Cold brew has been busily shedding its old look: moving from clear to-go cups to decorative cans and elegantly designed bottles, these carefully crafted drinks also tap a range of flavours from classic black to sparkling, flavoured and nitrogen-infused.Four Iced Coffee Hacks That Will Save You Money
Typically brewed in cool water overnight to extract the desired smooth, sweet flavours with minimum bitterness — the drink has been a mainstream hit for years, and big brands like Starbucks have rolled out new styles yearly, most recently moving to nitrogen taps that give each cup a layered, stout-like effect.
Since cold brew began gracing the counters of coffee shops across the country, there has also been a fast-growing market of ready-to-drink cans and bottled concentrates hitting the shelves. From artful cans you can order online, to the Canadian-made products available locally and coast to coast, here are 10 brews we’re eying up as the work-week gets underway:
Smooth and sweet, one of the latest offerings from Station Cold Brew Coffee Co. is a refreshingly light and coconutty way to beat the heat.
Victoria, B.C. coffee spot, Fernwood Coffee Co., sells their own blend of naturally sweet, crisp and carbonated (!) cold brew in-store and online.
Produced out of Toronto (in one of the largest cold brew coffee factories in North America) is a twice-filtered, on-the-go bottle that’s available in select provinces across Canada.
Two Bears Cold Brew Coffee Co. (based out of Toronto) shelves both this sweet and smooth original cold brew, as well as sweeter brews like Hazelnut Sea Salt, Maple Pecan, Mint Chocolate and Sweet Cacao. Available in 300 locations across Canada.
Rich and creamy
Toronto hotspot Pilot Coffee Roasters stocks a carefully canned brew, packaged in “the ideal cold brew serving size” so you can enjoy every last smooth and effervescent sip. Currently available across Ontario and in Montreal.
Blue Mountain Brew
“Bold, smooth and sweet,” Jamaica Blue Coffee Co.‘s cold brew (currently selling across B.C.) is steeped for over 24 hours before filtration, and packaged in both concentrate and ready-to-drink formats.
The Dark Horse
24-hour cold brew drip siphons produce this Toronto-favourite coffee shop’s to-go brew. Find it at Dark Horse Espresso Bars across Toronto.
Blackbird Cold Brew Coffee Co. in Calgary produces beautiful bottles of cold brewed java. “A smooth and flavourful taste, with even more caffeine than usual.” Sign us up!
Low Point Coffee Co. has spots around Nova Scotia retailing the locally made ready-to-drink brew. With with low acidity and notes of “chocolate, cherry and wine” this is another small-batch brew we’re dying to try.
If you prefer to get your caffeine fix with your own beans, try making your own cold brew concentrate at home. It’s incredibly simple: all you need is a sealable jar or container, ground coffee, water and a coffee filter. Watch how it’s done: