Cold Brew Coffee – General info

What is cold brew?

Cold-brewed coffee is a method that replaces temperature with time to extract the flavors out of the coffee bean. Ground coffee is steeped in cold water, typically for 12-24 hours. It’s known to produce smooth, naturally sweeter tasting coffee, and generally contains less acid than hot-brewed coffee so it tends to be easier on the stomach.

What's the difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee?

“Iced coffee” is typically made using traditional hot-brewed coffee poured over ice. When heat is used to brew iced coffee, it releases acids and oils that are intensified when the coffee is cooled down. The result is a more bitter brew that can quickly taste stale. Cold brewing, however, produces a unique taste and drinking experience to “iced coffee”. Cold brew has an intense but smooth flavor that’s easy-drinking, less acidic, and stays fresh in the refrigerator for a week.

I heard cold brew has more caffeine than hot coffee-- is that true?

Caffeine content in coffee is variable. The amount of caffeine in your cup can be affected by many factors, including coffee type, roast level, grind size, brew time, dwell time, coffee-to-water ratio, and temperature. Generally speaking, many cold brews use a higher coffee-to-water ratio than hot coffee, and thus may contain more caffeine (and sometimes too much! Jitters, anyone?)

We think cold brew is meant to be enjoyed like any other coffee– it’s about the journey, not the destination. Our cold brews are formulated to deliver a just-right kick of caffeine, without the jitters. So drink up, and enjoy the ride.

What's the difference between cold brew and cold brew concentrate?

Cold brew concentrate is simply cold-brewed coffee made with a high coffee-to-water ratio. It’s intended to be mixed with water and/or milk before it’s consumed.

Can you heat up cold brew and drink it hot?

Yes, you can warm cold-brewed coffee in the heating method of your choice. Just make sure not to let it boil when heating, as this can break down the flavor.

About Our Cold Brew Bags

What are Brew Bags?

On a mission to make cold brewing at home as simple as possible, we’ve portioned our recipes into compostable pouches– Brew Bags, which are filled with ground coffee and designed for cold brewing. We offer two types of brews: Single Origins (just coffee) and Infusions (coffee blended with 100% raw, organic ingredients). To use our Brew Bags, you simply add them to a container with cold water, steep in the fridge for 12-24 hours, remove them and compost or discard, and serve.

How many servings (glasses of cold brew) does one Brew Bag make?

Each Good Trip Brew Bag will make 2 servings (16 ounces) of ready-to-drink cold brew coffee. So, if you brew four bags at once, you will get 8 servings (64 ounces) of Good Trip Cold Brew.

Do your Brew Bags make a concentrate or a ready-to-drink cold brew?

Good Trip Cold Brew is formulated to be ready-to-drink; it doesn’t brew as a concentrate, it brews ready to serve straight from the container.

Do I need any special equipment to use your Brew Bags?

Nope. None. Nada. We’ve done all the measuring and grinding for you, and there’s no messy filtering or clean-up required. All you need is a container and a refrigerator. And you can use just about any container that holds water: we like to use glass, stainless steel, or BPA-free plastic.

Whatever you use, we strongly recommend that it have an opening/neck that’s wide enough to easily remove the Brew Bags when wet– otherwise they could rip when you’re pulling them out.

Brewing instructions are on the back of all our packages, and you can also find a video and pictures of the process here.

How much water do I add per Brew Bag?

Our Brewing Ratio: 1 Brew Bag + 2 Cups Water = 16 oz of ready-to-drink Cold Brew.

1 Brew Bag + 2 Cups (16 oz)
2 Brew Bags + 4 Cups (32 oz)
3 Brew Bags + 6 Cups (48 oz)
4 Brew Bags + 8 Cups (64 oz)

Brewing instructions are on the back of all our packages, and you can also find a video and pictures of the process here.

Should I brew in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter?

We suggest brewing in the refrigerator; it yields a more consistent brew, and we do not advise brewing in the sun like “sun tea”.

How long do I brew for?

We suggest brewing for 12-24 hours, depending on how strong you like it. Longer = stronger, and you really can’t mess it up. If you brew for 12 hours, you could prepare it in the evening to be ready the next morning. Or, go 24 hours– from one morning to the next, or one evening to the next and then serve it up the following morning. We generally don’t recommend brewing for more than 24 hours– the flavor won’t really develop past that point.

Brewing instructions are on the back of all our packages, and you can also find a video and pictures of the process here.

Should I stir or shake or do anything while it's brewing?

Nope, just let things steep in the fridge undisturbed.

What should I do if a Brew Bag rips or breaks?

This can sometimes happen when the Brew Bag is wet and you pull it through a tight opening or bottleneck to remove at the end of brewing. If this happens and grounds get into your brew, pour the brew through a strainer, cheesecloth, nut milk bag, or a coffee filter into another container to filter out the grounds. Once filtered, you’ll be good to go. And next time, use a wide-mouth container so you have plenty of room to remove the Brew Bags and you shouldn’t have the problem again.

How long does each batch last?

When using a container with a good lid, each batch should stay fresh in the fridge for about a week.

Can a Brew Bag be reused several times?

