Chameleon Cold Brew: Vanilla Coffee Flavor Review
Chameleon is the most famous brand in the cold brew coffee game at the moment down here in Texas. Although cold brew isn’t a household name yet, ask people who know about cold brew they know the brand Chameleon. They make multiple flavors which we will be reviewing all of them eventually. The one I am reviewing today is their Vanilla Coffee Flavor. According to their website the company was founded in 2010 in Austin, Texas. They use 100% organic Arabica beans and Hill Country Water to produce their drink. The beans are procured using fair trade. They actually roast their own beans in house. Chameleon actually use something called air roasting, which apparently brings out the maximum flavor of the beans but keeping them not bitter. On top of that they only roast in small batches which gives them more control of the bean. They steep the coffee for 16 hours and during that 16 hours they are actually agitated constantly. This helps get more flavor out as during the cold brew process the grinds actually settle. When it settles it is harder to pull flavor out as it is compact. This is where the agitation comes in to keep them constantly afloat.
My first impression of the drink when smelling the drink is a sweet vanilla smell. After taking the first drink you can taste a sweet and sour taste, but it isn’t a very strong in either department. This means that there is very little acidity (which the vanilla/sugar is helping covering it up). Then as the sour moves away you get just the slight vanilla taste that is left. The ingredients say that there is Cane sugar and other natural flavors, which is different from their Mexican Coffee Flavor that I reviewed because in that one it said that there was real organic cinnamon in it. It also contains “natural flavors” which could be a host of multiple things. There is no bitterness in this cold brew at all, zero. The drink goes down very smooth but it is a light body doesn’t really last a long time in your mouth. It doesn’t coat your mouth like their Mexican Coffee did. The most problematic thing about this is the vanilla frankly overpowers the coffee flavor. There is a very very slight coffee flavor, however, you can drink this drink not knowing it was coffee at all. The price of a bottle of this coffee is $3.49 for 10 ounces, so per oz it is $0.35. This is about the mean price for cold brew coffee.
In conclusion Chameleon Cold Brew: Vanilla Coffee Flavor was a dud for me. The vanilla is just way to overbearing it is like in your face the entire drink and you can’t really taste anything else besides that. The coffee besides that is very very smooth and goes down very easily. I would get this if you are the type of person that loves vanilla, wants caffeine and doesn’t like the taste of coffee.
Here is a link to learn more about their cold brew: Chameleon Cold Brew: Vanilla Coffee Flavor
Price: $3.49 for a 10 oz bottle, $0.35 oz.