While visiting friends Jessica and Ari in Asbury Park this summer, we happened upon some amazing coffee, which was both surprising and wonderful. Gravitating to the cold brew, as it's more unique and reminds us of the fabulous Stumptown cold brew we purchase sometimes, we tried two great options which I'll highlight here and one of which we're still drinking at home.
Asbury Park Roastery - Located in the historic Asbury Park Convention Hall that dates back to the 1920's, this roastery boasts a lot of charm and a fantastic smell that emanates from its doors. Seeing that they sold a 32 oz version of their cold brew made me stop in and buy some so Dan and I can enjoy it the following week.
Overall, Dan liked the coffee a lot more than me, as I think you had to add a lot of milk to dilute it and the taste was a little bitter. Not to say that it wasn't good quality, strong coffee that had a lot of flavor, but given that I don't add sugar, it wasn't exactly my cup of you know what. Asbury Park Roastery - 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park NJ, 07712. 732.807.3155
Rook - First trying this coffee at Jess and Ari's house, we couldn't stop ooohing and aaahing about how great it was. As the bottle shows, this is New Orleans Style Cold Brew, containing chicory, which adds a hint of natural sweetness and a delicious caramel flavor that's ever so subtle. Since it's mixed in with dark coffee, just like APR's cold brew, it's very potent and a little goes a long way. Similar to the APR concentrate, you need lots of milk to dilute this baby, but all that extra moo juice is totally worth it. My friend Angela recently bought me a fresh supply of this and we couldn't be happier.
FYI - something very cool that I noticed about Rook is that you can text to order your coffee 10 minutes before getting there, so if you do head in, take advantage of this fun feature. Rook - 60 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755. 732.483.4402
So, in terms of a cold brew coffee battle, I think you can assume the winner here (congrats Rook), although both are quality options that any staunch coffee lover wouldn't turn their nose from.