About Black Medicine
Three main things set Black Medicine's iced latte apart from its competitors:
- The coffee is “pressure brewed” in a nitrogen atmosphere.
- The coffee contains vitamin C and Vitamin D3.
- There is no sugar added. Just coffee and organic milk.
One of Black Medicine's people reached out to me (Hi Chris!) and explained the pressure brewing process. Here's what he wrote:
“In regards to our Pressure Brewing process, this entails our product being brewed in our ‘secret' custom brewing mechanism, at which point we pressurize the atmosphere with nitrogen. This keeps oxygen away from the process and also works as a press and the resulting product is a concentrate stronger than any other on the market. In a way, imagine a giant espresso machine, with some slight modifications. Our concentrate is then used to make our RTD and we control the TDS and caffeine content of our products by our dilution ratios.”
RTD = ready-to-drink, TDS = total dissolved solids…FYI 😉
On top of this, the folks at Black Medicine cup (taste) all of their coffee using cold water, which isn't typical in the coffee industry.
The irony is that everybody seems to be brewing with cold water these days, yet cupping with hot water. Black Medicine is doing the exact opposite.
For one, I love how simple the ingredients are. Just milk and coffee, no other B.S.
The coffee flavor is definitely strong. I wouldn't describe it as “naturally sweet” as they wrote on the bottle, but I would say the milk definitely had a high quality taste that helped balance out any potential bitterness found in the coffee.
It was hard to really trace any notes in the coffee except for “coffee” itself, but I have no problem with this. It makes a nice iced latte, especially with the milk they are using in it.
So is Black Medicine's Iced Latte for you?
If you already are drinking lattes on the regular, especially iced ones, I'd say you should definitely give this a try. It's cheaper than buying an iced latte anywhere else, and the quality I'd say is easily just as good (if not better) than most places. Definitely better than a Starbucks iced latte if you ask me.
If you like sweet drinks, don't drink or particularly like lattes (like me), or have special milk preferences then I wouldn't recommend this. I realize this is a big share of the American market, but major props to Black Medicine for giving sugar and sugar substitutes the finger.
It definitely starts with the companies who are making the drinks and food we eat.