Best Ice Coffee? Thoughts on Dare Cold Press / Barista Bros Ice Coffees?

So, I was at Coles yesterday and got one of these for $2 as it was on special and it seemed alright to try.

The strong latte option was what I picked and good lord it tastes terrible.
It actually tastes like when you just put a teaspoon of cheap freeze dried coffee in water with a bit of milk.

Should've got the Barista Bros Ice Coffee for $2.50 as I am quite sure it would have been better, although I haven't tried it.

My question is: How did you find both of these and which one do you prefer?

Seeing as it has been decided that both of these are quite bad - New question: which is your favourite ice coffee, where can you get it and how much is it?

Poll Options

  • 71
    Dare Cold Press Ice Coffee
  • 16
    Barista Bros Ice Coffee

Comments

  • +15 votes

    It actually tastes like when you just put a teaspoon of cheap freeze dried coffee in water with a bit of milk.

    I'm pretty sure that's actually how they make it….

  • +3 votes

    have you tried the baileys ice coffee? Im a big fan

  • +29 votes

    Barista Bros is crap because it's long-life milk

    •  

      Ugh… Why do they use long life milk? lol.

      • +28 votes

        To be stored in vending machines, and because they're owned by Coke

        • -1 vote

          Oh true I have seen it in vending machines, 2 for $6 at certain times of the day.
          I think Coke should personally just stay in the soft drink business and not try to be something they're not.

          Any recommendations?

        • +2 votes

          @pennypincher98:

          WA - Masters Iced Coffee, does the trick for me :)

        •  

          @Spackbace: First result:

          Lion Dairy & Drinks has recalled Farmers Union Iced Coffee, Masters Strawberry Milk, Masters Mocha, Masters Iced Coffee Light, Masters Chocolate, Masters Double Shot Iced Coffee and Pura Hilo Milk from Woolworths (Masters Iced Coffee Light only), IGA's and convenience stores  in WA due to microbial (coliforms) contamination. Food products contaminated with (coliforms) may cause illness if consumed. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice. The products can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

          This stuff?

        • +2 votes

          @pennypincher98:

          Yep, that's the one!

        • +1 vote

          @pennypincher98: Coca Cola Amital recently bought out Feral to get into craft beer…sigh

        •  

          @pennypincher98:

          "and not try to be something they're not".

          They kind of already ARE.

          Powerade, Vitamin Water, Smart Water. Coke does all kinds of drinks these days.

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          @FriendlyPhillip:
          Good thing I don't drink Powerade, vitamin water or smart water (what even is this!?! Hahaha) :)
          Yeah I agree.

      • +1 vote

        So they can store and ship it without refrigeration. I guess taste doesn't count when the cost of production/supply is low enough to counter the less sales the taste brings.

    • +1 vote

      Agreed. That UHT stuff is the pits.

    •  

      I went to my local IGA and happened to notice that they were just on the shelf. In the same aisle as the freeze dried coffee, instant coffee, tea bags etc.

      Coles try to trick you into thinking they need refrigeration by putting it in the fridges out the front? Or maybe just wish to provide you with a cold ice coffee?

  • +14 votes

    Barista Bros is disgusting, so bad.

  • +21 votes

    Dare Double Espresso is the best supermarket iced coffee by a significant margin… I've cut it out though, I've put on way too much weight from being hooked on the stuff!

    • +2 votes

      Agreed, I love Dare Double Espresso but unfortunately so does everyone else so sometimes it's sold out :/ Then I go get a mocha instead.

      Not exactly the healthiest though :P

  • +36 votes

    It’s a Farmers Union Ice Coffee or its nothing.

  • +10 votes

    The last time I tried a Dare I hated it coming from Farmers Union. I haven't tried either of the brands you mention.

    Now I prefer Ice Break on the rare occasions I drink Ice Coffee. Shit is diabetes, inflamation, weight gain and a serotonin crash in a in a bottle regardless of brand though I think. Very unhealthy for daily or regular consumers.

