The Austin-based coffee brand Cuvée made waves years ago by becoming the first company to can nitro cold-brew. Since then, in addition to the original black coffee offering, Cuvée has released other flavors in that line such as hemp oil and horchata.
But the lineup is expanding in a big way this month with the launch of four new nitro cold-brew flavors — and one of them might come across as very unexpected. All in cans, the flavors are vanilla, mocha, banana and lemon ginger. Each one has a creamy texture, 80 calories and no dairy ingredients.
The vanilla in particular is likely to be popular, given that it’s "modeled after the best-selling cold brew drink at Cuvée Coffee Bar, the Texas Teddy," according to a news release. Cuvée opened a coffee shop on East Sixth Street in 2014 that, in addition to serving a variety of caffeinated drinks, serves up craft beer, too.
But let’s go back to banana. Yes, that’s the one that might give you pause. Does it sound good? Does it sound gross? Give it a chance before making any judgments. The banana essence doesn’t overwhelm, for one thing, and reminds me of a favorite childhood breakfast — freshly chopped banana pieces in a bowl of Cheerios and milk.
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Lemon ginger is also an unusual-sounding cold-brew coffee flavor (though maybe not when it comes to cider — Austin Eastciders released a limited lemon-ginger cider in 2018).
Then there’s the mocha. Common coffee option, right? Maybe, in this case, think again.
"The mocha’s unique flavor reminds founder Mike McKim of one of his favorite childhood candies, Tootsie Rolls. This is not your typical mocha," according to the news release.
Both the vanilla and mocha flavors are currently available at Cuvée Coffee Bar, 2000 E. Sixth St., while the banana and lemon ginger are expected to arrive in mid-March. Vanilla will be the first to launch in retail outlets, specifically in Whole Foods across Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma this month. But all of them will eventually see a retail roll-out.
This month, Cuvée has also released single-serve filter bags that holds 14.2 grams of the brand’s direct trade coffee and are ideal for people on-the-go.