America's obsession with cold-brewed coffee has traversed from niche coffee shops to refrigerated cases in convenience stores around the United States. A couple of years ago, these ready-to-drink (RTD) cans of cold brew coffee were a novelty, but now they're competing against popular energy drinks for shelf superiority.
Why has RTD coffee become so popular, so quickly? Convenience and caffeine. We all lead busy lives and sometimes there isn't enough time to stop by a coffee shop in the morning before work. RTD cold brew coffee saves the day by providing that necessary caffeine boost in a format you can slam into your cupholder while speeding to work.
At first, RTD coffees skewed traditional with black and sweetened varieties. Today, manufacturers are developing innovative new products with exotic flavors, carbonation and honey. Just as honey's use in hot coffee and coffee drinks is growing, so too is its use in RTD cold-brew coffee.
Honey provides these products with an all-natural sweetness and flavor, as well as a fuller mouth-feel. It's the perfect sweetener to start your day or provide the necessary post-lunch energy boost.
Here are some of our favorite RTD cold brew coffees. If you see them, buy them and let us know what you think!
Starbucks® - Bottled Cold Brew Cocoa and Honey with Cream
When Starbucks® got into the RTD coffee game, they turned to honey to provide a dynamic flavor complement to their coffee and cocoa. The honey rounds out the bitter notes of coffee, making this an incredibly smooth drink.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters - Sparkling Honey Lemon Cold Brew Coffee
This popular Portland, Oregon-based roaster and café added carbonation to their popular cold brew coffees to provide a unique tasting experience. The Honey Lemon variety provides an Arnold Palmer-type flavor.
Lanna Coffee Co. - Honey Cold Brew
This product was born out of an inquisitive R&D department that wanted to find a product that was natural, delicious and would obviously blend well with its Thai Coffee. They found the solution in honey.
Full Bloom Coffee - HoneyBrew™ Cold Brew
This energizing infusion of organic cold brew coffee and honey will open your senses to the aromatic and flavor benefits of using honey in coffee. Even better, the product is available in two flavors, peppermint and cinnamon.
Switters Coffee - Honey Coffee
This Honey Coffee is lightly sweetened with wildflower honey and provides the perfect subtle hint of honey to complement the coffee flavor. It's a great product for those who cannot have dairy, but like a hint of sweetness in their iced coffee.