Trade Coffee Cold Brew is a subscription that sends coffee matched to your taste profile on a schedule that you choose. Sign up to receive one or two bags and get ready to breeze through summer with iced coffee in your hand without having to leave your home. Price will depend on number of bags you choose and shipping frequency – get one bag every 1, 2, or 3 weeks; or get 2 bags every 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 weeks. You can expect to pay about $15 for one bag, once every 3 weeks but it depends on the coffee sent.
DEAL: Get 30% off your first bag + 20 FREE Cold Brew Bags! No coupon needed, just use this link to subscribe.
Start by filling out their survey that has questions about your experience level, tastes, do you add anything to the coffee, etc. Most of the questions also let you let Trade Coffee choose for you. You can choose a decaf option if you need less stimulation from your drink. Then decide if you want to add cold brew filter bags, one or two bags of coffee (with price per bag dropping), whole beans or ground, and shipping frequency.
Everything in my box!
The red shipping bag is compostable, just cut out the label and place in your compost pile.
Info about my coffee was included. Rate your coffee at the Trade Coffee website so they can send selections tailored to your tastes.
Atomic Coffee Roasters Cold Brew ($15) I received my coffee freshly roasted from a shop near Boston. Tasting notes include flavors of chocolate, caramel, and cherry.
It is a blend and has a medium roast.
I received it withing days of it being roasted.
Check out the cafe if you are ever nearby!
Atomic Cafe roasts daily in small batches.
Cold brew coffee requires a coarser grind than coffee that would be brewed in a drip maker. If you wanted to drink the coffee hot you could set your account for whole beans and then grind them coarse or fine depending on how you want to prepare your coffee.
I received a separate shipment of cold brew bags. You will need a way to separate the grinds from the concentrate when finished “brewing” and a cheesecloth-lined sieve would work but this is much easier.
Trade Cold Brew Bags ($7.50) come with 20 bags per order, or get the bags for free (pay $2 for shipping) when you order a cold brew subscription.
Instructions were on the back and the ratio of coffee to water is about 1:8; 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of ground coffee to 8 ounces of water. You can adjust the amount of coffee up or down however you like. Atomic suggested 1 ounce of grounds to 7 ounces of water.
The bags are like giant tea bags and have a drawstring closure. I simply filled the bag with the coffee, set it in a glass jar that had a lid, and poured bottled spring water over top and let it steep overnight.
In the morning I removed the bag and placed in the compost pile. I stuck the lid back on and let this chill until the afternoon, when I knew I would need a pick-me-up.
Time to make my drink! You can mix the concentrate with some cold water and pour over ice and have an excellent iced coffee, but I’m making mine flavored. You can use flavored syrups, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, flavored coffee creamers, and so on. I added about 2/3 cup of the coffee concentrate and then topped with some 2% milk and way too much flavored coffee creamer, so I added another 1/3 cup of concentrate. I mixed it all up and added ice. You could also put this in the blender with a lot of ice and make a frappe.
Here’s my tasty drink! To me the coffee was boldly flavored but my creamer mellowed it out. I’m not a hot coffee drinker but I enjoy an iced coffee or blended beverage every once in a while and instant coffee just doesn’t do it for me. I appreciate that the mailer and cold brew bags are both compostable, and I think it’s great that Trade sources its coffee from 50 independent roasters throughout the United States. The quiz asked just the right kinds of questions to discover my taste in coffee, and I’m happy with the coffee I received. This subscription pays for itself after about 3 cups, based on a $5 cup of coffee from a chain. The bag still has lots of ground coffee left so I can make plenty of iced coffee this month, for a fraction of the price of a cup from a coffeehouse.
Any thoughts about our Trade Coffee Cold Brew box?