After several disappointing experiences with High Brew’s cold brew in the past, I didn’t think I’d ever pick up another can of this stuff. Specifically, it was the Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Mocha flavors that I couldn’t even finish because of the awful aftertaste.
But then I caught this great review by MokaBees of a couple of their other flavors, Double Espresso and Black & Bold.
The key difference and the reason I decided to give it another try myself? No stevia!
You see, the two flavors I had tried had stevia added, which just left this awful aftertaste in my mouth. The Double Espresso and Black & Bold flavors however do not contain stevia, but instead, pure cane sugar.
Ingredients & Nutrition Facts
The list of ingredients isn’t extensive, nor is it simple. I don’t really understand the need for adding sugar to something when it is constantly lauded as being “naturally sweet,” but whatever I guess.
At least in the case of the Double Espresso flavor it wasn’t overly sweet. There was also plenty of coffee flavor.
Something I didn’t note in the video was the aftertaste of the Double Espresso flavor. It really lingered, and I hate to say it, but that wasn’t a good thing.
In fact, I’d say the aftertaste wasn’t a whole lot different from the aftertaste of the other flavors I tried.
High Brew is widely available across the country. In fact, it’s probably one of the most well-distributed RTD cold brews out there, so they definitely have that going for them.
Personally, though, I can’t recommend this flavor (or the other two I tried) to the black coffee drinker.
If you take cream and sugar in your coffee, want something that is low on calories, and frequently find yourself ordering iced lattes though, I think this is worth a try.
I can’t call this cold brew though, I’m sorry. For the most authentically cold brew experience I recommend Stumptown’s cold brew or Secret Squirrel. Milton and Small as well as House Kombucha also make great cold brew coffee, although they are not as widely available.
What do you think of High Brew? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your opinion!