Cold brew's dirty secret is that sometimes you get beans that were in a "large roaster's garbage disposal." It's definitely not beans from one single farm. Bottom line: you don't exactly know what you're drinking. With this, you know exactly what you're getting, a smooth, delicious, single-source coffee from Villa Myriam's grandpa's farm. And it's in an adorable can that's enhanced wonderfully by nitro.
A 9-pack of 8oz cans for $28 + $6 shipping is a steal if you're a coffee nerd. Or you can move to ABQ, where it's readily available, which is also not a horrible idea. You can make cold brew at home all you want (and we do!), but you can't replicate that Guinness-like creaminess. You need a can or a nitro tap in your house. Also, if you have that tap in your house, I'd like to swing by tomorrow morning for a cup.
This organic cold brew smells different right out of the gate -- hazelnut, peanuts, nutmeg, and chocolate notes all fight for your nose's attention. When I was in the Bay Area a few weeks back, the Oakland-based company always had a line at one of its stores. It's not surprising, the stuff was damn good. Blue Bottle has lately been shipping its popular chicory and sugar-filled New Orleans-style iced coffee to select cities (check a Whole Foods near you).
But this rundown is of the best black cold brew coffee, so when I popped the top of its miniature 8oz can, I was expecting some of the best cold brew in the country. And that's what Blue Bottle delivered. A smooth, rich sip of black coffee, with nary a bitter aftertaste. It's also expensive (don't expect to pay less than $4-5), but quality is rarely cheap in the coffee game. And I didn't even knock them to #2 on the basis of price. There's just a better cold brew coffee out there.