Reborn Coffee

reborn smallReborn Coffee is located in a fairly new shopping center in Brea Hills. I didn’t go looking for them, they actually found me, I was scrolling through my explore page on Instagram and there they were! Of course I looked them up and knew I had to check them out.

Reborn is unlike any other coffee shop I’ve been to. Why you ask? The short answer is because they use Sprouted Coffee. That unfortunately leads to more questions, mainly what is sprouted coffee? I’m so glad you asked. It all starts with what they call the “Bean bath”  When the coffee beans have arrived they get washed with Reborn’s magnetically treated Reborn Water to extract all the impurities. Next up, is the “bean nursery” After the coffee beans get a bath the germination process begins and they begin to slightly sprout again. The germination process enhances the level of nutrients, resulting in an entirely new flavor profile when roasted. Once the beans have sprouted, they are completely dried and get ready for roasting. Lastly, it’s time for roasting! Reborn’s HQ is in SoCal and that is where they roast all of their beans. The Sprouted beans are roasted in smaller batches to maintain only the highest quality and consistency before they pack the beans. The whole process sounds awesome to me and something I would love to see in person.

The shop is clean and simple. It was the most modern looking shop I think I’ve been to. I went to Reborn for one reason and one reason only, to try their cold brew flight. I saw pictures of it on Instagram and their Yelp! page and knew it was what I wanted to try. I did glance at the menu when I got there, they serve your typical espresso drinks and because it’s California they also have a line of “Rebornades” which are all natural healthy aides for your diet and beauty. Basically, to me they look like fancy lemonades full of healthy stuff. For example, the “Blooming Beauty” is made with a triple fermented pomegranate vinegar, blackberry, lemon zest and rosemary. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be healthy and a couple of them sounded pretty good but I was here on a mission. While we are talking about their menu, they also had a small pastry selection and some macarons to choose from.

reborn cold brewI didn’t realize it at the time but I was here on National Cold Brew Day, so I ended getting a discount on my flight. I also got a chocolate croissant warmed. It was delicious, it was crunchy on the outside, flaky and full of chocolate goodness on the inside. My only issue with it was the chocolate drizzle on top. As I would bite into the croissant, the drizzle on top would fall off. Let’s get into the flight. They have five cold brews to choose from, you get to pick four for this flight. I went with: Colombia Bucaramanga, Guatemala Huehuetenango, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, and their nitro float. They give you a little card in front of each coffee with the flavor profile on it so you have an idea of what you should be tasting. I went full on coffee geek, I would smell each one, taste, and then take notes. I did notice a couple watching me but whatever I was in my own little coffee world and enjoying every minute of it.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe: Apricot, Honey, Tea Tree

Because I’m a coffee dork, I did smell this and every coffee, like I mentioned earlier. When I did smell it, I got a sweetness from the honey that I really enjoyed. This Ethiopia has a medium acidity to it, it also had a strong apricot taste to it. It was the overwhelming flavor that I got from this cold brew. It was probably my second favorite out of the four.

Nitro Float: Nitro Cold Brew & A2 Real Milk Soft

Like any typical Nitro Cold brew, it was well balanced and smooth. If you’ve never had a Nitro Cold Brew before, let me explain it to you. Its regular cold brew that you then infuse with nitrogen to give it that rich creamy head, similar to Guinness. Infusing cold brew with nitrogen also helps bring out the smoothness and sweet flavors of the coffee. This Nitro did have a strong coffee taste to it and unfortunately I couldn’t pick out any distinguishing notes to it. The A2 ice cream was okay, it didn’t really add anything to the nitro. This was probably my least favorite of the four.

Guatemala Huehuetenango: Orange, Toffee, Milk Chocolate

This version of Huehuetenango was pretty good! I say this version because Starbucks also had a limited time coffee from Huehuetenango. I prefer Reborn’s version {sorry to the siren} it has big bold flavors full of toffee with citrus undertones. I didn’t get any of the chocolate notes in this coffee and I was kind of disappointed. For me, this coffee came in third out of the four.

Colombia Bucaramanga: Floral, Macadamia, Cocoa

My favorite of the four and probably for obvious reasons, if you follow my blog. Macadamia is the first flavor I picked up in this coffee, it does have a slight cocoa taste lingering in the background. It did have a slight floral smell to it but I didn’t get any floral when I drank the cold brew. This for me was the perfect cold brew, I would go back and order just a cup of it. I am curious though if I brew this coffee as a pour over what notes I would get from it. I may just have to buy a bag and find out.

Needless to say, after this flight I was incredibly caffeinated and my hands were shaking just a bit. It was totally worth it though. Have you ever done a cold brew flight? Is there another coffee shop In SoCal or anywhere that has one that I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Oh my! I live in SoCal and it is the first time I hear about this shop. The concept sounds super interesting and I will try a coffee flight for sure. Thanks for the info! #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. I hadn’t heard of it either! The cold brew flight was the best way to try the cold brew they offer. I’m hoping they rotate their coffees so I can do another flight lol

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