    • +4 votes

      Diabetes, inflammation, weight gain and a serotonin crash in a bottle

      LOL could not agree with you more there. Unfortunately, I like ice coffee so I'll deal with the aftermath later :/

      Ice Break Double Strength is good, but weirdly enough I don't like their regular strength one all that much. Maybe I'm just in for a massive caffeine dose lol :P

    • +4 votes

      Yeah, I gave up them for that reason too.

      Since getting a "proper" coffee machine at home I just iced lattes at home now - ice, cold milk and espresso shot. Make it in a Keep Cup if I want to drink it on the way to work.

      Used to do the same with the Nespresso too. Worked well.

      • +2 votes

        Or get a cold brew jug. 100g of ground coffee makes 8 cups of coffee overnight. Just add ice and milk.

        • +2 votes

          Cold brew is the shizzle. What beans do you use? I don't use a jug, I just fill a very large bowl with coffee and water, glad wrap on top and let it sit for a night (at least). Then I sift it in the morning and store it up to a week in plastic bottles.

        • +1 vote

          @BargainCowboy: The jug fits in the fridge door nicely, which is the main reason why i use it! I've basically used random coffee beans i have at home from aero-pressing. Just started the cold brew thing a few weeks ago. I bought some Vittoria beans as an experiment (on sale Woolies $15/kg) and it's not offensive as cold brew.. :D

        • +1 vote

          @Redang3lz:
          Wait for the 50% markdown on Lavazza.

      •  

        Maybe it's just me, but I can never make a proper iced coffee? With and without expensive machinery :)

        While we are on the subject of getting it other ways then a bottle, 7-11 Ice Coffee is the absolute worst thing I have tasted. It's drinkable without its special ice cup (just chuck it in a regular coffee cup) but that's weird and people judge accordingly.

        •  

          I'd take the 7-11 any day over the supermarket ones, at least it's real coffee, I can't see why you would prefer the instant supermarket varieties over it. Coldbrew is where it's at though, dead easy to make too.

          https://food52.com/blog/7317-how-to-make-cold-brewed-coffee

        • +1 vote

          @tryagain: Is coldbrew dead easy to make on the bus or train though? How about at coles? The thing is if I can make my own coffee well enough to drink it in the morning, then I don't need it. I make coffee from sachets later in the day, but that's because I am functioning and can make it before I crash lol

          Me neither, but oh well. Had it the other day (at a busy CBD store) and couldn't finish it. But I think 7-11 coffee is better at places with less customers though.

        • +1 vote

          @pennypincher98: With cold brew you can make batches that last a couple of weeks easily in the fridge, it would be too much of a PITA to do it everytime you wanted it but the beauty is that I make close to a litre in my perc at a time and that is pretty much a concentrate that is then watered down, I have a full auto that makes my morning coffee but in the afternoon when it's hotter it's the cold brew's time to come out and play. Did you use the liquid sugar sachets in the 7-11 Iced coffee, it would be pretty bitter if you didn't.

          edit. The other good thing about cold brew is that it isn't anywhere near as bitter as an espresso so you don't need much (or any) sugar.

        • +1 vote

          @tryagain: 7 11 coffee is good, but their iced coffee consists of buying a cup half full of industrial ice (the round ice with the hole in it).

          Then you add coffee and milk from the machine.

          It's terrible. Too much water.

        •  

          @Superannuation: I don't wait for all the ice to melt, mine doesn't last that long!

        •  

          Don’t need super equipments. I don’t drink ice coffee but a few friends who visit me often wants ice coffee at my place.

          So I make do with Nestle Dolce Gusto machine because I can make cold coffee with it as well as hot.

          So I put ice and sugar in a tall glass first then use the machine to brew in the room temperature milk and coffee.

          My friends love it and want a few glasses every time they are at my place. Give it a try. :)

        • -1 vote

          @tryagain: liquid sugar sachets? Not sure. Some people think that coffee tastes bitter with no sugar. I don't have sugar, and in my opinion a good coffee should never taste bitter.

          Hmm, I might try it but it still requires some level of motivation.

  • +11 votes

    Dare Double Espresso for me as well or FUIC if there's nothing else.

    I had a bottle of Grinders cold brew ice-coffee the other day, which was great if you like black ice coffee. Turn out it's a concentrate that you're supposed to water down, not neck the whole thing in one sitting. Really nice, anyway. And now only two more sleeps until Xmas!

