Coffee Talk | Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

IMG_3005Our local Trader Joe’s (the Oak Park location) put their new Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate on the shelves last week and sold out instantly. I guess this shouldn’t be surprising, since cold brew is the latest craze in coffee brewing right now. Nonetheless, I was mad at Naoto for not snagging some up sooner. When it arrived again in the store shipment a few days later, Naoto pulled a couple of bottles for me. (One of the many, many perks of being married to a TJs guy.)

Last week, I was hitting the afternoon slump–the time of the day when, if I look at the napping cat for too long, I tend to join her. Instead, I pulled the concentrate out of the fridge with high hopes.

It’s good. Very good.

The bottle recommends one part concentrate to two parts water or milk. I like my iced coffees with cream (hot coffee is to be drunk black, unless it’s Dunkin Donuts!), so this is what I mixed up:

2 oz Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

3.5 oz water

0.5 oz cream

splash of simple syrup

Serve over ice.

Lately I’ve been too lazy (seriously, so lazy) to make simple syrup, so I’ve been substituting with agave syrup. It’s surprisingly good!

I’ve been drinking iced coffees in the mornings and in the afternoons thanks to the conveniently chilled bottle in the fridge. And at $7.99, it’s done wonders for our coffee budget (which includes constant trips to Panera, Dunkin Donuts and Caribou throughout the week!) And it’s made us curious to try making cold brew of our own…one of these days!

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7 thoughts on “Coffee Talk | Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

  1. Cold brewing is SO easy that you’ll kick yourself once you do it for not having done it sooner. I use my French press for it, but you don’t even have to do that. If you haven’t a French press, just put your coffee grinds and cold water in a jar together, shake it up, and stick it in the fridge for four or more hours (I leave mine overnight to have coffee in the morning). When you’re ready to drink it, use a rubber band to hold a coffee filter over the mouth, and then pour the iced coffee through it. Easy peasy!

    Not that I’m NOT going to try this coffee concentrate deliciousness, though. I get lazy.

    • kimberly ah says:

      OK…that’s just too easy…and we do have a French Press…We are seriously so lazy, buying our coffee every day.

      But YES, give this a try…it’s really mellow, but it really packs the caffeine!

  2. brittany says:

    You can buy the proper brewing system for cheap. Just google it .Toddy sells the most affordable. This is supposed to be at least a 12 hour brewing process, with an additional “dripping into the jar” time. The point of it being brewed this way is so that a good amount of the acidity is taken out of the coffee and doesn’t upset your stomach as easily, but you still get a nice, strong, smooth flavor.

  3. Camille says:

    I love this stuff! It’s a lifesaver on busy mornings and is so smooth. Mix mine one part coffee, one part water, one part milk with a splash of pumpkin spice syrup, yum!! Perfect for the days when I forget to make my own cold brew the night before, ooops

    Wrote a post on my blog about it as well ๐Ÿ™‚
    http://thift.blogspot.com/2013/08/lifesaver-trader-joes-cold-brew-coffee.html

  4. danielle says:

    Yes, it really is so easy to make and so delicious. I will start doing this again in the summer as well as sun tea.

  5. guss says:

    I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I do love this stuff. I straight up mix this stuff with milk, no water. I probably do about a 1 to 5 ratio.

    1.5 oz coffee concentrate
    7.5 oz whole milk
    0.5 – 1 tsp Torani vanilla or hazelnut sugar free syrup.

    I also like it cold.

    Anyone happen to know what the amount of caffeine content in the concentrate is?

    • kimberly ah says:

      Yum…that sounds rich and dreamy! I don’t know about the caffeine content, but when I drink the concentrate coffee, it definitely feels like more. I’m going to ask next time I go into my local TJs.

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