We probably should have known better than to embark on a taste test of 9 different canned coffee energy drinks, but we were curious (and a few of the brands we tasted when trying to figure out the best ready-to-drink canned coffee also offered an added-energy version.) How'd they fare? Not so good.
'canned coffee' on Serious Eats
Coffee at its best is freshly ground and freshly brewed. We like the burr grinder, the French press, the Chemex pot...So how did we find ourselves sipping 20 different ready-to-drink canned and bottled coffees in the Serious Eats office? Well, sometimes you're on a road trip, and the only option is gas station coffee. Sometimes you're stranded at home and out of beans. And sometimes the bizarre new concoctions in the drinks case of your local store just call to you. But should you grab a ready-to-drink coffee in a can or bottle? We were determined to find out.
I'd like to introduce you to a little friend of mine—and a guilty pleasure, to boot: Mr. Brown. That's right, your resident coffee nerd has a not-so-secret crush on a Taiwanese brand of in-case-of-emergencies grab-and-go iced coffee.