La Colombe Draft Latte Review

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La Colombe Draft Latte

$10
7.2

Taste

6.8/10

Price

8.0/10

Ingredients

7.8/10

Availability

6.4/10

Pros

  • Great price and value
  • Creamy
  • High quality ingredients
  • Not too sweet

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Subtle coffee flavor

With Summer’s arrival here in the Northern Hemisphere, there has been an inevitable influx of cold coffee drinks making their debut in cafés and grocery stores across the country. Of course, cold coffee drinks are great at any time of year, which is probably why La Colombe didn’t wait too long to release their Draft Latte to the masses in a convenient ready-to-drink can.

The Draft Latte was conceived as a more convenient way to serve up iced lattes to La Colombe’s customers. Traditionally, an iced latte is made by pulling a shot of espresso, steaming milk, and then pouring the combination over ice.

Suffice to say, it isn’t a quick process. So La Colombe’s CEO, Todd Carmichael, tinkered with a recipe before finally coming up with something that tasted great and could be served on tap at La Colombe cafés.

Well, less than a year after the Draft Latte’s in-store release, it was released in ready-to-drink form so that the drink could be distributed to a wider audience, particularly those who don’t live near any La Colombe locations (me).

About The Draft Latte

So what is a “Draft Latte”?

You can see an awesome explanation for how the Draft Latte is made here, but I’ll provide the short version as well:

  • Cold pressed espresso from freshly roasted La Colombe coffee
  • Hormone-free milk from grass-fed cows
  • 14g of cane sugar
  • Unique pressurized can that froths the ingredients when opened

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SldcN2b3piA

The Ratings

To learn about how I rate ready-to-drink coffee, go here.

Taste

The texture of this coffee is great, especially when considering the fact that it comes in a can, where I feel a lot of texture can be lost (see Stumptown’s Nitro Cold Brew for an example of this).

The sweetness wasn’t overbearing either. If anything, it was more of a creamy sweetness.

To me, the one shortcoming regarding the taste was the coffee itself. In my opinion there simply wasn’t enough coffee flavor.

Of course, La Colombe has the difficult job of finding the perfect balance in flavor here, and I actually think this drink appeals more to the masses who don’t drink their coffee black.

Score: 4

PriceIMG_5975

For first-time buyers, the price is an A+ at only $10 for a 4-pack. You can get free shipping with your first order by signing up for the La Colombe email newsletter found in the footer of their website.

This obviously works out to an unprecedented $2.50/can, which still feels too good to be true.

I hope La Colombe continues to keep prices for the drink this low.

Score: 5

Ingredients

I’m impressed with the ingredients. As they say in the “How It’s Made” video I embedded above, this is simply coffee with no bullshit.

Hormone-free, grass-fed cows provide the milk. There is sugar, but at least it’s real sugar. And of course, high-quality, freshly roasted coffee sourced directly from top-notch coffee farmers.

I personally think the drink would have been better off with a little bit less sugar and a little bit more coffee, but overall I think La Colombe did a near-perfect job with the ingredients used in the Draft Latte.

Score: 4.5

AvailabilityLa Colombe Draft Latte

At the moment, distribution is pretty limited if you are looking to pick this up at your local grocery store or café. However, this is a non-issue if you shop online and take advantage of the free shipping on your first order (remember, you must sign up for their email list first to receive the promo code).

I imagine that this will become more widely available in the near future, but for now this is really one of the few shortcomings of the Draft Latte.

Score: 3

Coming Soon…

La Colombe is currently working on three alternative flavors for their already-popular Draft Latte.

According to their webpage, the following drinks are in the works:

  • Pure Black & White (cold pressed coffee with frothed milk)
  • Draft Mocha (same as Draft Latte, but with Cocoa added too)
  • Almond Milk Draft Latte (substitutes the cow milk with almond milk)

I can’t wait to try all of these!

Is La Colombe’s Draft Latte right for you?

If you like iced lattes, then you should definitely give La Colombe’s Draft Latte a shot.

It beats the snot out of many of the iced lattes I’ve tried directly from cafés in terms of taste, so for that reason alone I think it’s worth it.

If however, you don’t enjoy cold coffee drinks or coffee drinks with a pretty subdued coffee flavor, you probably won’t like the Draft Latte too much.

And while I do consider myself mostly part of this latter camp, I still enjoyed the Draft Latte thoroughly. So hey, maybe you’ll like it too?

Tried The Draft Latte?

If you’ve tried the Draft Latte I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment or review below. Also, if you have questions about this drink, ask away!

