The 12 Best Cold Brew Coffee Concentrates and Cans to Get Your Caffeine Fix at Home – PureWow

We’re all about hitting the snooze button, so naturally we’re obsessed with at-home cold brew. It lets us skip the trip to the coffee shop (and the line) and make our own barista-worthy brew in the comfort of our own kitchen. But you don’t have to make your own from scratch or panic in the refrigerated aisle at the store at all the options. We’ve already rounded up the best cold brew coffee options, just for you.

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An aside for the newbies: What’s cold brew and how is it different from iced coffee?

Iced coffee is simply coffee that’s brewed hot, chilled and poured over ice. Cold brew, as the same implies, is brewed cold. It’s made by steeping ground coffee in cool or room temperature water for 12-plus hours. The grounds are then filtered out, and the resulting liquid is a cold brew coffee concentrate. From there, water is added—often a 50:50 mix, but you can adjust it based on your tastes—so it isn’t too intense. You can use a French press to make it at home, but serious cold brew drinks might want to consider investing in a cold brew maker.

Our criteria:

We rated each cold brew coffee on five categories:

  • Value: Is it worth the money?
  • Flavor: Does it taste good?
  • Convenience: Is it ready to drink or does it require dilution, and if so, is the recipe easy to make when you’re half-asleep?
  • Smoothness: Is it harsh and bitter or easy drinking?
  • Strength: Does it taste more like jet fuel or water?
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The Best Cold Brew Coffee Concentrates at a Glance:

  1. Best Overall Cold Brew: Grady’s NOLA Cold Brew Concentrate
  2. Best Concentrate: Jot Ultra Coffee
  3. Best Grocery Store Find: Califia Farms Concentrated Cold Brew
  4. Best Value: Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
  5. Best Splurge: Café Grumpy Cold Brew
  6. Best for Starbucks Lovers: Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
  7. Best Large Format Cold Brew: Wandering Bear Extra Strong Cold Brew
  8. Best Nitro Cold Brew: Rise Brewing Co. Original Black Nitro Cold Brew
  9. Best Cold Brew Latte: La Colombe Triple Shot Draft Latte
  10. Best Flavored Cold Brew: High Brew Cold Brew Coffee Mexican Vanilla
  11. Best Cold Brew with Milk: Stumptown Original Cold Brew with Cream & Sugar
  12. Best Cold Brew with Non-Dairy Milk: Intelligentsia Oat Latte

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best cold brew coffee gradys nola style cold brew concentrate

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1. Grady’s NOLA Cold Brew Concentrate

Best Overall Cold Brew Coffee

  • Value: 19/20
  • Flavor: 20/20
  • Convenience: 18/20
  • Smoothness: 20/20
  • Strength: 18/20
  • Total: 95/100

Grady’s cold brew is a New Orleans-style concentrate, which means it’s brewed with chicory. This gives it a natural, subtle sweet flavor—that, plus the creamy texture and chocolate and caramel notes makes it our favorite cold brew coffee overall. It’s strong but not too strong, easy to dilute with water or milk in equal parts and tastes slightly sweet without any sugar. The NYC-based brand is available to buy online, and while $60 for six 32-ounce bottles isn’t the cheapest option, it’s not the most expensive either.

Pros

  • Strong but not too strong
  • Equal-parts dilution
  • Sweet without sugar
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Cons

  • More expensive than other options

Buy it ($60)

best cold brew coffee jot ultra coffee concentrate

Jot

2. Jot Original Ultra Coffee

Best Cold Brew Concentrate

  • Value: 17/20
  • Flavor: 19/20
  • Convenience: 19/20
  • Smoothness: 17/20
  • Strength: 20/20
  • Total: 92/100

Depending on the brewing process and packaging, some cold brew is naturally concentrated and super strong, while others are already diluted and ready to drink. For a serious coffee buzz, Jot is specially brewed to extract the most flavor possible. (According to the brand, it’s 20 times more concentrated than traditional coffee.) You only need a tablespoon per eight ounces of water, and the taste is flavorful without being overly bitter.

Pros

  • Smooth but not bland
  • Easy to dilute
  • One bottle makes 14 cups of coffee

Cons

  • Not widely available
  • May be too strong for some palates

Buy it ($24)

best cold brew coffee Intelligentsia Oat Latte

Intelligentsia

Best Cold Brew with Non-Dairy Milk

Best Cold Brew with Non-Dairy Milk

  • Value: 16/20
  • Flavor: 17/20
  • Convenience: 20/20
  • Smoothness: 19/20
  • Strength: 18/20
  • Total: 90/100

We love cold brew and we’re suckers for Oatly oat milk, so TBH, Intelligentsia’s oat latte was an easy sell. But with notes of milk chocolate, molasses and sugar cookie, how could we say no? This cold brew has the added benefit of being shelf-stable, so you can stock your pantry with backups when the fridge is full (or hide them from your roommates). Our only complaint is that we wish it was slightly less sweet.

Pros

  • Dairy-free and made with Oatly oat milk
  • Shelf-stable

Cons

  • Very sweet

Buy it ($48)

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This article firstly appeared here, and it was syndicated on our website on the Cold Brew Coffee section.

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