La Colombe Cold Brew: jet fuel in a beer bottle


33 Responses to “La Colombe Cold Brew: jet fuel in a beer bottle”

  1. chilitechno says:

    May have to keep a case in my office. I’m assuming it doesn’t require refrigeration? 

    • justin brooks says:

      It does not. I kept a 4-pack in my office for about a month and threw them in the fridge as needed and didn’t notice any taste irregularities.

  2. Rotwang says:

    Cory, your willingness to even touch a hotel mini-bar shows you are made of stern stuff.

  3. bcsizemo says:

    This plus a bowl of oatmeal and I’d be in the bathroom all morning…

  4. pluto pop says:

    Is there a good way to heat cold-brew coffee without ruining the flavour or adding a lot of milk?

    I’m intrigued to try it, but I need a cup of something hot in the morning, especially heading into winter.

    • If you can find (or make) a cold brew concentrate, you can just heat water in a tea kettle and add it, typically at a 1:2 or 3 ratio of coffee to water. Been doing the concentrate thing for about a year now, and it’s ruined me for regular coffee

  5. Halloween_Jack says:

    The idea of drinking coffee from a breast milk bag is oddly appealing.

  6. Sekino says:

    Not to be a pedant, but it’s ‘La Colombe’ ;)

    It’s really awful that I’ve developed an acute intolerance to caffeine: I miss that buzz.

    • bcsizemo says:

      Agree about the caffeine intolerance.  Mine is not horrible, but a steady intake of caffeine and I get the jitters and all kinds of other issues (even if it’s just a cup of coffee or soda a day.)  I think mine probably stems from the steady intake of Mt. Dew and sweet tea starting around age 5.

    • OoerictoO says:

      interesting.  how does the intolerance manifest?  hyper-sensitivity to its typical effects?

      • Sekino says:

        I first get an exaggerated version of typical caffeine effect (super hyper, speech sounds like Quentin Tarantino’s, even colours and sounds seem too intense and distracting…) then I crash. That’s what’s very unpleasant: strong jitters, feeling like I’m going to pass-out, palpitations, headache. I’m a wreck for a few hours. These effects happen with rather little intake (a cup of caffeinated tea will do it).

        I didn’t use to drink ridiculous amounts of caffeine, some green tea daily and an occasional cup of coffee or energy drink. The switch happened overnight (dammit).

        • OoerictoO says:

          sorry to be so probing, ignore if wanted..  any past heavy stimulant use?  adhd medications, diet pills, or illicits?
          i have a (non-scientific) theory that this use can influence far future caffeine effects. 

        • filteredscenery says:

          I get similar strange effects…actually a cup of coffee drunk, say, at 9 AM, will hit me a second time in the middle of the night, around 3-4 AM, when I’ll wake up with a strong caffeine effect, unable to return to sleep.  It doesn’t seem to have this effect if I do a lot of physical exercise after drinking the coffee, but if I’m merely doing problem sets or online work, the “second onslaught” of coffee effects happens consistently.  I’ve been unable to determine why this might happen, since most of the caffeine should have been degraded after this time period. 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Almost any caffeine and I get cramps and palpitations.  Always been that way.

  7. hexopogs says:

    Just to get the brand its proper recognition and further googling, it’s spelled “La Colombe.” They’re amazing roasters that supply a great number of the coffee shops here in Philly, and they have very talented baristas at their shops. Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Halloween_Jack says:

    Speaking of intense java, I’m still tempted by Black Blood of the Earth; it’s expensive, but seems to be the ultimate energy drink.

    • Rich Keller says:

      Wasn’t that the elixer Jack drank in Big Trouble in Little China right before they went into Lo Pan’s place?

      And Cory, the link to your cold press method is going to change my life.

      • Genre Slur says:

         BBOTE is what was in the underground river. “Hey Egg, what is that?” Black Blood of the Earth.” “What, you mean like oil?” “No, I mean Black Blood of the Earth!”
        I don’t htink the elixer had a name (could be way wrong), though I think it came out of a Six Demon bag.

        P.S. — Oh yeah, cold-brew is awesome. We (calgary’s oldest roaster, the Roasterie) do 12-24 hour drips. Currently sippin’ on a french roasted Congolese, Kivu estate.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Again, please check your links to see if you’ve done them correctly.

  9. OoerictoO says:

    anyone ever try the stumptown coldbrew?  it’s also available in beer-type bottles (more like a sessions bottle).  i have it often in the summer.  it’s a bit bitter for my taste, but damn is it strong.  i’m not really a coldbrew expert though.

    • Andy Reilly says:

      Yes. Love the stuff. Haven’t had it lately because I haven’t been near there lately. I’ll be stopping there tomorrow though. I always mix my coffee with half & half, so even if a brew is somewhat bitter it really mellows it out.

  10. PlutoniumX says:

    Any one know the nutrition info on this?  Pure coffee = good.  Coffee with added carbs = bad.  :)

  11. snowmentality says:

    Coffee in beer bottles. That’s going to get some people pulled over when they swig it on their morning commute.

    Seriously, though — I adore cold-brewed coffee, but all the straining can get annoying, especially since I can’t make more than a few days’ worth of concentrate at a time or it will spoil (even in the fridge). Bottled cold-brewed coffee is a brilliant idea.

  12. justin brooks says:

    I got to try this before it came out and i have been a fan since. I normally take my coffee with cream and sugar however there is no need with this drink. It tastes like it has a sweetener but it doesn’t, just coffee.

  13. There’s a couple of La Colombe’s in NYC as well.  One right near my friends house.  They do have the best coffee there and I always get a few pounds to bring back to Maine.  This stuff looks terrifying but intriguing.  I will have to investigate.

  14. timquinn says:

    Coffee, so critical they named two computer languages after it.

  15. Tavie says:

    Oh. My brain is throbbing with a need for this. How would this take to milk / how does this interact with the tummy? (I used to drink my coffee black but had to stop several years ago as the acid was causing me stomachaches. Milk seems to alleviate that.)

    • Itsumishi says:

      Find a coffee shop/type of bean that has a lower acidity.

      I had to stop going to the coffeeshop near my house when they got a new barrista. I think they just put it through the machine slightly hotter or something and the acidity would give me serious heartburn. Thankfully a new coffee shop opened up and I ended up working there. Now it’s only when I get to about 6 shots of espresso in a day do I start getting problems… 

      Although right at the moment I’m in Toronto for a few months where good espresso is hard to find. 

  16. el dueno says:

    I call it $3.00 coffee in a bottle, great for mixing with vodka.

  17. Jacob Sayles says:

    On a completely different note, we are working to get everyone to understand that it’s “coworking” not “co-working”.  

    Read all about it:

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