If you’ve traveled anywhere on the west coast of the US, you’ve probably heard of Seattle’s Best Coffee. Sometimes I think there are two kinds of coffee drinkers in the world: Those who enjoy the occasional cup of coffee to socialize with their friends, and my type. You know, the caffeine fiends? The ones whose children are somewhat afraid of them first thing in the morning? Yeah, I confess; I’m an unrepentant coffee addict. Seattle’s Best Coffee is a subsidiary of Starbucks, and it’s a really, really popular coffee brand out in California and the Pacific Northwest. I don’t travel anywhere without Starbucks VIA anymore, so when Seattle’s Best approached me with the offer to try out their new ready-to-drink canned coffee drink, it was pretty much a no-brainer.
The new Seattle’s Best Coffee Iced Lattes are, essentially, coffee for on-the-go types. Three different types are available: Iced Latte, Iced Vanilla Latte, and Iced Mocha. I taste tested all three, concurrently with Starbucks Frappuccino drinks of the corresponding flavors. Unlike a wine taster, though, I didn’t spit any out after tasting. That’s right: six caffeinated iced coffee drinks, within the same morning and afternoon. 9.5 oz each. Let’s just say, it made for an interesting day.
Seattle’s Best Coffee Iced Latte is less creamy and sweet than Starbucks Frappuccino, and has less calories too (130 vs 200). The same holds true for the Seattle’s Best Coffee Iced Mocha and Iced Vanilla Latte; less sweet, less creamy, fewer calories for the same size drink (one can = one serving). Starbucks iced coffee drinks are more like candy; I really like them, and they are often found in my fridge, but they’re a little too sweet for breakfast. The Seattle’s Best iced coffee drinks, on the other hand, are suitable coffee drinks in the morning. The cans fit nicely in my hands, and I can see them in my car’s cup holder for a morning commute. Just like the Starbucks iced drinks, they’re made with real reduced fat milk, so the expiration date should be taken seriously! I received my samples in May, and the expiration date on the cans is in September.
The vanilla and chocolate notes in the lattes aren’t overwhelming: Coffee remains the dominant flavor. I like this as again, the Seattle’s Best Coffee iced lattes aren’t dessert. They are really tasty! I can see why Seattle’s Best Coffee has such a loyal customer base in the Pacific Northwest. For the time being, the Iced lattes will be available in grocery stores in western states – Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona – but check SBCIcedLattes.com for updates.
We caffeine addicts understand the importance of travel coffee products. I look forward to adding Seattle’s Best Coffee ready-to-go Iced Lattes to my regular rotation of coffee drinks on the road.
Thank you to Seattle’s Best Coffee for supplying The Vacation Gals with Iced Latte samples.