REVIEW: Quest Iced Coffee (Protein Lattes)

Flavors Tried: Mocha Latte & Vanilla Latte

Price: $29.99 for 12-pack ($2.49 each)

Nutrition: 90 Calories, 3g Fat, 5g Carbs (3g Fiber & 1g Sugar), 10g Protein, 200mg Caffeine

Quest iced coffee

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of ready-to-drink protein coffees. While I’ve enjoyed some coffee protein powders, the RTD shakes I’ve tried have always disappointed me.

Alani Nu’s coffee drinks tasted more like protein shakes with a hint of coffee, and Super Coffee, despite its popularity, had an artificial taste that I couldn’t get past. So, when I saw that Quest had released their own line of iced coffee drinks, I was equal parts excited and hesitant.

Quest makes some awesome high-protein snacks that I love (like their protein chips), but their protein shakes have always been a bit underwhelming for me. My hope is that this iced coffee will taste like actual coffee and not like their protein shakes, so let’s find out.

Quest iced coffee macros

Flavor Review: Vanilla Latte

The first sip of the Vanilla Latte was definitely on the sweeter side, but my taste buds quickly adjusted. The vanilla flavor was spot-on, reminding me of the rich, creamy taste of French vanilla creamer.

Quest vanilla latte

To my surprise, there was no artificial aftertaste, which had been a major concern for me based on past experiences with protein coffees and low-carb protein drinks.

In fact, this iced coffee tasted remarkably similar to the packaged Starbucks Vanilla Latte I used to buy from the grocery store pretty regularly. If you enjoy vanilla lattes, there’s really no reason you would not enjoy this one.

Quest managed to nail the balance between the strong vanilla flavor and the coffee, which I really appreciate as a coffee lover. Instead of hiding behind a strong vanilla flavor, the iced coffee comes through plenty.

Flavor Review: Mocha Latte

Moving on to the Mocha Latte, I found it to be a solid choice, though not quite as rich as I had hoped. The chocolate flavor was a bit subtle, allowing the coffee to take center stage. For me, that’s a good thing, but I can see how many people might prefer a bit more chocolate flavor.

Quest mocha latte

If you’re someone who prefers a less sweet drink, the Mocha Latte is definitely the way to go. It’s not as overtly sweet as the Vanilla Latte, but still delivers a smooth and enjoyable iced coffee experience.

While I wouldn’t have minded a slightly stronger chocolate presence, the Mocha Latte still managed to come close to what you’d expect from a coffeeshop drink, but with far better macros. There’s no artificial flavor to this one either, making it another solid option.

Overall Thoughts and Recommendation

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by both the Vanilla Latte and Mocha Latte Quest Iced Coffees. With 90 calories, 10g of protein, and only 1g of sugar each, they’re a delicious and macro-friendly way to enjoy coffee.

If you’re someone who gravitates towards high-sugar and high-calorie drinks at coffeeshops, there is a ton of appeal to these. Personally, I drink mostly black coffee, so these won’t be a staple, but I can appreciate the solid flavors of each.

The 10oz serving size is a bit on the smaller side for me, and the 200mg of caffeine is pretty high for the volume. I’d love to enjoy multiple throughout the day, but the caffeine content makes it more suitable as a one-time treat (to be fair, that is the case with most coffee drinks).

Compared to other protein coffees I’ve tried, like Alani Nu, I’d give Quest Iced Coffee a definite edge. Quest’s versions are more coffee-forward, which is exactly what I want in an iced coffee drink.

If you’re a fan of flavored coffee and looking for a macro-friendly option, Quest Iced Coffee is definitely worth checking out.

Quest iced coffee
REVIEW: Quest Iced Coffee (Protein Lattes)
Summary
There is nothing Earth-shattering about these protein iced coffees, but they are about as good as you can get for protein coffee. The coffee flavor is prominent, but balanced very well by the vanilla and mocha flavors. They're not far off from regular vanilla lattes or mocha lattes that you'd order, and they don't have any artificial taste either.
Drinkability
8
Flavor Accuracy
8.5
Nutrition
7.5
Overall Taste
8
The Good
Smooth and drinkable
No artificial taste
Solid macros
The Bad
200mg caffeine is pretty high for a smaller 10oz drink
8
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