8 Ready-to-Drink Cold Brew Options for When You Just Can’t Wait Hours to DIY

updated May 11, 2020
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Summer may be weeks away, but cold brew season has officially begun. For coffee lovers, it’s the ultimate warm-weather drink, readily available at your local coffee shop or cafe. But with so many shops either closed or limiting service right now, getting your fix can be a bit tricky — not to mention time consuming (an hourlong wait in a drive-through?!). And while you could make your own cold brew at home, that could take up to 24 hours, and sometimes we just want our coffee STAT. Thankfully, some of your favorite roasters have created cold brew concentrates and ready-to-drink beverages that you can order online and get delivered to your doorstep, letting you enjoy the perfect cup of cold-brew in just a matter of minutes seconds. Check out some of our top picks below.

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1. Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee

We couldn’t round up the best pre-made cold brew options without including Starbucks. This unsweetened cold brew is affordable, delicious, and ready to drink right out of the bottle. There’s even a sweetened version for those who enjoy their cold brew with a dash of sugar.

Buy: Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee (6 pack), $17

2. Cold Brew Club

You had us at “monthly cold brew delivered straight to your door.” Cold Brew Club delivers ethically sourced cold brew concentrate from premium roasters to your home every month. Even better, it’s actually delivered cold. Simply mix in water, top with ice, and say “aaaah.”

Buy: Cold Brew Club Membership, $60/month

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3. Wandering Bear Organic Cold Brew Coffee On Tap

If you’re looking to stock up for summer, check out this shelf-stable cold brew from Wandering Bear, which features a tap for easy pouring. Made with fair-trade-certified coffee beans and water, this cold brew is healthy, organic, and naturally sugar free. There’s even an on-the-go pack of 12 11-oz. cartons of straight black cold brew that are a whole lot easier to store for those who are short on space.

Buy: Wandering Bear Organic Cold Brew Coffee On Tap, $30

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4. Jot Coffee

Jot Coffee is not for the faint of heart. A single tablespoon of their highly concentrated “ultra coffee” — 20 times more concentrated than traditional coffee(!) — can be transformed into espresso, iced coffee, or cold brew. A single bottle yields 14 cups of strong coffee, and if you snag the set of three, you score an additional 5 percent off.

Buy: Jot Coffee, starts at $24

5. Williams Sonoma Cold Brew Concentrate

If you’re looking for a strong yet delicious blend, check out this award-winning cold brew concentrate from Williams Sonoma. Made from 100% Arabic beans sourced from the world’s prime coffee regions, this smooth brew boasts flavors of chocolate and spices. Rumor has it this brew pairs great in cocktails, too.

Buy: Williams Sonoma Cold Brew Concentrate, $7 (normally $17)

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6. Grady’s Cold Brew Concentrate

This New Orleans-style cold brew is crafted and bottled by hand in Brooklyn, NY, and perfect for those who like a stronger, bolder beverage. Made with a special blend of freshly roasted coffee and chicory, this bold, velvety-smooth blend tastes like it comes from the coffee shop.

Buy: Grady’s Cold Brew Concentrate, $7

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7. Chameleon Cold Brew Concentrate

Cold brew and chocolate? Say no more. This mocha cold brew is made with a touch of cocoa extract. Try it straight up or dilute it with some almond milk for an icy take on hot chocolate. Black and vanilla coffee options are also available.

Buy: Chameleon Cold Brew Concentrate, $12

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8. La Colombe Cold Brew Concentrate

La Colombe’s cold brew concentrate lets you make your drink just the way you like it. Simply add water or your favorite coffee mate, like oat milk or cream, and you’re good to go. One bottle of concentrate yields one gallon of cold brew, but it’s formulated to be perfect in both large batches or single servings.

Buy: La Colombe Cold Brew Concentrate, $28

What’s your secret to instant cold brew gratification? Let us know in the comments below!