States Coffee & Mercantile

Reserve Cold Brew

Location: Martinez, California

Origin: Tanzania

Roast: NA

Est. Price: $12.00/25.4-ounce bottle (seasonal)

Review Date: July 2018

Agtron: NA/

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

A ready-to-drink bottled black coffee tested over ice. Richly sweet with an umami undercurrent. Baker’s chocolate, ripe tomato, vanilla, tangerine zest, lavender. Vivacious, sweet-tart structure with a compelling umami anchor. Crisp, full mouthfeel. Notes of ripe tomato, baker’s chocolate and lavender carry the long, layered finish. Adding whole milk mediates the umami impression, while amplifying the chocolate and spicy floral notes.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 21 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2018. This coffee earned the highest rating in a tasting of ready-to-drink bottled black coffees for Coffee Review’s July 2018 tasting report. Sold in retro 750-ml (25.4-ounce) corked bottles. Prepared by the cold-brew method, which involves prolonged steeping of ground coffee in cold or room-temperature water and subsequent filtering. Contains no ingredients other than coffee and water. The green coffee used to produce the tested beverage is a single-origin coffee from Tanzania. Founded by roaster Keith Gehrke in 2015, States Coffee is a hybrid roastery/cafe and a mercantile that features handmade, artisan wares. Visit www.statescoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: Deep, vibrant, elegant. In the right setting (summer dinner al fresco), this coffee would be a perfect match for grilled meat with a hint of smoke.

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

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