Cold Brew is Now a Real Word!


Guys, this is kind of a big deal. No longer will people have to wonder ‘what is a “cold brew” and how do I use it in a sentence?’

On March 30th, added 300 new words to it’s online entries. Many of them are trendy mashups and slang words that you will have to either google or consult your 13-year old neighbor to find the meaning.

Along with the term “cold brew,” added the following gems to enhance (or ruin) your vocabulary:

cat café
cheat day
cold brew
dad bod
man bun
mic drop

As for “cold brew,” the online dictionary defines it as the following:

1. the process of steeping coffee grounds or tea leaves in room-temperature or cold water for many hours, producing a concentrate to which more water may be added.
2. a cold coffee or tea drink made by this process.

And they even offer a “historical example” so you can be sure to use the term correctly.
Briggs drank deeply of the cold brew, then dried his beard with a handkerchief of purple silk.


Meijer picking up Straight* version of UCR’s Cold Brew Coffee drinks

Michigan Cold Brew Coffee Straight

The wait is over!

Just 8 months after the first production run, and only 3 months after Meijer picked up Uncommon Coffee Roasters (UCR) ready to drinks, Meijer has decided to put UCR’s Cold Brew Coffee Straight* into 170 stores! This includes 38 new stores that do not carry the “with milk” products. Keep an eye out on a shelf near you!

Cold Brew Coffee Straight* is meant to be enjoyed however you like it. Drink it straight, over ice (or ice cream!!), or mix it up and add your favorite milk or sweetener! 

Let us know how you like it and tag @uncommoncoffeeroasters #uncommoncoffeeroasters #uncommoncoldbrew

Cold Brew Coffee to be sampled at 100 Meijer Stores!

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In honor of our recent launch with Meijer, we are sampling our Cold Brew Coffee at 100 locations throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Kentucky! So, if you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to check our map for a free sample near you!

And if you have tried it, go ahead and pick up a sample anyway to boost you through your next shopping trip, we won’t tell 😉


Details: FREE samples of Cold Brew Coffee w/ Half & Half and Cold Brew Coffee w/Chocolate Milk

Date: Sunday, October 9th 2016

Time: 12:00PM – 6:00PM (local time)

Place: 100 Meijer locations. See below!

For more information on our Cold Brew Coffee and Meijer stores, please check out our press release or the GRBJ article below.

To find a carton near you, visit our map.

In the News


Uncommon Coffee Roasters “Cold Brew Coffee” Available at 168 Meijer Stores in 6 States

Uncommon Coffee Roasters, a Michigan based wholesale coffee roaster and cafe operator, has great success with latest Cold Brew Coffee creation

Saugatuck, MI — (ReleaseWire) — 09/23/2016 –Uncommon Coffee Roasters (UCR) ready-to-drink Cold Brew Coffee could be coming to a Meijer store near you. Beginning September 23, 2016, UCR’s Cold Brew Coffee in a carton will be available at 168 Meijer locations in 6 different states (MI, OH, IL, IN, WI, KY). Meijer will be carrying 2 varieties of UCR’s RTD cold brew. They will be retailing the 16-ounce drinks at an exclusive introductory price of $2.99 each.

In Spring of 2016, UCR released 3 varieties of Cold Brew Coffee: Straight*, Half & Half, and Chocolate Milk (as of this release, Meijer will not be offering the Straight* version). Partnering with Guernsey Farms Dairy of Northville, Michigan, the drinks are packaged in dairy-style cartons, an earth-friendly alternative to many competitors. As for the flavor, UCR’s cold brew has been hand crafted for coffee lovers with more coffee and less added ingredients. Jason from Thirsty Dudes wrote, “The coffee itself is delicious and the small amount of added sugar would make this enjoyable to anyone out there who has even the smallest interest in coffee, and perhaps even others who have no interest.”

In just three short months, more than 60 businesses in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana have picked up the products, selling more than 50,000 cartons. The first run of cold brew sold so quickly, production had to be tripled immediately. This forced UCR to revolutionize the way their cold brew was made. The end result was a proprietary tank, made in collaboration with Grand Rapids-based business, Psycho Brew.

About Uncommon Coffee Roasters
Uncommon Coffee Roasters is a small batch specialty coffee roaster in West Michigan. Owned and operated by Guy Darienzo and Stephen Keye, UCR opened as a café by the name of Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck in 1994. In 2000, UCR began roasting their own coffee. Due to popular demand, in 2010, UCR opened a wholesale business in the neighboring city of Douglas. The company services over 200 customers in Michigan, Northern Indiana, and Illinois.

