I have been a long standing fan of Bulk Powders Protein Coffee, its one of the few heat stable proteins which doesn’t require a microwave or any hassle. You just need a pouch, a kettle and a cup and your good, but you can’t really carry that with you as a snack. I will review that at a later date as it does a place for a snack as the desk.
Enter the RTD (Ready to Drink) Protein Coffee Latte from Reflex Nutrition, which is absolutely perfect for this site.
When I came across this product initially, it were on a PT friend of mine, Amber’s Facebook page whom is a huge reflex fan. I’ve never really liked any of the chilled tea or coffee products I’ve ever tried, so I didn’t really like the idea of a cold, iced or chilled coffee flavoured protein shake either so I just passed over it.
A week or so later at the UK Body Power Expo (2016) in Birmingham at the NEC, I came across Reflex Nutrition who were launching the product. The whole stand were quite large with a seating area, serving JUST chilled coffee in little latte cups some with a sippy lid to walk around the expo with. There were no other reflex products, no R-Bar, no whey, nothing but Coffee Latte.
The product were unfinished, Karl from Reflex told me the paper effect labels on the cans were just temporary until the final cans were printed. I quite liked the paper label, it had an almost rustic feel like when buying artesian beans in a triple layered paper bag. However I guess the paper would peel off with moisture when chilled so a printed on can label is the only real option.
I didn’t get to try the product amongst the dazzling array of wheys, bcaa, pre-work out, juices, smoothies, and more on offer to sample.
Once I did sample it by the Saturday, I have to say I were both shocked that I enjoyed a chilled/cold coffee drink and impressed with the flavour. The coffee its self were smooth, aromatic and nicely roasted. Some protein coffee’s I have tried the coffee has been burnt or bitter, but not here, a smooth full bodied coffee.
The rest of the drink is more creamy than almost all the others I’ve tried, almost like a protein shake made with full milk, this creamy taste means you don’t need much sweetness adding to make it taste good. So there is only a slight sweetness, which appears to be actual sugar as I couldn’t detect an artificial after taste which many sweeteners have.
I have tried this at room temperature, chilled in the fridge, over ice and with 30 minutes blast chill in a freezer, and it tastes slightly different each way.
- Room Temperature: It tastes more creamy, slightly sweeter and the coffee is less pronounced.
- Chilled from Fridge: The creaminess is still there, but the coffee comes through more, this is probably the best for most folk.
- Slightly Iced from Freezer: A smooth mellow coffee hits you, followed by an after taste of cream and tang of coffee.
- Over Ice: This is the most interesting, the ice cold slightly watered down first taste is very weak, milky taste, followed by a noticeably warmer, thicker more intense coffee taste, and a creamy mouth feel. Its almost like 2 different drinks.
Its well worth experimenting with different methods, I haven’t tried it hot, or warmed up. When I spoke to the Reflex People they didn’t recommend heating it, as they suggested it would denature the protein reducing its quality some what.