I was so sad when I heard that Bibicaffe, one of the best coffee drinks I ever had, are no longer being imported int the U.S. Bibicaffe was a coffee soda. Now I know what you are thinking – that a coffee soda is akin to saying a tuna fish milkshake – but this was truly an amazing thing. The only problem with Bibcaffe was that it was impossible to find.
A very nice person recently sent me just one bottle of Frizz Coffee cola after hearing of my love of Bibi. Frizz is also made in Italy, also in a cool looking bottle, and is altogether a perfect substitute. My hope is that soon this coffee soda will make its way back to stores in my area. While the buzz is nothing spectacular, the flavor is about as close to coffee heaven as you can get. Bibicaffe is dead – Long Live the Frizz!
I really like this cute thick glass bottle Frizz comes in. Besides looking like you could brain someone with it in a pinch, it just feels comfortable being palmed – like a cute hand grenade. Besides the cute 8 ounce bottle, this has an interesting label with everything written in English and (I am guessing here) Italian. It definitely has that Intercontinental feel to it, with the slogan even in italian and a little flag informing you this was made in Italy too. Yes, it is very simple, but it works very well too.
This is just simply amazing. Many of you might balk at the thought of a coffee soda, but this is about as far from Coke Blak as you can get. While the ingredients are very simple, the flavor is anything but. Take my word, if you find this at a store near you, just try it. You WILL fall in love.
This is a very strong and rich coffee drink – perfect for those who actually like coffee. I tasted notes of cinnamon, caramels and toasted almonds. The carbonation is not too much, but enough to really open the flavors buried inside the coffee. This is not a drink you are going to be able to sip, as the flavor it really too good and the bottle is too small. I hear this comes in a bigger liter size – which would be what this needs. The only problem with this is that there is not nearly enough to satisfy. I could easily down two or three of these without even blinking.
The ingredients list is very simple and natural; water, sugar, coffee and caramel color. I appreciate the lack of preservatives in here, and just letting the delicious coffee flavors through.
There is no added caffeine in here, and just the caffeine found in a normal rich Italian Espresso. If you down just one, don’t expect much of a lift – as that is barely an espresso’s worth of caffeine. According to the manufacturer, there is around 55-60mg of caffeine per bottle, which is not so bad. Actually, it just makes it possible to drink 3 of these, something I am more than happy to do.