It’s a hot summer afternoon and you’re trying decide whether you want the boost of an iced coffee, the fizz of a carbonated beverage or the quench of a citrus drink. You actually don’t have to make a choice. A new citrus coffee soda called Keepers is blending all three into one reputedly refreshing drink. (Grub Street just called it quite possibly “the drink of the season.”)
A citrus coffee soda? The sparkling beverage blends “fresh lemon and lime juice with whole tangerines,” adds that to “freshly roasted single origin Ethiopian coffee beans” and brews it using “a Japanese flash brewing method” (boiled water plus ice) that gives it an especially “bright, refreshing flavor,” the Brooklyn-based startup explains on its website. The citrus-coffee brew is then cooled and carbonated.
Sounds good, but Keepers says the drink must be tried to be truly understood. That’s either easy or difficult to do, depending on where you live. Keepers, which comes in bottles and cans, has been available since November in Brooklyn, with plans to offer it nationwide online soon.
“We are currently available in the two Brooklyn Whole Foods locations, and anyone in Manhattan and Brooklyn can get Keepers in hand within a few hours by using [the delivery service] Foodkick,” Keepers co-founder Brent Lagerman tells FN Dish, adding that it’s also available at “an assortment of the cooler markets and cafes around Brooklyn, including Greene Grape and Foster Sundry.”
Those outside New York thirsting for a coffee soda ahead of Keepers online store launch can go for a sans-citrus option, like Manhattan Special Pure Espresso Coffee Soda (produced since 1895!) or Michigan-based Proper Soda Co.’s Coffee Soda, which can be ordered online.
If you’re in Nashville, Tennessee, Matchless Coffee Soda, which claims it is “best served over ice with an expressed citrus peel,” is getting lots of props — and is also working toward broader availability.
Or you can DIY it and whip up this espresso soda cocktail.
Yeah, coffee soda — and better yet, citrus coffee soda — is definitely an idea whose time has come. A real keeper.
Photo courtesy of @brooklynmakers