Several years ago, I wrote a not-so-glowing review of Blue Bottle Coffee's New Orleans Style Iced Coffee. At the end of the review I wrote that one day, I would maybe give it another chance.
Well, I must have meant what I said, because today is that day.
I picked up another small carton of Blue Bottle's New Orleans Style Iced Coffee with a delivery from Spoon Rocket, and my experience was completely different this time around.
Do tastebuds really evolve this rapidly? Or did Blue Bottle change up the recipe over the years?
I'd only be speculating…
When I originally rated Blue Bottle's New Orleans Style Iced Coffee, I couldn't get past the sweetness. I also only had one rating category for RTD coffee drinks at the time: taste.
Things have changed though.
For one, I no longer found the NOLA Iced Coffee to be too sweet. Secondly, I now have four rating categories I use for RTD coffee drinks.
You can learn more about how I review RTD coffee drinks here.
Pretty much on par with Stumptown's Cold Brew with Milk, if not ever-so-slightly inferior. I'm really not sure if anything changed in the ingredient list since the first time I reviewed it, but whatever the case, it was working for me this time.
Paying $4 for a small little carton (10.66oz) seems steep to me. Granted, it isn't really that much more expensive than some of its closest competitors, but I still don't think it is close to the best bang-for-your-buck.
There are no artificial sweeteners. Everything is pretty much organic. The chicory and coffee work nicely to balance the sweetness.
This is one of the more widely-distributed RTD cold brew coffees. You can definitely find it at Whole Foods and other bourgeois grocery stores.
Tried Blue Bottle's NOLA Iced Coffee?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this tasty cold brew option if you've had the chance to try it. Or, if you're interested in making it yourself you should download my cold brew guide below. It includes a link to Blue Bottle's recipe, as well as a whole bunch of other cold brew coffee recipes, experiments, and more.
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