Modern Times Coffee

Secret Beach Summer Blend

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Kenya; Ethiopia

Roast: NA

Est. Price: $5.00/12-ounce can

Review Date: July 2018

Agtron: NA/

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

A ready-to-drink bottled black coffee tested over ice. Brisk, bittersweet, lively. Apricot, roasted cacao nib, walnut, blood orange zest, a hint of tea rose. Tart-sweet in structure with a bracing bitter edge; satiny in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around hints of apricot and walnut in a drying finish. Stands up to added whole milk with very little change in its defiantly brisk character and zesty array of flavor notes.


This coffee tied for the fifth-highest rating in a tasting of ready-to-drink bottled black coffees for Coffee Review’s July 2018 tasting report. Sold in 12-ounce cans. Prepared by the cold-brew method, which involves prolonged steeping of ground coffee in cold or room-temperature water and subsequent filtering. Contains no additives or ingredients other than coffee and water. The green coffee used to produce the tested beverage is a blend of 50% Kenya AA and 50% wet-processed or “washed” Ethiopia. Modern Times is a well-loved, exuberantly inventive Point Loma, San Diego brewery that has long specialized in coffee-beer crossovers and overlaps. Visit www.moderntimescoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: Crisply invigorating, this cold coffee should please lovers of bone-dry white wines and hoppy ales.

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

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