Starting life as a coffee cart in South-West London’s leafy Fulham, BottleShot Brew delivers a fresh take on coffee subscription services.
Rather than delivering packets of coffee beans or grounds, they do the brewing for you and deliver a bottle of cold brew made from Arabica beans for a coffee that’s just as speedy but far, far tastier than instant rubbish.
It’s also perfect if you don’t have your own coffee machine but still want to enjoy a quality brew.
Being the coffee addict that I am, I was pretty darn excited to receive a bottle to try out, courtesy of BottleShot Brew. Now, can we just take a moment to appreciate how darn cute the packaging is? And even better, the bottles are 100% recyclable.*
*UPDATE 04/08/2017: Since publishing, BottleShot have been in touch to advise that they were misinformed about their packaging and unfortunately it’s not recyclable. This is really disappointing news, however, they have confirmed they are now in the process of switching to recyclable bottles. In the meantime, their sturdy and great-looking bottles are perfect for at-home reuse, so all is not lost!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample product in exchange for a fair and honest review. See full disclaimer below.
Cold brew coffee seems to be all the rage at the moment. Not to be confused with iced coffee (hot coffee poured over ice), cold brew is made by steeping roasted coffee beans in cold or room-temperature water for a length of time to get a richer, less acidic coffee in a concentrate form.
Each half-litre BottleShot canister contains 7 shots of concentrated coffee so with each delivery you’re set for the week (unless you’re a multiple-cups-a-day kinda person like me). However, cold brew doesn’t go stale as quickly as regular coffee so this can last in the fridge for up to four weeks (two for the freshest taste).
This concentrated coffee smells incredible. I mean, all coffee smells pretty good to me but as soon as I took the lid off the bottle, my nose was in heaven and I was pretty tempted to drink the liquid neat, straight from the bottle…
You can use the concentrate to make either hot or cold coffee so naturally, I tried both.
In London’s recent mini heatwave, the iced coffee was a dream. I used one shot coffee and two shots cashew milk (my new favourite dairy-free alternative) but of course, any milk will do the job. Served over a stack of ice, it was delicious.
To make a strong, hot latte I used two shots of coffee, two shots of boiling water and four shots of warmed and frothed hazelnut milk (another new addition to my milk rotation). Again, it was so, so good! Nice and creamy and the cold brew blends really well with both hot and cold mixers.
I also went a little rogue and made a choc-banana smoothie with a shot of the coffee for the perfect morning pick-me-up! I’ll try to post the recipe soon but it basically involved almond milk, frozen banana, cacao powder and coffee. Yum!
Cold brew coffee is marketed as being just as strong caffeine-wise but less bitter than regular coffee and that’s pretty spot-on. I don’t take sugar in my coffee anyway (unless it’s a particularly hideous instant) but I can imagine even sugar-users wouldn’t need it with the concentrate. It’s not sweet exactly but the slight bitterness and acidity of regular coffee is not there. It’s super-smooth and more subtle flavour.
A weekly subscription of BottleShot Brew costs £10 per bottle (with free delivery), which works out at around £1.40 per coffee. Bargain! As someone who buys a coffee pretty much daily for up to £3 each, this could seriously save me a fortune.
And the best news?! If you sign up now, you get your first bottle FREE! Just visit the BottleShot Brew website to place your order.
At the moment, the company only delivers in South West London but for those in other areas of the city, you can request a shipping quote.
Now if you’ll excuse me, the caffeine is calling me…
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample product in exchange for a fair and honest review. All views are entirely my own and not influenced by the manufacturer or its affiliates in any way. I was not financially compensated for this post. Links are not affiliate.
Have you tried cold brew coffee? Let me know your thoughts below!