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Blue Bottle Coffee and Clover Farms have gone partners in a New Orleans-style iced coffee drink.

Blue Bottle Coffee meets Clover Farms in a New Orleans-style drink

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 12:40 pm

What’s better than a glass of icy cold milk or a glass of strong iced coffee? That would be a blend of the two in one place, now available in a new product.

Blue Bottle Coffee of Oakland has partnered with Clover Organic Farms of Sonoma County to offer a cold-brewed New Orleans-style iced coffee that has just the right touch of organic chicory and cane sugar. It’s not too sweet and not too bitter. Drink it straight or pour it over ice.

Blue Bottle New Orleans Iced Coffee is priced at $3.99 for a 10.66-ounce carton, but the price apparently isn’t a deterrent.

“It’s flying out of here,” said Rick Mindermann, store director of Corti Bros. Market. “Our initial order sold in just a few days, with people coming back the next day to buy more. When I see that, it’s not just because they’re interested in a brand-new product. Everybody who has tasted it says it’s fantastic.”

We agree. In the words of our tasters, it’s “fabulous,” “delicious,” “refreshing” and “the perfect coffee-lovers’ drink for summer.”

In case you don’t know, Blue Bottle coffee is the rage in the Bay Area, sold at a few kiosks and farmers markets in San Francisco and Oakland. Two Blue Bottle coffee bars are inside the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero in San Francisco ( Prepare to wait in line.

At, the announcement reads in part, “Clover beat out all competitor dairy brands in a blind taste test to secure the partnership. ‘We’ve partnered with folks who are as passionate about coffee as we are about milk,’ says (Clover CEOP) Marcus Benedetti.”

Look for the iced coffee wherever Clover products are sold. One source is Corti Bros. Market, 5810 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 736-3800,

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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