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Chameleon Cold-Brew Review: Healthier Coffee That’s Only a Pour Away

As busy moms, there’s nothing like that first cup of coffee in the morning to get your day started on the right foot. But sometimes, even finding the time to make it is tough, let alone being able to enjoy it while it’s still hot! …and that’s where Chameleon Cold-Brew steps in!

For Moms & Moms-to-be*

THE PRODUCTS:

Let me start off my saying that just because the name “cold” is in the name, you don’t have to drink cold-brew that way. In fact, cold-brew refers to coffee that is prepared by the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time, as opposed to the other methods of using hot water to brew coffee.

So now that you know…

Chameleon’s Cold-Brew (Organic Coffee) is best known for their Coffee Concentrates, which are literally just a concentrated version of your every day coffee. Since coffee that is cold-brewed is automatically less acidic than it’s counterparts, you will find that these concentrates have a smooth and rich finish and can be enjoyed straight up, diluted, hot or iced, black or creamy, sweet or not.

Available in both 16 oz (4 servings) or 32 oz (8 servings) recyclable glass bottles, Chameleon’s Cold-Brew Coffee Concentrates come in various flavors including: Caramel, Texas Pecan, Black, Vanilla and Mocha. Plus, all of their coffees are Organic – which actually is really important! (You can ready more about why it matters, here.)

They have also come out with a line of ready-to-drink coffees, some which are sweetened, some which are not – but all of which save you that extra step of pouring them into a glass or mug if you are really that pressed for time, or you need to pick one up when you are out running errands.

NUTRITION-FACTS:

So how is cold-brew made, you ask? As mentioned, the term “cold-brew” refers to the process of making the coffee, not the temperature of the final product. Beans are ground then soaked in room temperature water for an extended period of time, usually 12 hours or more. Chameleon soaks its beans in Texas Hill Country water for 16 hours to ensure an even cold-brew experience. The result? A super-smooth, less acidic and highly caffeinated coffee that can be served hot or cold.

Yes, cold-brew really does have less acidity than your traditional cup of coffee, thanks to the prolonged steeping process, which allows oils and tannins to be released, resulting in a less acidic coffee filled with a smoother flavor.  In fact, Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee has around half the acidity of traditional coffee.

Cold-brew coffee often yields twice (if not more) caffeine content than a regular cup, which is another plus for many of us moms! On average, a Chameleon Cold-Brew ready to drinks range in 150mg to 250mg of caffeine per bottle, and the Chameleon Cold-Brew concentrates average 65mg of caffeine per ounce, undiluted. The flavored cold-brews are on the lower end of the spectrum, while their black and espresso cold-brew is on the higher end of the spectrum.

*For an average adult, the recommended caffeine intake ranges between 300-400 mg per day. For Chameleon Cold-Brew, this consists of two ready-to-drink bottles or a couple glasses of concentrate. However, moms that are expecting should limit their caffeine intake to a total of 200mg per day (per most OBGYN’s orders). Please beware of this if you are a coffee drinker. While it can’t be said that caffeine has a proven negative effect on pregnancy and newborns, when it comes to the health of my unborn child, I rather err on the side of caution.

THE COMPANY:

Chameleon Cold-Brew all started in 2010 in Austin, Texas. Chris Campbell and Steve Williams, neighbors and self-professed coffee geeks, were hell-bent on creating the best tasting coffee, EVER. After experimenting for months with different formulas and brewing methods they finally found the right blend of highly select, perfectly roasted Arabica beans (Organic, of course), pure Hill Country water, and brewing time and temperature to make the perfect batch of cold brew coffee.

Everyone who tasted it was knocked sideways. From its exceptionally smooth, rich flavor to its dramatically reduced acidity to the jitter-free punch of natural caffeine it provided, this coffee was something rare and special. It quickly earned lots of fans, and buyers soon demanded more and more products and flavors, helping to make the line what it is today.

WHERE TO BUY:

You can purchase Chameleon Cold-Brew via their Online Store, or at Amazon.com, AmazonFresh, or by using their Store Locator to find the natural grocer or large retailer nearest you.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

It’s definitely been a hot minute since I started drinking coffee, but truthfully, I’ve always enjoyed it warm. Yes, I do like drinking blended coffee drinks when it’s hot, but there’s a lot to be said about a nice warm cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

Well, at least I used to feel this way. Before getting hooked on cold-brew that is! Now, I can’t tell you the last time I made a cup of “traditional” coffee at home! Not to say my coffee is always cold – I will heat it up on the stove every now and again, and will often drink it luke-warm – but I’d say 99% of the time I’m drinking cold-brew. And boy do I love it!

As you read above, cold-brew refers to the process that the coffee is made, not the actual temperature. You also learned that it has a much smoother “bite” and is much less acidic. These are the reasons I have become so enamored with it! And while I do love making my own, there is no easier cup of coffee than that from Chameleon Cold-Brew!

Not only do all of their flavors taste fabulous, they are so easy and convenient to make that you’ll never have an excuse not to enjoy your morning cup of Joe! Well ok, maybe you won’t actually be able to sit down and enjoy it, but at least you’ll have it waiting for you once you deal with the kids ;).

Whether you prefer your coffee hot or cold, with a splash of milk, blended with ice, as part of a recipe with booze, or straight up and strong, Chameleon Cold-Brew has something for you! So go ahead and try one – or all – of their products today because it’s those small steps that make healthy living a lifestyle, so why not take one today?!

For more information about Chameleon Cold-Brew, please visit their website and check them out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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