So when our amigo Frekky in Massachusetts offered to setup a coffee exchange, it was sort of like me on Christmas morning. In an adult reality where the post normally brings todo items and bills and such, the notion of a package arriving with coffee is something special. Therefore, take a moment to try and picture the glee of me opening up a box to find therein a pair of samples from Captain's Coffee Brewers. Specifically, I got to taste their Captain's Cold Brew Traditional Cold Brewed Coffee and their brand new Smoked Applewood Cold Brew.
I know this might shock some of you--but I prefer cold coffee to hot. Indeed, this might shock you--but let me ask you: which temperature of coffee can you drink faster? Exactly. And I have no problem with snagging a "packaged" bottle of coffee from a gas station in a pinch--you know, a Starbucks or something or other coffee. Nice and cold but--and I don't understand this--filled with sugar and cream. I no longer drink regular coffee with anything added. Just black like my fashion sense and sense of humor. But nobody sells black coffee pre-packaged. (Note: Yes, I know I could just get some brewed from the pot there at the gas station...but pre-packaged coffee I find to be safer, much in the same way that beer was once safer to drink than water. Ahh, the Good Old Days.)
A different experience is the Smoked Applewood. And different in that I don't think I've had "smoked" coffee before. From their site, " This cold brewed iced coffee is brewed using a unique infusion of smoke apple wood chips to refine the flavor." And if you've never had coffee infused with smoke, it's something that, in my opinion, takes a few sips to get used to. Not to say it's unpleasant but it's probably not for everyone. But everyone should try it--because unfortunately for the poor bastard trying to review it, "smoke-infused coffee" pretty much sums up the taste and you can't really tart up that description much. Although I must say if you're envisioning your lungs hurting from drinking the stuff, that won't happen unless you have a drinking problem of another sort.
Of the two, I would grab another bottle of the Traditional in a heartbeat just because I find its simplicity and no-frills taste to be exceptional in a world where everybody wants me to consume more sugar than I already do. And I would recommend the Applewood for anyone who likes the notion of it. Like I said: worth trying at least once.