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Power rankings: Flight Coffee cold cans
All the brews, ranked for you.
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RTD coffees are big business. Globally, the market is expected to reach US$42.36 billion by 2027, so it’s no wonder that so many New Zealand companies are getting amongst it.
Wellington’s Flight Coffee have expanded their line up to FIVE different flavours. I try them all so you don’t have to.
Here’s the Flight Coffee cold can power ranking.
#5 Oat Milk Chai Latte
I was on the fence about chai, but this really pushed me off it and into the category of a non-chai lover. In fact, I'm now a chai-hater.
As this isn’t a coffee based drink, I knew I was up for a new experience - and boy was it an experience I’m not keen on repeating.
The label says it had a ‘hint' of spice, a description only accurate if by ‘hint’ they meant so much spice it’ll blow ya face off.
On top of that, because the can was brown and the drink was brown, I sort of expected a bit of a choco milk vibe. But nooooope - spice, spice, spice.
Hated it. Wouldn’t trade again.
#4 Straight Up Cold Brew
No gimmicks, just cold coffee.
It’s pretty simple, though so many companies seem to get this wrong. Not Flight Coffee though - no, this is pretty good.
Using the Bomber Blend for this one meant I was already pretty familiar with what I should expect to taste. And this is a pretty faithful re-creation of the long black that you might have down at The Hanger in Wellington.
It tasted a little like Lindt Dark Chocolate with Orange. The lingering aftertaste was pleasant and overall this was very good.
#3 - Sparkling Cold Brew
I've really been a fan of this drink since it first came out. The thing I really love about it is that it takes cold coffee and adds something else. In this case honey, mandarin and fizz!
It feels like summer. Tastes like awesome. It's just a hell of a great time.
#2 - Oat Milk Flat White
In a sea of milky coffee drinks (see this post from March), Flight’s Oat Milk Flat White absolutely stands out as the best.
It has a creamy texture, with a nice oaty flavour that works so well with the cold brew they use (again, the Bomber Blend).
I reckon they’ve tweaked the recipe, as I think it’s gotten even better than it was when this first came out.
It’s pretty close to being my favourite of the Flight line up - but it was pipped at the post by the next one in the list.
#1 Oat Milk Strawberry Mocha
My oh my this was yummy!
I had low expectations on this one after one of my mates gave me their review (they’ll remain nameless but they have a pallet that I envy). But this was actually very nice.
Flight Coffee describe it as tasting like strawberry ice cream and I think they’re pretty close. It didn’t have a sickly sugary sweet taste like some milky coffee drinks (though it is 5% sugar), which I think is thanks to the oat milk.
However, I couldn’t detected the coffee in this one, despite it having 195mg of caffeine. So, a coffee drink this is not, but summer in a can it is.
Now you know
This is, of course, just my take on a great range of drinks. I know this one will fire up the opinions, so feel free to share your favourite in the Flight Coffee range, or any of the cold brews out there.