More information about UCR and their Cold Brew Coffee products can be found at

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Angie Pena-Smith
Uncommon Coffee Roasters

10 health benefits of coffee

The laments are endless. “If I don’t have coffee within the next 10 minutes, I might murder someone.” “I’m not a real person until I have my coffee.” And so on. Coffee is an absolute must for most people during the work day — and a lot of other tired individuals as well. But that’s generally all coffee is seen as: a way to be awake and able to function throughout the day (or at least the morning). Yet, studies have shown that coffee actually has many more unexpected benefits. Here are 10 surprising advantages that drinking coffee regularly may provide for your body.

1. May help prevent alcohol consumption-related cirrhosis

A study published last January in the Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics journal has been making waves. The study’s findings indicated that increased coffee consumption could help reduce the risk of cirrhosis, a form of liver damage caused, among other things, by alcohol.Reuters summarized it in these plain terms: With each additional cup of coffee you take daily, the risk of cirrhosis may be diminished more significantly. One cup a day means a 22 percent less chance of developing the disease, and four cups can make the likelihood of cirrhosis decline by up to 65 percent, according to the study.

2. Boosts your metabolism
Authority Nutrition reports caffeine can help boost your metabolic rate by up to 11 percent, which means your body will process foods much faster the more coffee you consume, and you’ll experience a smaller increase in fat retention. Next time the waiter at your favorite restaurant suggests a coffee after lunch, consider saying yes.


3. Decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease
According to the New York Times, a study involving over a million individuals proved that significant coffee consumption (three to five cups a day) could decrease the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular troubles.Live Science says a Korean study proved that individuals who drank three to five cups of coffee daily were less likely to develop calcium deposits in their arteries, which could lead to clogging.


4. Gives you more energy
This one is pretty obvious: Coffee boosts your energy. Who would’ve thought? But like with most biological processes, there’s more to it than that. When it reaches the brain, caffeine releases adenosine, a neurotransmitter that allows more neurons to be sent out into the brain at once, according to Authority Nutrition. This leads to better focus, memory and cognitive function in general, along with the energy increase you’re expecting from coffee.


5. May decrease the risk of diabetes 
Like with cirrhosis, coffee has been found to exponentially decrease the likelihood of getting type 2 diabetes, according to Authority Nutrition. Studies indicated that every additional cup of coffee could lead to an extra 7 percent decrease in the likelihood of diabetes, for a near 50 percent reduction in the risk for heavy coffee drinkers, the website says.




6. May protect you against Alzheimer’s 
Coffee & Health reports that several separate studies have found that in many cases, a significant consumption of coffee was inversely associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who previously did not have it. In other words, a higher coffee intake may lead to less chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease, according to these studies.


7. May protect you against Parkinson’s disease
The studies on Parkinson’s disease and its relation with coffee have more mixed findings. While increased coffee consumption does, according toCoffee & Health, lead to a smaller risk in the development of Parkinson’s disease, studies have found these results were only accurate with men and menopaused women. Harvard Health Publications theorizes this is due to the fact that caffeine and estrogen require the same enzymes, and estrogen tends to take these enzymes away from caffeine, preventing it from having as strong an effect.


8. May decrease depression risk in women
A Harvard School of Public Health study revealed that significant caffeine intake (four cups or more) could reduce the risk of depression in women by 20 percent. While studies have been done for men as well, the results have not been quite as conclusive.


9. May decrease the risk of certain types of cancer
Coffee helps protect the liver against cirrhosis, and it also protects it from cancer, according to the New York Times. At least two cups a day can decrease the odds of getting liver cancer by over 40 percent. The New York Times also indicates that according to several studies, consumption of coffee was generally associated with protection against various forms of cancer, like in the prostate and breasts, but that those results only apply to nonsmokers, as smokers may actually reverse the effects of coffee on potential cancers.


10. Contains antioxidants
If you were asked what you thought was the food or drink with the most antioxidants, the natural guess would most likely be a fruit or vegetable, right? Wrong. reports that surprisingly, a study has shown that coffee is by far the strongest source of antioxidants in the United States diet. So load up on that cup of Joe, because as has been shown here, it may be even better for you than you’d expect.

