Cooper Tea Rolls Out Cold-Brew Concentrate

Beverage maker develops product for commercial foodservice

BOULDER, Colo. -- The rising tide of cold brew is spilling into the tea category. Cooper Tea Co. is the first supplier to release a cold-brew tea concentrate specifically for the commercial foodservice industry, according to the company.

B.W. Cooper’s Organic Cold Brew Tea 11:1 Concentrate does not require any on-site brewing or specialized equipment. Instead, retailers need only mix the product with water to make 1-, 2- or 3-gallon batches.

At Cooper Tea’s Colorado microbrewery, the tea steeps in cold water for hours before being packaged into shelf-stable, 32-ounce miniature milk jugs. The process helps produce a more smooth flavor profile, the company said.

"Once the cold-brew phenomenon moved beyond coffee and into tea, we started getting requests," said Colleen Norwine, Cooper Tea executive director of sales and marketing. "Everyone loved the taste of cold-brewed tea and wanted to capitalize on the higher price point it commands, but there wasn't a practical way for high-volume restaurants to serve it. We're excited to be the first to provide a solution."  

The product is USDA-certified organic and is minimally processed, the company said, only made up of black tea and water. Barry W. Cooper, the company’s founder and certified tea master, selected the teas used in the proprietary blend.

Cooper Tea, Boulder, Colo., is a specialty tea company known for its premium iced-tea concentrates, which are free from artificial flavors, colors and high fructose corn syrup.

Photograph courtesy of Cooper Tea Co.

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