Review: Califia Farms Iced Coffee with AlmondMilk

6th June 2013

After trying out Califia Farms’ Pure AlmondMilk series, I was very excited to try their new series: Califia Farms Iced Coffee with AlmondMilk. These ready-to-drink cold brewed drinks are available in three delicious flavors: Double Espresso, Café Latte, and Mocha. All of the Califia Farms Iced Coffee beverages are made with all-natural, organic fair-trade Arabica coffee beans and come in at just 80-100 calories per 8 oz. serving. The products are all 100% vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-,soy-, and dairy-free.

Note (7/1/14): Some of their beverages aren’t vegan, please read article here.

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about

“Califia Farms was founded in 2010 by beverage visionary and Odwalla founder Greg Steltenpohl, the company produces all of its products locally in California. Califia Farms’ new plant is eco-friendly, energy efficient, clean-water responsible and repurposes more than 90% of its post-production byproduct. State-of-the-art technology locks in freshness and ensures year round flavor consistency. The name Califia comes from a Spanish legend, telling of a warrior queen called Califia who ruled over a kingdom of women living on the mythical island of California. Spanish conquistadors believed they had discovered Califia’s bountiful island when they first explored California – and so gave the state its name” (Califia Farms Biography, January 2013).

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Three flavors: Mocha, Café Latte, and Double Espresso, packaged in a 48 oz. (1.4 L) BPA-free bottle. They also make CaliCoco 100% Coconut Water, Citrus Juices and Pure AlmondMilk in three varieties: Vanilla, Creamy and Unsweetened. View my review on Califia Farms Pure AlmondMilk and Citrus Juices.

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where to buy

As for availability, they are in CA, OR, IL and WI so far, but fans of Califia Farms should stay tuned as more retailers pick them up this summer.

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the verdict

Unsurprisingly, the Mocha is the sweetest, Double-Espresso the most bitter and Café-Latte the most mild of the range. For the best results, shake the ice coffee almondmilk beverages prior to drinking (especially every time) because some of contents may settle on the bottom. Please read the verdict below for each flavor:


café latte

This has the lightest brown color of the range, containing 90 calories per 8-oz. serving. This is perfect for anyone who wishes to have low-calorie and mild coffee flavors. It is not too sweet as the other two.

Calories per Serving (8-oz.): 90 | Total Fat: 3g | Sodium: 160mg | Total Carb: 14g | Dietary Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 12g | Protein: 1g

Ingredients
Arabica coffee (filtered water, coffee extract), almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), pure cane sugar.

Contains less than 2% of the following: vitamin blend [vitamin a, vitamin e (tocopheryl), vitamin d2, vitamin b2 (riboflavin), vitamin b12, zinc], natural flavors, gellan gum, carrageenan, mineral blend (calcium carbonate, potassium citrate, sea salt), sunflower lecithin.

ALLERGEN STATEMENT: Contains Almonds.


double espresso

It appears as a medium brown color and contains 80 calories per 8-oz. serving, which has the lowest calories of the range. It has a mild and slightly bitter espresso flavor. This one has the most noticeable coffee flavor than the other two. Double Espresso is generally strong on its own, however the flavor achieves a good balance between the Califia Farms’ Pure AlmondMilk and Double Espresso. This is my partner Doni’s favorite because he drinks double espresso everyday and occasionally it is nice to have a sweeter version around. Perfect for true coffee lovers.

Calories per Serving (8-oz.): 80 | Total Fat: 3g | Sodium: 160mg | Total Carb: 12g | Dietary Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 10g | Protein: 2g

Ingredients
Arabica coffee (filtered water, coffee extract), almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), pure cane sugar.

Contains less than 2% of the following: vitamin blend [vitamin a, vitamin e (tocopheryl), vitamin d2, vitamin b2 (riboflavin), vitamin b12, zinc], natural flavors, gellan gum, carrageenan, mineral blend (calcium carbonate, potassium citrate, sea salt), sunflower lecithin.

ALLERGEN STATEMENT: Contains Almonds.


mocha

The flavor has the highest calories, sugar and fat of the range. It tastes sweeter than the other two. The color appears a dark brown. The flavor is a blend of chocolate AlmondMilk and very mild coffee. This is my favorite and perfect for any chocolate lovers. For the best results, shake the beverage prior to drinking very often because the contents may settle on the bottom.

Calories per Serving (8-oz.): 100 | Total Fat: 3.5g | Sodium: 190mg | Total Carb: 16g | Dietary Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 15g | Protein: 2g

Ingredients
Arabica coffee (filtered water, coffee extract), almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), pure cane sugar.

Contains less than 2% of the following: vitamin blend [vitamin a, vitamin e (tocopheryl), vitamin d2, vitamin b2 (riboflavin), vitamin b12, zinc], natural flavors, gellan gum, carrageenan, mineral blend (calcium carbonate, potassium citrate, sea salt), sunflower lecithin.

ALLERGEN STATEMENT: Contains Almonds.

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DISCLAIMER
This item(s) was kindly sent to me to review by Califia Farms . All products that are mentioned and reviewed here on my vegan blog are of my own personal opinions and I am not being compensated to review them, only just to share my thoughts. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.

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