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Published November 30th 2014
There's a new entrant in to the packaged Iced Coffee market in Adelaide, but how does it compare to the existing competitors ? Is it stronger, tastier, better? Or are there better packaged iced coffees on the market ?
Adelaide's number one brand, and the only beverage that outsells Coca Cola in a region is South Australia's favourite, Farmers Union Iced Coffee. FUIC comes in three strengths, and I prefer the Strong version. Nutritionally, Farmers Union Strong has 24mg of caffeine, 8.0g of sugar and 253kj of energy per 100ml. FUIC has a nice, strong coffee taste, but is not as sweet tasting as its weaker twin, albeit it is what I would classify as a 'normal' tasting iced coffee.
Rush Strong Iced Coffee
Parmalat's iced coffee sales in South Australia are promoted through the Rush and Ice Break brands. Rush is a 'softer' iced coffee and contains only 5.7g of sugar, 205kj of energy and 31mg of caffeine. The Rush iced coffees are 99% fat free, and with 30% less sugar, they are much like a light or diet version. In terms of taste, it was sweet, with a nice coffee taste, albeit different to a 'normal' iced coffees and with some nutritional benefits.
Ice Break Extra Shot
Stepping up the range in terms of caffeine content is the Ice Break Extra Shot with some 34mg of caffeine per 100ml. It has also ramped up the sugar content to 10.4g of sugar which enables it to pump through 314kj of energy. Ice Break is one of the sweetest tasting iced coffees, but has also got some strong coffee flavours and after tastes. Ice Break Extra Shot in the morning with an ordinary Extra Break in the afternoon makes for a good mix.
The Dare Double Espresso is exactly that - a double dose of espresso providing 35mg of caffeine, and an energy content of 369kj driven from 9.3g of sugar and full cream milk. The aftertaste of the iced coffee is ideal, and sweetness is about right. Dare Double Espresso qualifies as one of the few 'normal' iced coffees with a strong taste and perfect sweetness giving an all round energy hit.
Barista Bros Iced Coffee
The new entrant in the market, from the Coca Cola stable, delivers a real punch with just on 44mg of caffeine per 100ml. Counterbalancing the strong coffee taste is 11.0g of sugar, which together pushes out 318kj of energy. The higher caffeine and sugar contents guarantee it wins the strongest and sweetest, with a iced coffee that is probably the closest to the café produced iced coffee.
I'm surprised Oak iced coffee isn't on here, although I suppose Oak Iced Coffee is just one of their flavors.. I prefer Oak though, it has a good balance of sweetness and strength, somewhere between an FUIC and a Dare, but most of all, it's incredibly creamy.
Barista Bros is also excellent though, if you haven't tried the Barista Broseley Iced Chocolate, you're in for a treat!