Peet’s Coffee has a big lineup of ready-to-drink (RTD) cold coffee drinks available, and in this review we’ll be taking a look at one of their latest: the Black and White Iced Espresso.
This particular offering reminded me of La Colombe’s Draft Latte, strictly from a taste-perspective.
The coffee flavor is very light, but the sweetness isn’t overbearing either.
It also comes in a smaller serving than most of Peet’s other RTD offerings, which I assume might have something to do with the 12g of sugar?
Is it worth trying? Let’s find out!
How Does Peet’s Black and White Iced Espresso Taste?
It has a light chocolate milk flavor in my opinion. The coffee flavor, as I mentioned earlier, is quite minimal.
In fact, I couldn’t believe this was coming from Peet’s, a coffee company that was founded on strong coffee flavor, capturing the hearts of coffee lovers in my parents’ generation.
I don’t know what kind of coffee-drinker they’re trying to please here, but my guess is that the only people that would like it are those who don’t really like coffee to begin with.
On the positive side of things, the drink isn’t too sweet or too phlegm-inducing.
You know how thick milky drinks can be, right? Well, fortunately this doesn’t taste like one of those.
Peet’s claims there are no artificial ingredients in this drink, and this seems to be true upon further investigation.
I had no idea what Pectin was at the time I filmed the video review, but I discovered it is a common ingredient (both vegetarian and vegan) used in jams and jellies.
The 12g of sugar in the 8oz drink seems pretty significant to me, but I’ve definitely seen worse.
The 100 calories also isn’t too shabby.
So I’d say that Peet’s actually did a pretty good job ingredients-wise.
I bought it at lucky for $2.99 at Lucky, but you can also get a 12-pack off of Peet’s website for roughly $3.33/can (with $5 flat rate shipping factored in).
This is cheaper than some of their other RTD drinks, but that’s probably attributed to it’s smaller size.
I’ve seen Peet’s Black and White Iced Espresso in Target, Lucky, and many other major grocery chains. I don’t expect you to have too much trouble finding it.
In fact, you will generally find all of Peet’s RTD coffee options in their own mini display fridge at these various stores.
I can’t imagine how much this exclusive display space cost them, but I’m guessing it wasn’t cheap.
I personally wouldn’t buy the Black and White Iced Espresso again.
It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. And since this is a coffee website, I don’t see how I can recommend a product that barely tastes like it has any coffee in it.
If you’re into adult chocolate milk though, you might want to give this a try!
You can buy a 12-pack of Peet’s Black and White Iced Espresso of find a place to buy the individual cans here.