I’ve probably been drinking coffee a lot longer than any 16-year-old should have. I’ve also had a notorious sweet tooth my whole life, and my coffee of choice was iced. So when my Aunt stocked our refrigerator with Califia Farms Dairy-Free Iced Coffees, I just had to try them.
The Double Espresso wasn’t really that sweet, but it had a really good taste to it. It was deep and rich. This one I would personally want to drink in the morning when I am waking up.
The Café Latte was a touch sweeter than the Double Espresso, and was by far the creamiest. This was the only flavor where I could really taste the almond milk, and the creaminess of it lingers in your mouth afterwards.
My personal favorite was the Mocha. It was definitely the sweetest. It almost had a rich chocolate milk taste to it, although it wasn’t as creamy as I expected, which for me was a good thing.
As a fan of dairy-free almond milk, I thought these were definitely strong contenders for iced coffee. I expect to be asking my aunt to get them for me again … especially since my uncle quickly consumed every last drop once they were open!
Editor’s Notes (a.k.a. Aunt Alisa): Since I’m not a big coffee fan, I deferred this review to Kylie, but I have to admit, they are pretty tasty! The mocha is sweet and chocolate-y enough to win over many java-averse.
Califia Farms also wins the title for the first cold-brewed, soy-free and dairy-free, ready-to-drink iced coffees. Plus these dairy-free iced coffees are made with organic fair trade coffee, boast the Non-GMO Verified label, and are packaged in a retro a 48-ounce, BPA-Free PET bottle. To top it off (yes, there is more!), they are low fat, lower in sugar than your average iced coffees, and are fortified with calcium, vitamin D, and other goodies.
Availability: Califia Farms Iced Coffees began rolling out in late spring-2013 at Whole Food stores nationwide. They hope to have full distribution in Whole Foods by summer’s end, and will likely move into other store chains. Keep an eye out!
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Califia Farms Iced Coffee Almond Milk beverages are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, and soy-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Califia Farms website at www.califiafarms.com.