    this is an honest question, if someone is straightedge, then wouldn’t caffeine be considered a stimulant? if you are staying clear of even things like aspirin, then i feel caffeine shouldn’t’ be exempt as a mind altering substance, even thought the altering is minimum to unnoticeable in most cases.

    • @isitvegan
      January 16, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Straight edge, to me, is about making rational, clear minded choices. Caffeine does not cloud my vision, nor fog my mind. Neither does aspirin.

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