Reusing the same Brew Bag to make multiple batches of cold brew is not recommended– each Brew Bag is designed and intended to only be used once. Once done, toss into the compost or discard.

Can I use the Brew Bags to brew hot coffee?

Yes. You can place the Brew Bags directly in a drip coffee maker. You can also place the Brew Bags into a heat-proof container (such as a French-press), pour hot water (30 seconds post-boil) directly on the bags, and brew for 4-5 minutes.

That said, our Brew Bags are best used for cold brewing. We offer all of our Infusion recipes sold loose in 12oz bags of Mixed Grounds, which can be used like ground coffee, for preparing hot or cold however you prefer. We also offer our Single Origins in Whole Beans.

How many servings does one package make?

Our Cold Brews are conveniently available in 2 package sizes based on number of 8 oz. servings: 8 servings (4 Brew Bags), and 12 servings (6 Brew Bags).

How long do your packages stay fresh once opened?

When coffee is exposed to oxygen it begins to degrade, losing flavor and causing it to taste stale. So, once you open our packaging, we recommend you brew as soon as possible (within 1-2 weeks is best), and keep remaining/unused Brew Bags tightly sealed inside the bag.

About Our Coffees

What are Mixed Grounds?

Our Mixed Grounds are simply loose mixtures of freshly ground coffee and raw ingredients. This is how we sell our Coffee Infusions, in 12oz bags of Mixed Grounds, which can be used like ground coffee for preparing hot or cold. We offer our Single Origin offerings in Whole Beans.

Where do you source your coffees from?

We’re so glad you asked! We proudly source our coffees exclusively from women coffee producers and small-holder farmers paid above fair-trade price. Transparency is a big deal to us; we’ll never hide behind burnt roasts or obscure blends. We think you should know where your coffee comes from and the passion that went into producing it. Learn more about our sourcing practices, and about the badass women who produce our amazing coffees, here!

Do you roast your coffee?

Coffee is an inherently social drink, and we think collaboration makes coffee more interesting. We’ve taken this approach with how our coffees are roasted by partnering with two incredibly talented roasters– Vega Coffee and Corvus Coffee– to roast our coffees to perfection, and will continue to bring more roasters onboard as we further expand our offerings.

All of our Nicaraguan coffees are sourced from Vega Coffee, a thriving startup based out of Esteli, Nicaragua. Vega empowers farmers with tools and training to turn their coffee from commodity to consumer-ready product. As a result, farmers in Nicaragua’s coffee country can earn more income for their coffee and play a key role in shaping a new, more equitable coffee experience.

Vega Coffee is coffee unlike any other: packaged and roasted by the same farmers who grew it and delivered direct to us within days of roasting.

Corvus Coffee is one of Denver’s premier artisan roasters, embodying exceptional ethics and craftsmanship. With broad roasting expertise and well-established relationships with some of the most talented producers around the world, Corvus gives us access to amazing coffees.

What's your strongest coffee?

By “strength”, some people are referring to caffeine level, taste, or roast. They might associate “strength” with the bitter bite you get from hot coffee, or possibly with the “roasty” flavor you get from super dark roasts. So, this question is sometimes hard to answer!

Our cold brew is formulated to be super smooth and refreshing, so you won’t get that bitter bite like a “strong” hot coffee, and it won’t give you the jitters, so won’t necessarily feel ready to blast off into space after drinking it. That said, if you are looking for the coffee with the most caffeine, we would suggest our Rwanda Izuba Single Origin. It’s a Medium-Light roast, which has more caffeine than a dark roast, and although it’s super easy-drinking, it delivers a good kick.

What's the difference between your "infusions" and "flavored coffees"?

Our Coffee Infusions use 100% organic, raw ingredients to infuse layers of flavor into our handcrafted cold brews, and are 100% free of sugars, sweeteners, and flavorings. Real ingredients provide honest flavor that’s more subtle than using “extracts” or “natural flavorings”. Think of them like a craft beer that’s been infused with real ingredients (like a citrus IPA, or a coffee stout). Our Coffee Infusions are still all about the coffee itself, but the additional ingredients create something truly unique and dynamic.

On the other hand, “flavored coffee” relies on chemical flavorings and extracts. The flavored whole bean and ground coffee you get from the grocery store or some traditional coffee shops (like hazelnut, Irish cream, caramel, french vanilla…) are flavored using flavoring oils, which are combinations of natural and synthetic flavor chemicals, and the chemical propylene glycol which helps the flavoring absorb into the beans. These oils are sprayed onto the beans shortly after roasting, coating them in oil which you taste when brewed. The result is often overpowering and artificial, and takes away from the flavor of the coffee bean itself. This is why most flavored coffee uses low quality beans.

Other types of flavored coffee drinks include the drinks you get at coffee shops which use pumps of syrups– again, these syrups can use a combination of artificial and natural flavors, along with sugar and other sweeteners. Similarly, flavored coffee drinks in cans and bottles also use syrups and flavoring extracts, which tend to leave a funky aftertaste.

Which coffee is your favorite? What do you recommend?

