Trader Joe’s Ready to Drink Cold Brew Coffee {A Nice but EXPENSIVE Beverage}

Trader Joe's Ready to Drink Cold Brewed Coffee Review
Trader Joe's Ready to Drink Cold Brew Coffee

Product Name: Trader Joe's Ready to Drink Cold Brewed Coffee

Product Description: 32 ounce bottle of ready to drink cold brew coffee.

Brand: Trader Joe's

Offer price: 4.99

Currency: USD

  • Overall Flavor
  • Convivence
  • Value
3.5

Summary

Trader Joe’s Ready to Drink Cold Brew Coffee is a refreshing drink that I enjoy.  I appreciate that this is a full flavored, non watered down drink that is much better than my lame attempts at iced coffee.

The product is highly enjoyable but priced at a significant premium compared to Starbucks.

Pros

Great Flavor

Cons

Expensive

Trader Joe’s Ready to Drink Cold Brew Coffee is a refreshing afternoon beverage that I like to have instead of iced tea.  I was hesitant to jump on the “Cold Brew” bandwagon but this coffee got me fully on board!

Keep reading to see if this coffee is right for you!

Trader Joe's Ready to Drink Cold Brew Coffee

What is Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping ground coffee beans in cold water for 12 hours.  After 12 hours the water is filtered to produce a ready to drink cold brew.

The steeping in cold water extracts the key coffee flavors and caffeine from the beans but leaves behind many of the acidic compounds that get released when coffee is brewed with hot water.

The resulting drink is touted as being less bitter, smoother and sweeter than hot brewed coffee.  The fact that cold brewed coffee has fewer acidic compounds has led to the suggestion that it is better for people with sensitive digestive systems than hot brewed coffee.  While I have seen this claim made in several places I have not seen any supporting clinical data.

Cold Brew Process

 

How Does the Ready To Drink Cold Brewed Coffee Taste?

Not to be overly simple, but the cold brew tastes like a cold cup of coffee.  The coffee is tasty but I really didn’t notice that it was smoother, sweeter or less bitter than a cup of hot brewed coffee.

What I do appreciate about this drink is that is not watered down.  My old way of making iced coffee was to brew a cup with hot water and then pour it into a glass with ice.   The hot coffee would melt a lot of the ice resulting in a watery drink.

Sure, I could have made iced coffee by putting some hot brewed coffee in the refrigerator, etc but that is the sort of thing that I don’t make the time for.

Cold Brew Coffee on Ice

One of the times I really enjoy having a big glass of this cold brewed coffee is after a hard workout.  The cold crispness is refreshing and the caffeine jolt is appreciated!

Are You Getting a Deal at Trader Joe’s?

This 32 ounce bottle of cold brew cost me $4.99 which works out to a cost of $0.15 per ounce.

You can get a 48 ounce bottle of Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee at Walmart for $4.78 which works out to a cost of  $0.10 per ounce.

It looks like you are paying about a 50% premium for the Trader Joe’s brand compared to Starbucks and typically everything with a Starbucks label is already seriously overpriced.

So, while this is a tasty drink, you certainly are not getting a deal at Trader Joe’s.

Price of cold brew coffee at Trader Joe's

I like this coffee better than Trader Joe’s coffee pods but might start making my own cold brew at home to save a buck or two.

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