Stumptown: Cold Brew Coffee With Milk Review
Started in 1999 it started off as a Brick and Mortar store in Portland, Oregon. They are probably the most well known cold brew coffee brand in the US currently. Roasting its own coffee grinds and serving up hot brewed coffee. They started brewing cold brew commercially in March 2011. The coffee bean that they procure is from different countries around the equator. They fly to these locations and go straight to the actual farmers growing the coffee beans. They pay higher prices for the bean, although, they do not say fair trade anywhere on their website. However it is easy to see a trend with all these cold brew coffee brands that they all do fair trade. Stumptown is different because I do not see anywhere on their website that they say the coffee bean that they source is organic. They roast their own coffee beans, but no where can I find what bean the cold brew is made out of. They seem to put a lot of effort into roasting and it looks like to them is one of the most important components in making the perfect coffee. There is not much info on the actual brewing of the cold brew on their website. The only thing I gathered was that they steep it for over 12 hours and that they use a double filtration system. No other info besides that.
Very mild coffee smell when the carton is opened. It has a nice feel when you first bring in it your mouth. It has the right combination of milk and coffee. There is just a slight hint of sourness on the very beginning but it is very very slight. The milk does a good job covering it. As it goes further back into your mouth you get a slight sweetness from the cane sugar that they put in. Then at the very tail end of the drink you get a mild coffee taste. It frankly just taste a lot like chocolate milk. I think the sugar takes away too much of the coffee flavor. The sugar, milk and coffee should work together to enhance the coffee flavor not mask it. As the sweetness fades away you get more of the coffee flavor coming through. There is no bitterness at all in the cold brew, not even a hint of it. The body is very light which is a function of having too much milk and sugar. The price of this carton is $3.49 for 16 ounces, which is $0.22 per ounce.
This has the right combination of the milk and coffee, unfortunately the coffee concentration wasn’t strong enough. Therefore you get the nice taste coming in and covering all the acidity and bitterness, but you lose all the coffee flavor. If you are a fan of chocolate milk and want caffeine this is the cold brew for you. If you are looking for more of a coffee flavor that this is not the one for you. I also don’t think it is a good idea to store the drink in a paper carton. Paper is not good at keeping gasses in and out and therefore could mess up the intended flavor that this drink was meant to taste like. I probably wouldn’t get this drink again.
Here is a link to learn more about their cold brew: Stumptown: Cold Brew Coffee with Milk
Price: $3.49 for a 16 oz bottle, $0.22 oz.