About two years ago I was introduced to coffee. Yeah, I know it sounds crazy, but I did not really like it so I never drank the stuff. But a friend of mine gave me a subscription to Four Barrel Coffee, and I was pretty much hooked from then on.
The taste was amazing, not bitter like the ones I had tasted before.
The recent craze here has been “cold brew” coffee, the advantage of which is that it’s super portable. I recently ran across one such coffee from a company called Java Junkie, based out of Texas. This company was birthed out of a guy’s desire to make coffee easy to carry for whenever and wherever you’d need a quick caffeine fix.
The thing that sets this brew apart is the flavor. When you cold brew a coffee, it removes up to 66% of the bitterness (acidity) in the coffee, which leaves a very smooth flavor behind.
When I tried it the first time, I mixed it to a 1:1 ratio: 8oz of hot water to 8oz of Java Junkie. Big mistake—way too strong!
But failed experiment aside, being able to choose your own ratio is great for a couple of reasons:
1. You can adjust the strength and taste based off of how you like it.
2. You are getting more for your money: you only have to do about 4oz of Java Junkie if you want a 12oz coffee.
So how buzzed will this coffee make you? The cold brew technique results in in approximately the same caffeine content as a shot of espresso (65mg/oz), so you are not getting gypped in that area. Because lets face it, that’s why most of us are drinking coffee anyway.
At the end of the day, the questions are:
• Is it worth it?
o Yes, it’s worth it for sure! The coffee is better than a Keurig, and it is more convenient—just add to hot water and go.
o The taste is great, and you can choose the strength based off of the individual. If you are brewing a cup of coffee, it is what it is. You can’t change that.
• Would I recommend it?
o For sure. It’s a great coffee and I love supporting new business owner, epically when the product is as good as this one.
You can learn more about, or even purchase, Java Junkie here. Don’t take my word for it—head over there and get a bottle to try it for yourself.
QUESTION: What is your favorite brand of Cold Brew Coffee?
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