  • +1 vote

    I quite like 8 Bar Ice Coffee from Woolworths, maybe it's the packaging but I really like the flavour. Seems to be always out of stock though…

    •  

      8 Bar is now deleted, Apparently they've got something new coming soon

      •  

        Oh what :(

        • +1 vote

          They're at my local IGA too - might be at one near you?

          +1 for 8 Bar. Not so ridiculously sugary so tastes closer to a homemade one.

          That being said, you can make it at home. Store a few batches of black coffee in the fridge and add milk as you serve it.

    •  

      Yeah I'm not so sure of a coffee that requires a trick to open when your not sitting at a table, otherwise your likely to spill some.

      The trick is don't open it more than half way.

      And nothing too special about the taste or texture for its premium price.

  •  

    I normalley by some $2 ice coffee from woolies but noticed it went up 15c last week im sure it has got to do with the bottle collection kiosk.

  • +3 votes

    Oh god. Now we have ice coffee connoisseurs. Regardless of brand, its just trashy coffee with trashy milk and a nice overdose of refined sugar.

    Buy your latte, leave on desk for a few hours. Cold coffee done. Yum!

    Buy an espresso. Top up with cold unhomogenised milk. Cold coffee done. Yum!

    •  

      Lol I'm quite sure this is the method behind 7-11 Ice Coffees.

      It's not all trashy coffee or trashy milk, and the cold press apparently only has 1 teaspoon of sugar but the rest are overloaded with sugar :)

  • +1 vote

    South Australia is the only place in the world where a flavoured milk drink out sells coca-cola and that milk drink is Farmers Union Low Fat Iced Coffee.

  • +1 vote

    Iced Coffee, dammit! Iced Coffee!

  • +1 vote

    The I don't mind the 711 iced coffee, I put an extra shot in and no sugar. Good for $2

  •  

    8Bar triple shot, $3 at Coles and Woolies

    •  

      Sounds great, what varieties for want of a better word does it come in? And how big is the bottle? Triple Shot sounds exactly like what I need in the morning.

      • +2 votes

        Latte, Double Shot and Triple Shot. Triple shot has a very slight 'cough medicine' flavour to it. They did make a normal 'single shot' but I haven't seen it for a long time. I assume everyone buys double or triple so they stopped making it. Latte = ass obviously. My local Woolies stopped carrying 8Bar but I live in NT and No. 1 selling Iced Coffee is Pausl Iced Coffee. 8Bar does not come in bottle it comes in a cup sealed with foil and a plastic lid like normal coffee. They are 300ml. I like them because I don't want to drink sugar anymore and while they still have sugar in them it's not as much and due to the smaller serving size you're getting half the amount of sugar that way too.

        • +1 vote

          Oh I think I've seen these!! Yeah I'll give them a shot some time :)

          (Not sure whether to edit out the pun or just go with it)

      •  

        mate you need more sleep if you are needing a triple shot coffee to get you going in the morning!

    • -1 vote

      I quite like 8bar, but hate the gimmicky packaging. Just give me a normal bottle!

  • +6 votes

    +1 for Barista Bros tasting like long-life bin juice

  • +1 vote

    Pauls Iced Coffee is the shit.

    Anyone else agree?

  • +1 vote

    How much sugar though

  • +1 vote

    Fleurieu Milk Company Iced Coffee.

    Not sure it's available outside of SA but for me it's the perfect balance of coffee and sweetness. If they're sold out then the only other good option is regular Farmers Union Iced Coffee but Fleurieu is stronger without the excessive sweetness of FUIC's Strong line.

  • +5 votes

    Vietnamese iced coffee. It'll change your life.

    Can get it from vietnamese restaurants or bakeries.

    Cost about $3-$4.

    •  

      That'd be Caphe'Sua Da Bob.

      Iced coffee in a bottle is for those without tastebuds.

    • -4 votes

      I'm sure the Japanese supermarket will also change my life but that doesn't mean I'm necessarily willing to try it - once was enough for me.

      What's in a Vietnamese iced coffee that makes it different?

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