FAQ

WHERE DID THE NAME SECRET SQUIRREL COME FROM? 

Our name comes from a saying our founder grew up with in the Washington DC area. Secret Squirrel meant inside scoop,  as in “I have a Secret Squirrel restaurant”  When we got our start 5 years ago we had the inside scoop way to cold brew coffee, we had Secret Squirrel Cold Brew Coffee. 

WHAT IS COLD BREWING?

Cold brew describes the process we use to brew our premium coffee beverages. Instead of using heat to brew our coffee and tea, we use cool water and time -up to 22 hours for our coffee products. The difference is in the taste -heat extracts oils that contain the bitter flavors of conventional brewed coffee and tea. The cold process leave the oils behind resulting in smooth full flavored  coffee products.

WHY DO YOUR PRODUCTS REQUIRE REFRIGERATION?

Our products do not contain any preservatives or artificial flavors, so require refrigeration to stay fresh.

WHAT IS HPP?

Instead of using ultra heat temperatures and/or preservatives for food safety measures, we use high pressure processing (HPP) for our products for food safety, high quality, and great taste.

WHY ARE YOUR DAIRY PRODUCTS NOT CERTIFIED ORGANIC? 

Due to the persistent shortage of organic milk supply in the US we needed to source rBST free milk instead. Most of our other ingredients are organic certified -coffee, sugar, cocoa, extracts . . . We have a strong preference to use organic ingredients in our products whenever we can.

WHAT IS RBST FREE MILK?

rBST is a hormone used to stimulate cows to produce more milk. While some amount of hormones naturally exist in cows, we've opted to source our milk from dairies that do not inject their cows extra doses of hormones to increase milk production.

WHERE IS YOUR COFFEE FROM?

We source our premium organic coffee beans from South America.

ARE YOUR BOTTLES BPA-FREE?

Yes.

HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IS THERE PER SERVING?

Our ready to drink coffee beverages contain about 200 mg of caffeine per 8oz serving. A typical 8oz serving of hot brewed coffee  contains 100-140 mg.

DO YOUR COFFEE PRODUCTS CONTAIN ANY ALLERGENS?

Yes our dairy products do contain milk.

WHAT IS CHICORY?

Chicory is the roasted and ground root of the cultivated plant species, ChicoriumIntybus. It is used in coffee around the world and famously in New Orleans at Cafe Du Monde.