Best Cold Brew Concentrate to Try, from Stumptown to Starbucks


Unlike most other coffee drinks, cold brew coffee cannot be prepared in a few minutes. That’s why coffee fanatics are ready to hit the cafe early enough to make sure the coffee doesn’t run out of cold brew, and why they’ll gladly pay a premium for the right things. If you want to do it at home, however, it can be difficult to remember to do it a whole day in advance when you probably have a lot of other things to think about. That’s why cold brew concentrate is a great option for busy, budget conscious people. Coffee lover.

Cold Brew Concentrate is simply a cold brew that is brewed at double or triple (or sometimes more) strength. You are then supposed to dilute it with water or mix it with your favorite cream, like almond milk, oat milk, or good old-fashioned milk pudding. Some Java junkies will also spill the concentrate, although that is probably too strong for the average coffee drinker.

The great thing about cold brew concentrate is that it won’t take up as much space in your fridge as a ready-to-drink cold brew bottle. It’s also better for your wallet and the environment, as you pay less for water to ship to you, which translates to less packaging, less energy wasted in shipping, and more coffee. You might get sticker shock looking at the cost of an average bottle of cold brew concentrate, but it’s important to remember that you’re getting at least double what is in the bottle.

There are tons of options, and here are a few of our favorites.

1. Cold brew of Stumptown coffee concentrate

Portland-based Stumptown Coffee is one of the early leaders of the ‘third wave’ coffee movement, which is the talk of coffee nerds for specialty coffees that have followed big chains like Starbucks and Peet’s (now Stumptown actually belongs to Peet’s). Their cold brew concentrate is bold and strong, with a unique but not at all unpleasant aftertaste. This concentrate comes in a 25 oz bottle and is designed to be diluted 1: 1 with water for easy mixing.

cold brew concentrate

cold brew concentrate


Buy:

Stumptown cold brew coffee

$ 12.69

2. Chameleon cold brew black coffee

Chameleon sells whole bean coffee, canned coffee drinks like lattes, and a variety of other products. But they’re best known for their cold brew concentrate, for the simple reason that it’s just plain good. It’s also easy to get at a wide variety of stores, making it easy to stock up. Their cold brew is actually less concentrated than the others – they recommend a two to one ratio of concentrate to water (which means two parts coffee, one part water). This cold infused concentrate is certified organic.

cold brew concentrate

cold brew concentrate


Buy:

Chameleon cold brew coffee

$ 10.99

3. Lucky Jack organic concentrated coffee

Why Lucky Jack has a pirate thing with his brand and its packaging isn’t immediately clear, but what’s clear is how good their coffee is. They specialize in cold brew and cold nitro brew, and they also offer this concentrate. Their coffee is smooth, rich and not too expensive. This cold brew concentrate comes in a 32oz bottle and is easy to mix in a 1: 1 ratio. It is also USDA organic.

cold brew concentrate

cold brew concentrate


Buy:

Lucky Jack cold brew coffee

$ 12.99

4. La Colombe cold infusion concentrate

La Colombe is the kind of small-large roaster that maintains a high quality of coffee but is also easy to obtain in department stores. This cold brew concentrate is made from uniquely sourced Brazilian coffee beans, giving it a more distinct taste than homemade blends. Each bottle is 32 oz and is extra concentrated – they recommend a 3: 1 ratio.

cold brew concentrate

cold brew concentrate


Buy:

La Colombe cold brew coffee

$ 28.00

5. Jot Ultra Café

Cold brew concentrate usually comes in a 1: 1 or 2: 1 ratio, but Iota brews their extra strong coffee, so you only need a little of it. Specifically, they recommend only one tablespoon per 8 ounces. It’s not just for iced coffee either. You can also add hot water. Technically, Jot is less specifically a cold brew concentrate and more of a category on its own, but it’s a great starting point for brewing iced coffee.

cold brew concentrate

cold brew concentrate


Buy:

Jot cold brew coffee

$ 24.00

6. Javy Coffee Microdose 30X Liquid Coffee Concentrate

Javy’s coffee is a huge 30X concentrate, which means a little goes a long way. They recommend one to two teaspoons for your coffee. Like Jot, Javy can be brewed for hot or cold coffee drinks, but it’s a great option for brewing a cold brew.

cold brew concentrate

cold brew concentrate

Buy: Javy Cold Brew Coffee $ 21.95

7. Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate Black

Starbucks isn’t for everyone, but there’s a reason it’s as popular as it is: it’s affordable, reliable, and overall pretty good. This cold brew concentrate comes in a 32oz bottle and is designed to be blended in a 1: 1 ratio for a smooth taste.

cold brew concentrate ch

cold brew concentrate ch


Buy:

Starbucks Brewed Coffee

$ 9.49

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