If you're like me, you imbibe coffee in any and all forms, so long as it makes your eyes open up a little wider and your fingers type a little faster. Folgers, Starbucks, that coffee cart guy in front of the office…My caffeine intake is as indiscriminate as my pizza intake (don't "at" me, pizza snobs).
So when I was pitched a new instant "smart coffee" that comes in a pouch and contains nootropics (a very buzzy word for a group of memory- and focus-enhancing compounds, aka the most 2019 thing ever) from Brooklyn-based startup Alpha Wave, I had to give them a shot (no pun intended).
First, let me reiterate that this is instant coffee (albeit organic and sourced from Colombian Arabica plants, for anyone who cares). The coffee powder comes in a ready-to-mix brown paper packet about twice the size of a Splenda that you pour into whatever caffeine-consumption container you have at your disposal. It looks like cocoa powder, and can be poured into either cold water and given a good stir (for those who prefer the iced coffee variety), or boiling water (for those who hate summer).
For my cold brew version (I know it's not cold brew), I added a splash of coconut creamer and a dash of cinnamon (yep, I'm a big chai tea fan). I was all like "hey, this is super easy." While the taste takes a little getting used to (it's still got a bit of that acidic bitter taste that comes with hot coffee that's trying to disguise itself as cold), I had no major qualms.