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  • Taste

    9.8

    Price

    10

    Ingredients

    10

    Availability

    9.4

    I have tried both the canned draft latte and the draft latte from the tap. They are both amazing. I first tried the can. I sipped it from the special sip top, but I especially liked it when poured into a glass. The draft latte from the tap is really something to talk about. It was so light a fluffy, it was like drinking a milky coffee cloud. But I do have to agree, it has more of a milky taste and not as much coffee taste. I also did try the black & tan, which is half cold brew and half draft latte over ice. Very, delicious. Thanks for the review!

  • Taste

    9.9

    Price

    8

    Ingredients

    9.9

    Availability

    8

    I’ve had the Latte and the Mocha and believe your review is spot on. I drink my coffee black and agree a bit more coffee flavor would be good. Otherwise, the flavor is impressive. The Mocha is pretty much the perfect chocolate milk drink for grown ups. A splash of vodka might work too. They both elicited “OMG” from my wife. I’m excited to see these in cans as we can stock up on the boat. We purchased ours from Harris Teeter in Charleston, SC so we don’t have to mail order or wait until we get back to Philadelphia. I love good coffee and espresso but, sometimes you just want a latte on the rocks.

  • Taste

    8.7

    Price

    8.6

    Ingredients

    8.9

    Availability

    9.8

    I made the mistake of putting the can of mocha draft latte in the fridge and the drink congealed from the acacia gum. Next time I will pour it over ice. But it tastes like a good quality mocha. Very chocolate in it.

    Next time don’t put the cans in the fridge. They should say no refrigeratoration needed on the cans.

  • The Draft Latte in a can (blue cap) does not contain any added sugar. As it says, “it’s naturally sweet.” It’s not at all bitter. Personally, I don’t like sweetened coffee drinks, so I was pleased to find this product. It also doesn’t taste like condensed milk, like most canned coffees do.
    I agree that this coffee could use more coffee flavor. The Triple Draft has more coffee, but they added sugar to it, so that ruins it for me. In any event, I enjoy the flavor of the Drat Latte, so I will continue to drink these on the go.
    I do have one beef about the ingredients: It contains sodium phosphates! I can’t understand why so many companies put phosphates in our food and drinks. In the 70’s there was a push to remove phosphates from detergent, because it was harmful. Now we ingest it! I would love it if La Colombe found a better way to give their products some tangy flavor.

  • Taste

    10

    Price

    8

    Ingredients

    10

    Availability

    6

    I love the Draft Latte and the Triple Draft Latte. They really are delicious, although I agree not a very strong coffee flavor, but not NEARLY as weak as Starbucks bottled Frappuccinos.

  • Taste

    0.1

    Price

    0.3

    Ingredients

    0.2

    Availability

    0.1

    Trader Joe’s is selling these now for $1.79 (here in Los Angeles, at any rate, don’t know if their pricing is the same nationwide). A steal! I think they carry two flavors. I got the Draft Latte and agree with the review and comments – great taste, not too sweet, could have even more coffee flavor. But when you think an iced latte from a cafe is $4+…this is def. a good alternative! Was skeptical, now a fan.

    • Yep, noticed it a couple months ago at my local TJ’s here in San Francisco and grabbed a few of the alternative flavors for review. Should have those posted soon!

  • Taste

    0

    Price

    0

    Ingredients

    0

    Availability

    10

    Vanilla – It tastes of decayed milk that it is literally sickening; produced a headache because it reminded me of a 3 day old latte sitting out in heat. Do not recommend at all; would not pay $10 for the pack of 4 again.

  • Taste

    4.7

    Price

    4.8

    Ingredients

    4.7

    Availability

    4.5

    These cans should come with instructions on how to open without the mess foaming all over my desk at work. I brought the can from home and thought maybe I bounced it around too much in the car – thinking it was carbonation. But no. It’s just someone’s idea of cool. Not cool to have to wipe up your desk and floor! What was left in the can tasted ok, not great, not terrible. I tried a 2nd can from my 4-pack. Same thing. WTF! Maybe there are people out there that think this is fun; I don’t. I want to swallow my coffee drink, not wipe it up with a paper towel.

  • Taste

    0

    Price

    5.3

    Ingredients

    5.3

    Availability

    3.2

    This is the nastiest stuff I’ve ever put in my mouth. It’s bitter, and left a chemical aftertaste in my mouth. Maybe I had a bad batch? I couldn’t stomach half the can without gagging.

  • I agree. It’s creamy, and good. But a little more coffee flavor would make it better. I do feel this is less harsh on my stomach than other types of iced coffee, so that’s an added bonus.

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