I’ve always been more of a tea person than a coffee person. Lately, though, certain types of coffee have appealed more to me. This past summer, I’ve been known to order iced coffees at a local café or to pick up the Starbucks brand iced vanilla latte carton that Aldi sells.
Aldi is certainly no stranger to coffee. We’ve spotted fair trade coffee, donut store coffee, pumpkin spice coffee, decaf coffee, and even maple bacon coffee on the discount grocery store’s shelves over the years. Last year, we even found a coffee Advent calendar at Aldi. In addition, Aldi occasionally sells limited-edition gadgets to help you make your cuppa at home, including a single serve coffee maker, an espresso maker, a cold brew coffee maker, a programmable coffee maker, and a retro coffee maker.
I recently decided to try one of the iced coffee cartons Aldi sells. These are sold in the refrigerated section under the Barissimo brand, which is an Aldi private label for all things coffee. I bought the mocha iced coffee, but I also saw a cookies and cream version and a s’mores version if you’re feeling really indulgent.
Barissimo Mocha Iced Coffee cost $2.99 at the time of publication for a half gallon (1.89 liters) container. The carton advertises that this premium blend coffee is made with real milk and cream.
This is a Regular Buy, which means you should be able to find it at Aldi any time of year.
Ingredients include coffee, milk, sugar, cream, and less than 2% of sweet whey, cocoa, gellan gum, carrageenan, natural flavors, and sodium citrate. Naturally, because this has to last on grocery store shelves for a while, this is going to contain some more processed ingredients and preservatives compared to coffee you make yourself at home.
This iced coffee is kosher, and it contains 65 mg of caffeine per 1-cup serving. If you’re looking out for allergens, it contains milk.
This is perishable and should be kept refrigerated. Shake the carton well before serving, and use within 7-10 days of opening.
There are eight 1-cup (240 mL) servings per container. One serving has 130 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat (3% DV), 1.5 grams of saturated fat (8% DV), 75 mg of sodium (3% DV), 24 grams of total carbohydrates (9% DV), 23 grams of total sugars, and 17 grams of added sugars (34% DV).
This is one of the sweetest iced coffees I’ve tasted. It’s noticeably sweeter and less bitter than the Starbucks Iced Espresso Vanilla Latte you can find at various retailers, including Aldi and Target. It’s also a bit sweeter than the iced coffees I’ve gotten from a local coffee shop. I wouldn’t consider it to be overly sweet like some coffee or latte types of drinks I’ve purchased from Aldi in the past, though. I actually really like the taste of this creamy iced coffee.
Served over some ice, this was a nice accompaniment to a quick and simple breakfast of yogurt on a busy weekday morning when I had to get the kids off to school. I’m not sure I’d drink it all the time because it contains 17 grams of sugar per 1-cup serving, but it’s a nice treat.
Barissimo Mocha Iced Coffee is a great choice. It’s sweet but not too sweet, with a hint of chocolate flavor. If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative to a daily coffee shop stop, this is a good option. Just shake the carton well and pour over ice.