Cold Brew Coffee for Coffee Geeks, Coffee Snobs and Coffee Lovers
Cold Brew Coffee is a new concept for me. Not that I haven’t heard of it because it’s been around for awhile. It’s just that the concept had me a little skeptical.
I consider myself a bit of a coffee snob. I wasn’t always that way, but after living in Europe for several years and being introduced to a really good, rich tasting cup of coffee at some of the best coffee houses in cities like Munich, Vienna and Verona that pride themselves in brewing the best coffees, I developed what I consider a coffee snob attitude. In fact, to this day, I sometimes judge the quality of a restaurant by their coffee. So let it be known that I like my coffee, so don’t screw it up!
Being asked to try a cold brew was a little daunting to say the least. Granted, not as daunting as being asked to review an instant coffee, which ended up being very good, by the way. But here I am “stepping out of the box” once again for a “new” coffee.
I took this challenge on because I read that two coffee geeks, Chris Campbell and Steve Williams, appeared to have a love for a good cup of coffee like me. I also considered the challenge because this coffee company, Chameleon Cold-Brew, is in Austin, TX, a city that prides itself on being cutting edge when it comes to healthy, organic, better for me and the environment products. So I felt this coffee might not just taste good, but there was probably a pretty good chance that it would also be about quality beans, fair trade practices, sustainably grown plants and preserving the environment.
Well, I wasn’t wrong about Chameleon Cold Brew coffee setting high standards for their conscious approach to bean sourcing, because they do all the things mentioned above and more.
Now let’s see if they really do “go to great lengths to ensure that every drop of their cold brew coffee is the very best I’ll ever taste”.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised. First I tried their newest flavor, Texas Pecan. What’s more Texas than pecans, right. (If you don’t already know this, the Texas State Tree is the Pecan Tree.) Imagine this iconic flavor in cold-brew form. It really can’t get any better than this using only 100% organic, Fair Trade Arabica beans and Texas Hill Country limestone cured water. Chameleon’s proprietary brewing process carefully controls temperatures for more than 16 hours and then slowly air-roasts the beans on-site ensuring their are no burned beans. The pecan flavor of this smooth coffee was nutty and luscious. And because cold brewing makes the coffee less acidic and nicely caffeinated, it can be enjoyed hot or cold, with milk, sugar or even a shot of your favorite spirit.The Pecan Chameleon Cold-Brew concentrate comes in 16 oz or 32 oz. glass bottles which you can drink straight up or diluted.
You can get their award winning flavors in ready to drink 10 oz bottles for an on-the-go jolt. I tried their on-the-go Espresso, Black, Mexican and Vanilla flavors and I liked them all. I tried all flavors cold because it’s hot in Texas right now and I love my coffee cold when it’s hot outside. Both straight up or with some cream, I loved them. When asked which one was my favorite I would have to say the Mexican flavor. I’m a sucker for cinnamon for both taste and health benefits.
An added note, all their glass bottles are recyclable – Austin remember!
So this Chameleon Cold Brew coffee comes highly recommended from this coffee snob.
Here is a recipe using their newest Chameleon Pecan Concentrate:
1 ½ oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. pineapple juice
1 ½ oz. Chameleon Pecan Concentrate
1 barspoon Amaretto
Shake and serve in a Collins glass, garnish with a pineapple leaf and lemon wheel
Where to purchase:
Chameleon Cold-Brew is available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, select SuperTargets and Target outlets, Meijer, Dierberg’s and Sheetz.
Chameleon Cold-Brew is also available via online grocery delivery services Fresh Direct and Amazon Fresh in the Northeast.
**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.