Cafe Grumpy

Cold Brew

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Origin: Not disclosed

Roast: NA

Est. Price: $4.00/10-ounce bottle

Review Date: July 2018

Agtron: NA/

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

A ready-to-drink bottled black coffee tested over ice. Sweetly crisp, lightly and refreshingly roast-toned. Notes of cocoa, sweet lemon zest, clover flowers, raisin, oak. Crisp balance of bitter, sweet and tart in structure; lightly satiny in mouthfeel. Citrus, raisin and oak carry into the bittersweet finish. Adding whole milk pushes the cocoa toward full-on chocolate, with continued citrus and oak.


This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a tasting of ready-to-drink bottled black coffees for Coffee Review’s July 2018 tasting report. Sold in 10-ounce bottles. Prepared by the cold-brew concentrate method, which involves prolonged steeping of ground coffee in cold or room-temperature water and subsequent filtering and dilution of the resulting concentrate. Contains no additives or ingredients other than coffee and water. An integral part of New York’s coffee renaissance, Brooklyn-based Café Grumpy opened its first café in 2005 and has since expanded to six locations, including a roasting facility. Visit www.cafegrumpy.com or call 718-383-0748 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Crisp and bittersweet, with a complex, shifting set of flavor notes that layer and tease.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2018 tasting report: Cold-Brewed Black Coffees: Quality in a Can?

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