Product Review: Gorilla Cold Brew Coffee

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Prior to going vegan, how many of us have gone into a convenience store, a supermarket, a bodega or a campus bookshop and bought one of those syrupy bottled cold coffees and slugged it back during a break from work or class?  Way too many to count.  And remember how sugary and cloying it was and how you could taste the preservatives?  Since you’ve become vegan, have you found a substitute?  One that’s vegan and delicious and clean? 

You have now.

Now I don’t drink coffee very often but to Walt it’s life’s blood.  Doing a review for a coffee product seemed good because as coffee drinkers on both ends of the spectrum, we could give a dual review.  If we disagreed, we’d be coming at it from different places on the scale of coffee obsession.

This time we agreed, however.  We found Gorilla’s Cold Brew Coffee to have a clean and crisp purity.  The tetrapak box says that it contains only coffee and water, and is brewed in small batches from “a tasty, unique blend of Rwanda Kigeyo and Brazil Pedra Roxa coffees."  Unlike many companies who make claims about the natural qualities of their products, only to give you a mouthful of chemicals and preservatives, Gorilla Cold Brew Coffee tastes the way they claim it will.  It tastes like coffee and pure, refreshing water.  No bitter aftertaste, no cloying sweetness.  Just coffee and water.

How they accomplish this is a mystery since it also has a one year shelf life.  But regardless of how they do it, it’s done well.  Walt has made this a permanent part of his coffee routine already and I will look for it whenever I need a coffee to stay awake during a particularly boring class.

Gorilla Cold Brew Coffee is available at New York Metro Area Whole Foods as well as at the Gorilla Coffee cafĂ©.  I suggest you start emailing them now to get this product into stores near you.  In the meantime, you can order it from their website,

Fianna MacGregor | Blog | Blog | Twitter | Email
New York City Fianna has been vegan for 36 years. She is currently working on a second M.A. in Human Rights from NYU. When she isn’t veganizing every cookbook she can get her hands on, she’s working her urban farm in New York City. She also writes extensively on veganism, running and green living. Her newest project is to trace everything she buys to find out if it’s cruelty-free (both animal and human) and eco-friendly. Fianna and her fiancĂ© are animal rescuers of dogs, cats and birds.

Photo credit: Gorilla Coffee

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