Costco Cold Brew Coffee (Kirkland) + Fun Drink Modifications
Kirkland Signature Cold Brew Coffee at Costco
Costco sells a 12 pack of their Kirkland Signature Cold Brew Coffee for $15.99. The Cold Brew can be found in the beverage section of the warehouse near other drinks such as the Kirkland Signature Sparkling Water.
The 12 pack of Costco cold brew includes twelve 11 ounce cans made with 100% Colombian coffee. The Kirkland Signature Cold Brew is unflavored and unsweetened.
What is Cold Brew?
To put it simply, cold brew is coffee that is brewed with cold water instead of hot water. Traditional coffee is made by pouring hot water over coffee grinds and only takes a few minutes to make.
Cold brew is closer to “coffee tea” as coffee beans are steeped in cold water for 12 to 24 hours. The end result is cold brew which is usually slightly sweeter, more intense and less acidic.
Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee
While both are cold coffee drinks, they are actually quite different in how they are brewed. As mentioned earlier, cold brew is coffee that is steeped overnight.
Iced Coffee is coffee that is brewed at double strength to compensate for the dilution when it’s combined with ice. Both coffees are served cold, but are rather different.
How Much Caffeine Is In Each Can of Costco Cold Brew Coffee?
Each can of Costco Kirkland Signature Cold Brewed Coffee is going to contain 225 mg of caffeine per can. This is an astonishingly high amount and actually the equivalent of almost 2 and a half cups of regular hot coffee.
Each cup of regular coffee contains approximately 95 mg of caffeine.
Even the can label says this Costco cold brew is the equivalent to 2.3 cups of coffee. It is not recommended for individuals under 18 or anyone who is pregnant or persons sensitive to caffeine. This can will do the job!
Costco Cost Comparison
How Much Does Kirkland Signature Cold Brew Coffee Cost at Costco?
Costco’s price has gone up a few dollars over the past year and they now sells the 12 pack of Kirkland Signature 100% Colombian Coffee for $15.99.
At the $15.99 price tag, each can of cold brew goes for $1.33. While still a very fair price for cold brew coffee, it is always saddening when the price of anything at Costco goes up.
Costco vs The Competition
My local grocery store Tom Thumb/Safeway sells 11 oz single serving cold brew cans and bottles for about $3.99 each depending exact size and brand. Costco’s cold brews come in at one-third the price. Wow!
Costco Cold Brew Coffee Taste Test
I have mixed thoughts on the taste of Kirkland Signature’s Cold Brew. It tastes different from regular hot coffee, and I’m in some ways better and some ways worse.
Smooth As Can Be
The cold brew is very very smooth. I never thought of coffee as unsmooth but I can without a doubt call this cold brew very smooth.
I can’t tell if I’m not a fan of the smoothness or if I’m just so used to drinking hot coffee and regular iced coffee that the smoothness feels so out of place.
There is also less acidity and bitterness in the cold brew compared regular hot coffee.
Taste of Chocolate
The coffee does have a very full flavor. There is even a little hint of chocolate or sweetness in the black cold coffee which is interesting to me.
Is There A Metallic Taste?
One of the main complaints that I have read about online that I have not personally experienced is a metallic taste to the coffee that may come from the can.
There is a lot of talk on reddit and other sites about how this can negatively affect the coffee.
I Enjoy It
Cold Brew Unique Uses and Versatility
The very nice thing about cold brew is that it is super versatile. Cold brew can be combined with other ingredients to make some really unique and fun drinks. Here are some of my faviorite uses of cold brew coffee.
The most common way to drink Kirkland Signature Cold brew is by adding ice to it. You can easily make it a delicious iced coffee with a handful of ice cubes. This will also help dilute the caffeine.
Additionally you can add milk or other flavors to make a latte or a flavored iced coffee.
Believe it or not, cold brew doesn’t have to be drunk cold. You can mix cold brew with hot water and turn it into a traditional hot coffee.
It may have a slightly different taste, but it gets the job done when you need a hot coffee.
A few other very fun options include adding spirits or liquor to make a hard cold brew coffee or a cocktail. Sounds like a good night to me.
And finally, mix the cold brew with some soda water to make it bubbly or even add it to a protein shake for an extra flavor and energy boost!
Kirkland Signature Cold Brew Nutritional Information
How Many Calories In Costco Cold Brew?
Each serving of coffee is going to be 1 can or 325ml (11 ounces) and will contain 15 calories. Those 15 calories are made up from 0 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, and 0 grams of protein.
More Hidden Macronutrients
One interesting thing to note about this nutritional label is that there are only 2 grams of carbs but 15 total calories.
Carbs, proteins, and fat have a fixed amount of calories per gram. Carbs and protein have 4 calories per gram and fat has 9 calories.
If there are only 2 grams of carbs in total in the cold brew then there should be only 8 calories, but instead there are 15 calories. There are additional calories coming from a combination of fat, carbs, and protein, that do not hit the threshold where they count as an additional gram on the nutritional label.
Obviously this is very minor, but something worth nothing.
Costco Cold Brew Coffee Review
Product Name: Kirkland Signature Cold Brew Coffee - 100% Colombian
Quantity: 12 Cans
Location Within Costco: Beverage Area
Price Per Can: $1.33
Costco’s cold brew coffee isn’t going to be for everyone, but it’s a great drink to have on hand for coffee lovers.
The cold brew is more than passable and its versatility is invaluable.
Value - 7/10
Convenience - 10/10
Taste - 8/10
Nutrition - 9/10
CFDB Score - 7/10
- Taste good
- Heavy on caffeine
- Unique and different coffee taste