Meet Cold-Brew Coffee, Your New Favorite Summer Staple

It's a new kind of liquid courage.

best cold-brew coffee brands
Chamleon Cold-Brew

It's time to trade in that hot cup of morning office sludge for a refreshing cold-brew coffee. Different than iced coffee, which is just your average hot coffee diluted with ice, cold-brew coffee is made without any added heat, resulting in a much bolder flavor, less acidity, and ... hallelujah! ... a more potent caffeine kick. For a breakdown of how to make your own cold brew at home, check out our helpful DIY guide. Here are our favorite cold-brew coffee brands to keep you buzzing.

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Grady's Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

$12.99 per 32-ounce bottle

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Certainly not your average cup of joe, we guarantee this robust New Orleans-style cold-brew coffee concentrate will liven up your morning routine. We love the earthy chicory root notes in this super smooth brew. Each 32-ounce bottle of concentrate makes 8 cups of delicious cold-brew coffee. Good morning, Grady's!

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La Colombe
La Colombe Pure Black Cold Brew Coffee​ (4-Pack)
$12.00

This Pure Black cold brew from the coffee experts at La Colombe is steeped for 16 hours in stainless steel wine tanks, then pressed and filtered twice. Slightly sweet and with a super clean finish, we think Pure Black tastes best served simply over ice.

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HeyDay
HeyDay Cold Brew Coffee (12-Pack)
$34.99

This canned cold-brew coffee from Austin-based brand HeyDay is medium-bodied, smooth, and tasty enough to sip solo without any milk or sweetener. Reviewers with sensitive stomachs love that this cold brew doesn't have a bitter or acidic finish, making it easy to sip at virtually any time of day. Try the espresso, vanilla, and chocolate varieties if you're looking for something a little sweeter.

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RISE Brewing Co.
RISE Brewing Co. Original Black Nitro Cold Brew Coffee (12-Pack)
$34.99

Why sip standard cold brew when you can upgrade to a super refreshing nitro-infused cold brew instead? Organic, sustainably sourced, and free of any harsh chemicals or additives, New York City-based brand RISE Brewing Co.'s Original Black Nitro Cold Brew has a beautiful cascading pour and deliciously smooth taste. This is a serious game-changer for your morning grind.

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Lucky Jack Double Black Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

$4.09 per 10-ounce bottle

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Infused with extra espresso, this big and bold Double Black Nitro Cold Brew from California-based brand Lucky Jack delivers a solid double dose of caffeine. Though the glass bottles are super convenient for sipping on the fly, we recommend pouring this beauty into a pint glass to fully admire this brew's foamy head and chocolatey hue.

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Chameleon Cold-Brew coffee
Chameleon Cold-Brew
Chameleon Cold-Brew

$10.79 per 32-ounce bottle

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Made with organic, sustainably farmed Latin American beans, Austin-based Chameleon Cold-Brew has a number of yummy variations, like vanilla and mocha (featured here), in addition to the super smooth flagship black-coffee brew.

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Wandering Bear Cold Brew Coffee

$12.99 per 36-ounce box

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This New York City-based company knows how to keep the city that never sleeps abuzz. These handy 96-ounce boxes each pour 16 individual servings of delicious cold brew, keeping office staffs nationwide properly caffeinated.

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High Brew Coffee Black & Bold Cold Brew Coffee
High Brew
High Brew Coffee Black & Bold

$23.75 for case of 12

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High Brew uses 100% direct-trade Arabica beans that are slow-roasted to perfection for each batch of their conveniently canned cold brews. These come in all sorts of tasty flavors — like Mexican Vanilla, Salted Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Mocha — but our personal favorite is the dairy-free Black & Bold.

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Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee

$4.59 per 10.5-ounce bottle

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By now, surely everyone has heard of Portland-based roasting giant Stumptown Coffee. If you haven't tried one of their outstanding cold brews yet, you're missing out! Super rich and potent, their original cold brew tastes best on the rocks, cut with a bit of milk or water.

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Slingshot Coffee Co. Concentrate Coffee

$22 for pack of two 16-ounce bottles

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Created by a husband-and-wife team based in North Carolina, Slingshot Coffee Co. is truly a match made in barista heaven. They only source beans that are in season, which means you'll get a different high-quality brew every few months.