8 New Cold-Brew Options

The cold brew beverage space has evolved over the past two years. Harkening back to early 2019, the Convenience Store Products new products repository witnessed such new offerings as Madrinas Organic Cold Brew Coffee and Stok Oatmilk Latte. These days, new options encompass tea-infused cold brew, hybrid flavor fusion, hemp-derived formulations and several containing alcohol.

One good example is Bomani Cold Buzz, a California brand that fuses coffee and alcohol.

“We realized early on there was a strong consumer demand for a beverage that combined high-quality, gluten-free alcohol and naturally occurring caffeine,” says Sam Madani, co-founder and CEO. “Frustrated that we were forced to pick between high-calorie espresso martinis or shots chased with synthetic energy drinks, we saw a gap in the market for a zero sugar, zero carb, delicious, convenient alternative, so we created Bomani.”

In September 2019, the debut of La Colombe Hard Cold Brew Coffee (4.2% ABV) emanated from a partnership between La Colombe Coffee Roasters and MillerCoors LLC (now Molson Coors).

“La Colombe brings deep expertise in the category. Their focus on quality sourcing, roasting and innovation made them the perfect partner,” Sofia Colucci, vice president of innovation at Molson Coors, said. The company promotes La Colombe Hard Cold Brew Coffee with the clearly youth-targeted slogan of “Rally like a grown-up.”

Broadly, the ready-to-drink tea and coffee segment, which folds in packaged cold brew, grew just 0.3% for the year while units stumbled 4.3%, according to Chicago-based IRI data reflecting c-store channel activity for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 29, 2019.

Click through for a snapshot of eight cold brew varieties that have rolled out recently.

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1. Trident Coffee Roasters

Boasting a small-batch, in-house-roasted flavor delivery, Trident Craft Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Trident Coffee Roasters LLC is a directly sourced, single-estate Brazilian specialty coffee that’s crafted to accentuate its low acidity, and bold chocolate and caramel flavor profiles, according to the company. Debuting in March, Trident Craft Nitro Cold Brew Coffee is packaged in 12-ounce nitro cold-brew cans.

Photograph courtesy of Trident Coffee Roasters LLC

2. Danone North America

Stok from Danone North America extended its brand in late February with the launch of Stok Fueled Creamers and Stok Fueled Cold Brew Ready-to-Drink Unsweet Coffee, the latter containing 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil, fat from butter and no added sugars. The keto-friendly coffee option is available in 48-ounce, multiserve bottles for an SRP of $5.49. Stok Fueled Creamers contain 5 grams of both protein and MCT oil per serving—available in 16-ounce bottles in Original, Vanilla and Unsweet flavors for an SRP of $3.99.

Photograph courtesy of Danone North America

3. Ocean Spray

A first-of-its-kind drink that blends real fruit juice with cold brew coffee, Ocean Spray Brew, launched in January, combines the attributes of health and energy with 100% Columbian coffee. Each 8-ounce serving of Ocean Spray Brew contains 40 milligrams of naturally sourced caffeine from green coffee beans, equal to one half-cup of coffee. The brew also contains antioxidant vitamin C, as well as vitamin B and real fruit juice, with no added sugar, no preservatives and no artificial flavors or colors. Two initial flavors include Cranberry Lemonade with Cold Brew Coffee and Cranberry Blueberry with Cold Brew Coffee.

Photograph courtesy of Ocean Spray

4. Bomani Cold Buzz

Bomani Cold Buzz is a cold-brew coffee libation formulated with ethically sourced 100% Arabica coffee beans, according to the company. The premium beverage clocks in at 110 calories with 5.7% ABV, and is sugar-, carb- and dairy-free, plus non-GMO, vegan and Kosher. SRP is $3.99 per 12-ounce can and $13.99 per four-pack.

Photograph courtesy of Bomani Cold Buzz

5. Ronnoco

Coffee

In partnership with Java House Cold Brew Coffee, Ronnoco offers ready-to-drink cold-brew coffee in 10-ounce single-serve bottles. Four varieties are available: Frappe Mocha, Pure Black Colombian, Lightly Sweet Vanilla and Lightly Sweet Salted Caramel. The coffee is steeped for 12 hours in handcrafted small batches by brew masters. Java House Cold Brew Coffee contains no preservatives, coffee additives, coffee derivatives or reconstituted coffee.

Photograph courtesy of Ronnoco

6. Red Diamond

Tea

In October, Red Diamond Coffee & Tea added a ready-to-drink tea to its portfolio in Fortify Premium Cold Brew Tea. Providing a natural boost of energy with ingredients such as antioxidants and vitamins, Fortify Premium Cold Brew Tea is available in 16-ounce bottles and 12-count cases in three flavors: Green Tea With Lemon, Ginger and Mint; Green Tea With Hibiscus and Cranberry; and Black Tea With Mango and Peach.

Photograph courtesy of Red Diamond

7. La Colombe

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In fall 2019, MillerCoors LLC (now Molson Coors) and La Colombe Coffee Roasters debuted La Colombe Hard Cold Brew Coffee, a ready-to-drink cold brew with a 4.2% ABV. Made from medium-roasted Colombian and Brazilian cold-brew coffee, alcohol and cane sugar, the new variety is available in a 4-pack of 9-ounce cans and single-serve 9-ounce cans. Two flavors are available: Black and Vanilla.

Photograph courtesy of La Colombe

8. Forest Coffee Trading

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Representing the hemp-derived cold-brew sector is CBD Cold Brew, launched from a partnership between Evo Hemp and direct-trade coffee roasting supplier Forest Coffee Trading. The beverage is made with coffee beans from a producer in Thailand and contains 15 milligrams of Native American-grown Evo Hemp CBD extract. It comes in 12-ounce bottles and cases of 12 for an SRP of $60.

Photograph courtesy of Forest Coffee Trading