As I write today with a coffee in hand (just a regular instant Moccona), I am remembering the iced coffee of my childhood. Mum made it seem so glamorous when in fact it was just plain milk, a few ice cubes and probably a mere skerrick of actual instant coffee.
This concoction was shaken up in a plastic container that looked like a big cup with a separate lid. Once these two parts were together, the aim was to shake the living daylights out of the contents to produce a blended drink. Does anyone remember these?
Are You My Friend Mr Iced Coffee?
These days, there is no such effort or physical feat required to get yourself an iced coffee. All you need to do is buy it, crack it open and enjoy. No hunting and gathering required.
The thing is, as we have discussed previously on this blog, the flavoured milk market is not only diverse but can also be a veritable nutrition minefield to navigate. There are sugar, fat and calorie potholes to fall into at every turn.
Newish Kid On The Block
A couple of years ago, a new iced coffee brand emerged in Western Australia. Cleverly named Hunt and Brew, they are all about single origin coffee beans from various locations around the world. They have several flavour varieties available and all with no added sugar.You just need to decide which country you would like to travel to.
I love their iced coffee for the amazing flavour and the absence of overpowering sweetness that is often the case with other coffee flavoured milks. These guys put actual coffee into their product too.
Please note that if you drink the full 400ml bottle in one hit, you have just consumed 224mg caffeine. This is equivalent to almost three shots of coffee.
What About The Others?
There are more than three iced coffees on the market but let’s compare three of the most popular.
Masters and Hunt and Brew have the closest nutrient profiles but the purchase sizes do differ. If looking solely from a cost perspective, the larger size in the Masters does appear to be more economical.
Think about those times when you find yourself in the supermarket and as you are rushing around, you notice the SUPER specials located at the end of the aisle. Those half price Tim Tam’s seem like just the ticket right now, despite the fact that you only came into the supermarket to get milk and bread.
It’s exactly the same thing in the iced coffee dilemma – lower price or better for you?
Calling all iced coffee lovers – what would you choose and how do you like yours?