Cold Brew: FAQ

What is Cold Brew Coffee? How is Cold Brew made? Ingredients? 

Our Cold Brew Coffee is made by steeping ground beans in cold water for 20 hours.

Then its canned.

That’s it. Nuthin’ else. Nuthin’ needed.

The result: Deep, dark, delicious, black, unsweetened, refreshing, low-acid, kick-ass, low-calorie Cold Brew Coffee.

It’s the same Organic & Fairtrade beans we use for our regular coffee, roasted right in the Rocky Mountains and steeped for 20 hours in cold filtered water. This process gives the coffee a very smooth textured feel. Also, it’s delicious.


How is Cold Brew Coffee different than regular coffee?

The difference between our Cold Brew Coffee and regular ‘hot coffee’ is that our Cold Brew possesses slightly more caffeine, less acidity, more body and is ready-to-drink (it’s in a can, bucko!)


How is Cold Brew Coffee different than iced coffee?

Iced coffee is regular coffee, brewed hot and then cooled, typically by chilling or adding to ice. Cold Brew is brewed cold. Yup. Just like it sounds. There’s no heat. Just ground beans, steeped in cool water for 20 hours. This means more body, less acid, more caffeine and great taste!

  • Blends: Our Cold Brew blends use the same great Fairtrade & Organic beans we use for our packaged coffees, but in different proportions. Recipes are created specifically for the Cold Brew blends to maximize flavour.
  • Roasting: Our Cold Brew blends are all post-roast blends. That means we roast different batches of beans separately and then mix them. Mixing different degrees of roasting provides us with optimal flavour characteristics and unique blend complexity.
  • Grinding: We use a sophisticated grind size developed to ensure ideal extraction and filtering for the brewing process.
  • Brewing: After grinding, our beans are steeped in cold, filtered water for twenty (20) hours using a proprietary process. Yup, we think we figured out the best way.
  • Quality Assurance: Our Cold Brew is tested and analyzed for nutritional and caffeine content. All batches are pasteurized to ensure food safety and optimal shelf life (145 days from production). As a result, our Cold Brew must be kept refrigerated at all times. Keep it cool!

Do you use Kicking Horse Coffee’s Kick Ass beans to make the Kick Ass Cold Brew?

Cold Brew Coffee has different taste profiles than hot coffee so the recipes/blends are slightly different, but they’ve been optimized so that a Kick Ass hot coffee lover should also love our Kick Ass Cold Brew. That said, a coffee drinker's cold and hot beverage preference might be different. All our cold and hot coffee beans are 100% Fairtrade and 100% Organic. The best way to discover a personal preference? Try it!


Do you use Kicking Horse Coffee Smart Ass beans to make the Smart Ass Cold Brew?

Cold Brew coffee has different taste profiles than hot coffee so the recipes/blends are slightly different, but they’ve been optimized so that a Smart Ass hot coffee lover should also love our Smart Ass Cold Brew. That said, a coffee drinker’s cold and hot beverage preference might be different. All our cold and hot coffee beans are 100% Fairtrade and 100% Organic.


Is the Cold Brew Organic and Fairtrade?

Yes, 100% Organic & Fairtrade!


Is the Cold Brew kosher?

Nope. Not at the moment. Our beans are kosher but our co-packer’s manufacturing facility isn’t kosher. 


Is the Cold Brew Gluten Free?

Yes. The only ingredients are coffee and water, and coffee is gluten-free. 


What is the shelf life of Cold Brew?

Cold Brew is good on the refrigerated shelf for 145 days from production.


Kicking Horse Cold Brew is in a can: why do I need to keep it refrigerated?

  • Keeping it refrigerated provides a superior taste.
  • In order to maintain the best taste, our process only uses a pasteurization method. That means it stays high in taste, but low in acid content. And low acid content requires refrigeration in order to preserve quality. So, want great taste? Keep it cool!

Do all Cold Brews need to be refrigerated? If not, why are the others shelf stable?

If they've been processed differently from our cold brew, they may not have to be kept refrigerated. Our research indicates that our Cold Brew is best tasting when kept cool. Like other food kept in the fridge, keeping our Cold Brew cool means it's safe and fresh. In the interests of safety, we don't recommend drinking our cold brew if it has been left unrefrigerated.


How much caffeine does Kicking Horse Coffee Cold Brew have versus Kicking Horse Regular Hot Coffee?

Cold Brew generally has more caffeine per mL than regular drip coffee, however, it all depends on how much coffee you're using in your water. Our Cold Brew has more caffeine per mL than the drip coffee we serve in our café. One 10 oz can of our Cold Brew has roughly the same amount of caffeine as a 16 oz cup of coffee served in our café.


How much caffeine does Kicking Horse Coffee Cold Brew have versus an energy drink (say Red Bull)?

Typically, there is more caffeine per mL in Cold Brew Coffee than in energy drinks. However, remember that when consuming caffeine one should also factor in volume consumed. Our Cold Brew can is 296 mL, an energy drink can be upwards of 500 mL, nearly twice as much product. In addition, there can many more stimulants in energy drinks besides caffeine. Our Cold Brew is super simple: just coffee and water. That's it, nothing else needed.

Interested in how much caffeine is in other products? Check out this site cataloging some U.S. beverages.: https://www.caffeineinformer.com/the-caffeine-database


How else can I enjoy Cold Brew?

Add anything you want! Especially whatever you would add to your regular coffee.


Can I bake or cook with Cold Brew?

Sure, we encourage you to experiment! We’ll post recipe ideas on kickinghorsecoffee.com soon!


Why do some Cold Brews have Nitrogen?

Nitrogen gives Cold Brew a creamy texture, and is typically found in cafés, on tap. Our Cold Brew Coffee does not have nitrogen in it.


What about recycling?

Our Cold Brew cans are currently recyclable in all provinces. However, the label is a sleeve which must be removed in order to recycle the cans in Quebec. But this sleeve issue won't last long, as we only have a limited supply of Cold Brew in Quebec, and in the not too distant future, all our cans will have pre-printed labels (no sleeve) so they'll be easy to recycle in Quebec as well!

In BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan a there's a deposit charged at the time of purchase of our Cold Brew can. When the can is returned to a recycling facility, you get the deposit back. Thanks for recycling!


Where can I buy it?

Find out where to buy our Cold Brew Coffee on our website. We’ll show the store nearest to you!

Our Cold Brew Coffee is made by steeping ground beans in cold water for 20 hours.

Then it’s canned.

That’s it. Nuthin’ else. Nuthin’ needed.