4 Things You Need to Know About Nitro Cold Brew


1. It looks like beer! Poured from what looks like a beer tap, our Nitro comes from a 5 gallon corny keg just like our other cold brews on tap. Since it is infused with Nitro, the coffee has a head on it, much like the head found on that of a Guinness beer.


2. More caffeine. Cold brew coffee often has twice as much caffeine as regular hot brewed coffee. This is why it is sometimes served in smaller portions.


3. Naturally sweet and creamy. No milk or sugar is needed, so feel free to skip the condiment station. The cold brew process naturally extracts the sweetness of the coffee without bringing out the bitterness that hot coffee drinkers may be used to. In combination with the nitro-infusion, the drink is extremely creamy.


4. “Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!” Nitro Cold Brew is best sipped from a glass so skip the straws and lids. You want to be able to fully experience the mouthfeel of the crema hitting your lips.


OMG! It’s National Rum Day!

In honor of National Rum Day we decided to throw together a quick recipe to get your through the 5 o’clock hour!

This drink has been affectionately dubbed “The Guy

4 Ounces Uncommon Coffee Roasters Cold Brew with Half & Half
1 Ounce New Holland Artisan Spirits Freshwater Superior Rum
Just a pinch of Allspice
Cinnamon Stick for garnish

Michigan Cold Brew Coffee Half and Half+    freshwatersuperior-sm =  amazing

Combine all ingredients and shake over ice.

Strain over ice and garnish with Cinnamon stick.

Serve and enjoy! Save the other 12 ounces of Cold Brew to get you up in the morning 😉


Check out to learn more about RUM!

What’s the difference?


For years people have been drinking Iced Coffee on those hot summer days. Traditionally, overheated coffee lovers have been pouring their hot-brewed coffee into a cup of ice and drinking it cold…ish. Eventually, a light bulb clicked on and someone somewhere realized that they were drinking watered down old coffee and they came up with this much more delicious and refreshing way to drink a cold caffeinated brew.

Cold Brew Coffee uses a much different approach. The coffee is ground more coarse than what is used for hot brewed coffee and time, rather than temperature, is used to extract the coffee’s natural flavors. This method produces a more smooth, less bitter and all-around more refreshing and chuggable cup of coffee.


Uncommon Coffee Roasters(UCR) picked up on this method more than 10 years ago. Using the Toddy system, UCR began brewing and serving this drink in their downtown Saugatuck cafe. As the demand for Cold Brew grew, so did production. UCR began bottling and eventually wholesaling it to their wholebean customers as well with a number of batches being brewed and bottled daily at the UCR roasting facility.

Now, using a proprietary design, UCR has moved onto large scale production and has partnered with Guernsey Farms Dairy of Northville, Michigan to retail 3 varieties of Cold Brew Coffee in dairy-style milk cartons. 

Why Cold Brew Coffee Is No Longer Just for Snobs


You may think you’ve learned all of the coffee lingo you need when ordering from your local coffee shop. But these days the coffee dictionary is adding a few new entries: Cold brew, flat white, and nitrogen-infused coffee.

Cold Brew on tap

Cold brewing, a method of brewing coffee over a long period of time without heat, is supposed to offer a smoother beverage with less acidic taste. The flat white features whole milk and two ristretto shots, which are smaller, more concentrated serving of espresso. And nitro is a cold brew coffee—that’s infused with nitrogen gas, making it tastier.

Cold brew, in particular, is a trend that has taken off. Originating roughly five years ago at small outfits like Stumptown Coffee Roasters, it percolated in cities like Seattle and San Francisco, where coffee connoisseurs are drawn to new, supposedly richer coffee.

The trend has since accelerated as big players likeStarbucks SBUX 0.09% and Dunkin’ Brands DNKN 0.45% plotted their own national launches. Just this week, Peet’s Coffee said it would launch a new slate of ready-to-drink drinks, initially addressing the San Francisco market before expanding to other regions down the road.

Starbucks has been especially aggressive in bringing cold brew to market — selling it at grocery stores, as well as the company’s restaurants. It began to tinker with cold brews in 2014 with small test runs in a few cities before expanding that version of coffee across the entire fleet of U.S. stores by the end of last summer. The chain has since introduced a vanilla-flavored cold brew coffee, as well as cold brew infused with nitrogen. Dunkin’ Donuts recently announced it would sell cold brew in restaurants in the New York and Los Angeles metro areas this summer, with a national launched planned later this year.

Read the entire article on Fortune