The Takeout: Is Store-Bought Cold Brew as Good as a Coffee Shop’s?

Good cold brew is truly one of life’s great pleasures. The best versions are smooth, rich, and easy to enjoy black—and are arguably worth the price tag (typically around $4 for a 16 oz. cup). Cold brew is not, however, a niche product—at least not anymore. Once the domain of only the most specialized coffee shops, like Stumptown or Intelligentsia, the name—and brewing process—of cold brew has been adopted by the likes of Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons, and, of course, that other multinational coffee chain. You can also get it in the drinks section of your grocery store, with bottled or canned options from brands like Grady’s, Stok, and Starbucks.

But how similar are these packaged products to their coffee shop counterparts?

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