Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee- Wegman's: Cherry Hill, NJ

Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee- Wegman's: Cherry Hill, NJ
Coffee-coffee-coffee-coffee-coffee chameleon! (I couldn't resist.)

The macarons I picked up during my last trip to Wegman's were a big let down, but maybe this cold brewed coffee concentrate will make that trip worth while.

I mention this in a lot of my posts, but I'm not a coffee drinker. I enjoy the taste of coffee occasionally, but my boyfriend is absolutely addicted to this stuff. He hardly ever goes a day without it, so I tend to buy a lot of coffee flavored snacks and sweets for us to try together. Since he came over this weekend to make pizza and go swimming I thought it'd be the perfect time to share my latest find, this adorable chameleon-themed coffee.

Whenever I go to Wegman's I like to wander through the organic and vegetarian/vegan food aisles. Although I don't follow any kind of strict diet (as you can tell from the contents of this blog), I do like a lot of savory vegan and vegetarian foods. While I was wandering through the refrigerated section looking for some lunch this adorable glass bottle caught my eye.

Well, to be honest, it was more-so the adorable chameleon logo that grabbed my attention. It's freaking precious! It's a simplified illustration of a striped chameleon! How could I resist? All it took was some cute (recyclable) packaging and the word "coffee" and into my cart it went.

It's safe to say that I love this packaging, after all the design was the main reason I bought it, but the glass bottle is thick, sturdy, and entirely recyclable. There is nothing about this design or execution that I don't like.

Upon further inspection, this coffee is actually low acidity, which works really well for me. One of the reasons why coffee is such a rare treat for me is that the acidity really upsets my stomach. If I drink more than a small cup I end up curled up in a ball on the couch clutching my stomach, which is just as fun as it sounds. (Prior to starting this blog I had a lot of stomach issues including ulcers, so I tend to take it easy on my stomach whenever I can.)  Since this stuff is supposedly low acidity, I shouldn't get any stomach pains afterwards. I'm actually going to drink a full glass of this stuff with my breakfast and see how things go.

The label states that you can drink this hot or cold, and mix it with milk (or any milk-variation or substitute) or water, but really you can mix this with whatever you like, it just recommends a 1-to-1 ratio. For my drink I used whole milk, since that is what I prefer, and I didn't add any sweetener at first.

I took a sip, and the coffee flavoring was strong, but surprisingly smooth. Although the flavor was a bit too intense for me on it's own, I really did like the flavoring. After I added two packets of sugar and gave everything a stir , this coffee was really delicious! (And this is coming from a person who very rarely drinks coffee.)

Now, it tasted great, but what about that low acidity? Was is low enough for me not to have stomach cramps? It was! Oh man, I can't remember the last time I had an entire glass of coffee without any stomach problems at all. I know I have reviewed coffee drinks in the past, and I've enjoyed them, but I usually ended up hating myself later when I was curled up rubbing my poor stomach, but this had no painful repercussions.

Since this coffee was really delicious, and I felt perfectly fine the next day, I asked my boyfriend to make me another iced coffee along with his first cup of coffee for breakfast.I may have bought this because of my boyfriend's love of coffee and the cute label, but this is an item I will repurchase in the future just for myself. If you have any kind of acidity troubles preventing you from drinking coffee I highly recommend this brand.
© Maria Smith
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  1. Consider throwing a double- or triple-shot into your favorite beverage, because just one might not cut it for the more hardcore caffeine addicts. Or you could make a Red Eye- a shot of espresso inside a cup of coffee, or as we like to call it, beanception.

    1. That sounds like something my coffee-addicted boyfriend would enjoy. One espresso shot definitely isn't enough for him anymore.