Our favorite? It literally depends on the day! Right now we’re drinking lots of Rwanda Izuba— its medium/light body and brightness are refreshing year-round. Angela’s favorite Infusion is currently Mint Melt-Away… chocolaty and herbaceous, it’s one of our most unique offerings. And Andrew’s favorite Infusion is Beach Bum Blondie… it’s just really tasty.

If you like a medium-bodied chocolaty coffee, we suggest our Nicaragua Miraflor. It’s a Medium-Dark roast, classic Central American coffee that’s well-balanced and perfect any day of the week.

If you’re looking for a guilt-free alternative to that vanilla latte habit you can’t seem to kick, our Beach Bum Blondie Infusion is your answer– it’s infused with raw coconut shreds, cacao, and ground vanilla bean, and is completely free of sugar yet has a subtle sweetness that’s both delicious on its own or with a splash of cream.

Have a thing for mochas? Check out our Mayan Cocoa Infusion. It’s infused with cacao, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of cayenne. The combination of chocolate and spice is subtly sweet and super smooth.

Love a good dirty chai latte? Look no further than our Darjeeling Chai Infusion. It’s a sugar-free alternative to the classic cafe drink, infused with classic chai spices, fair trade Darjeeling tea, and a pinch of coconut to round things out. Add a splash of your favorite milk and it’s on.

Do you make a decaf version?

Yep! In fact, we have two water-process decaf cold brew offerings: check out our Dragonfly Decaf, and our Rooibos Chai Decaf Organic Infusion.

Are your coffees fresh?

When it comes to good coffee, freshness is paramount. It’s something we take extremely seriously; all of our coffees are freshly roasted within days of packaging, and we’ve invested in the best vacuum sealing technology available in the industry. Our packages are flushed with nitrogen in a 7-cycle process that removes as much oxygen as possible, and then vacuum sealed to keep oxygen and light out.

About Good Trip

Where are you based out of?

We are very proud to call Denver, Colorado, our home.

Do you have a brick and mortar location?

Nope, not at the moment. But, we frequently do pop-up shops, markets, and events around the Denver area, where we also offer our cold brews served fresh over ice. You can find the latest news and info on upcoming events here.

Are your products available in stores?

Stay tuned– there are some exciting developments in the works.

For the time being, everything we currently offer is available here on our website, and we offer free shipping on all subscriptions and on all one-time orders over $50.

What's your story?

We’re a husband-wife team with a love for travel. We lived in Nicaragua for 6 months in 2016 and it’s there that we decided to start a coffee company. Check out our full story here!

Subscription Info

How do your subscriptions work?

Our subscriptions are all about making your life– and your coffee routine– easier! Never be without your favorite cold brew coffee each month, delivered to your door on your schedule.

  • We offer free USPS Priority shipping on all subscription products.
  • You can modify your selections at any time.
  • Going out of town and need to skip a month? No problem. You can pause or skip a month at any time.
  • You can cancel at any time.
  • If you’re not satisfied with our products, your first bag of cold brew is on us. That’s our “Love It Guarantee”.
  • Everything can be easily managed within your customer account page.
  • Should you have any questions along the way, we can be reached at orders@goodtripcoffee.com, or send us a note here.

We’ve made it super easy to build a customized box with our Subscription Builder. Check it out! Or, you can simply subscribe to individual products within our shop.

What's included with a Good Trip subscription?

Every month we’ll deliver your cold brews of choice on your schedule, with free shipping. We like to occasionally include little perks like stickers, pins, postcards, and are currently developing a loyalty program to include even more perks and swag. We pride ourselves in outstanding customer service, so we promise that as a member of the Good Trip community, you’ll be well taken care of.

When will I be billed for my subscription?

You are billed immediately after placing your order and on that same day each month/delivery cycle.

How do I manage, modify, suspend, or cancel my subscription?

You can manage your subscription order anytime inside of your customer account page by clicking here.  Simply click on the “Subscriptions” link on the left side. From there you can manage your payment, select new options, suspend, or cancel.

If you’d like to change the coffees selected in a Subscription Builder box, simply build a new box here, and then we’ll cancel your previous.

If you’d like to change the frequency of your subscription to something other than 30 or 60 days, just shoot us an email at orders@goodtripcoffee.com and we’ll happily update your customized preferences!

Orders & Shipping Info

When will my coffee ship?

We process your order immediately and packages typically ship within 3 business days. Please note that we’re a family operation and do all our own fulfillment in-house, so if there’s a hold-up we’ll notify you right away.

Where is my order?

Orders can be tracked using your shipment tracking number sent when your orders ships. You can also check on your shipment status on your order management page.

Can I get an invoice?

Sure! We can email you an invoice upon request. Contact us at orders@goodtripcoffee.com.

What shipping methods are available?

USPS Priority Mail shipping is free for all subscriptions, and for one-time orders over $50. All other orders are charged a flat rate of $4.95, and will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail. If you require any other shipping methods please contact us with your order number at orders@goodtripcoffee.com.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, processed securely via Braintree and PayPal.

Do you ship outside of the United States?

No, not at this time, but we’re exploring it. We do ship to Puerto Rico.