Brave Roasters: The Origins Cold Brew Coffee Review
While I was on my trip to Thailand, I did a quick Google search for one of the top places to get cold brew in Bangkok. The I+d Style Cafe X Brave Roasters was the search result that showed up and was also the closest to where I was. Brave Roasters partnered with I+d Style Cafe to open up a small cafe in the mall. They are in the Siam Discovery Mall, which is already cool by itself. The mall is set up like Ikea but instead of Ikea where there is only one company each company operates in weirdly defined spaces. It has the feeling of walking into someone’s house except that things are on sale. It is a really cool experience to check out. I chatted with the guys at Brave Roasters for a little bit, they have 3 flavors of cold brew currently: The Origins, Nostalgia, and Sukhumvit. They said that all their coffee beans were grown and harvested in Thailand. Each bottle has a label that tells you what region it comes from. They also roast their own beans in house. Hence the name Brave Roasters. This time I am reviewing The Origins.
This particular coffee bean comes from Jomthong, Chiangmai, Thailand. The fragrance that comes from the bottle when you open it is a sweet honey bread smell. The smell must be made from their honey process. Honey process which I learned is where after they pick and during the washing process they take off the skin and pulp of the coffee cherry and leave the mucilage, which is a sticky substance that surrounds the coffee bean (kinda like how okra gives off the sticky substance). They say the mucilage is so sticky and sweet it is sometimes referred to as honey. Different people leave a different amount of this honey around the bean. Also, some of it might also get fermented, hence the sweet honey bread smell from the bottle. The reason for this process is to give the bean itself a different profile, it gives it more of a fruity and sweet flavor because of the sugars that are left on the bean.
Now back to the review!
When you first bring it into your mouth you get a watery taste. Which means the coffee is very clean with no acidity at the beginning. Most coffee flavors happen in the middle and the back of the mouth where the tongue is more sensitive the coffee flavors. Then as we get to the second portion of the mouth we get a slight note of acidity and bitterness. Then when you get to the very end you get this nice steady blooming coffee flavor with a hint of sweet. The medium roast is just right and the coffee flavor just slowly grows in your mouth. It is super flavorful all around. The body was just slightly above average. The price per bottle is $3.72 ( 130 Baht) per 6 oz. That is $0.62 per oz.
I am glad that I got to stop by these guys and try all three of their cold brews. The Origins is different than anything I have drunk before. Such a sweet smell that emanates from the bottle but there no added sugars or creamers. The overall drink was super smooth and clean. Then at the end, you are gifted with a nicely roasted coffee flavor. It is, however, one of the most expensive cold brew I have ever had, but I think it is worth it to try something unique and different. If you ever get a chance stop by these guys and have a taste. You can’t go wrong!
Here is a link to learn more about their company: Brave Roasters
Price: $3.72 for a 6 oz bottle, $0.62oz.