I Really Hate Milk, and I Really Love Chameleon's New Oat Milk Cold Brew
As a milk-hater, I love the fact that alt-milks seem to be taking over. I also love Chameleon Cold Brew, so I was thrilled to hear Chameleon's plans to launch a new Oat Milk Cold Brew that offers the taste of creamy coffee without any dairy. The chilled beverage is a blend of strong cold brew and organic oat milk with some sugar for sweetness (a reasonable nine grams per 12-ounce serving). It's like those bottled lattes you've probably seen on shelves for years, but it's finally an option made with oat milk — one of the year's trendiest ingredients.
I got an early taste of the new product ahead of its launch in late April, and it was honestly better than I thought it'd be. I'm a black-coffee girl at heart, so even though I don't drink milk, I usually don't add any dairy-free creamer either. But this strikes the perfect balance of bold — it still tastes like coffee — and smooth. Oat milk has a creamier mouthfeel than almond or soy milk, and a cup of it actually offers 35 percent of the recommended daily allowance for calcium.
There are two Chameleon Oat Milk Cold Brew options: Original and Dark Chocolate, the second of which won't launch until May. I'm a big fan of the original, but if your go-to order is a mocha, definitely try the richer chocolaty version. The cold brew comes in a 46-ounce bottle for $7, so it's the kind of thing you can use in the morning all week long. I personally enjoy pouring a glass and sipping it while I'm getting ready before work to get the caffeine going. This exciting stuff from the Austin-based company is launching nationwide at Whole Foods on April 22, so add it to your shopping list and fridge!