Ron Reviews: Five Bucks from Indigo Vapor

One of my favorite flavor profiles is coffee, A simple flavor you might think but one that seems to be a bit challenging to create and incorporate into a E-Liquid successfully.  Lord only knows how many times I have been disappointed with coffee flavored E-Liquid so I am especially pleased to review this one for you!  Five Bucks from Indigo Vapor

Indigo Vapor

First Impressions

This flavor was developed by Tony and Cheryl of Indigo Vapor and supplied to me at no charge for the purpose of this review (Thank you Tony and Cheryl) and the description from their website is as follows:

“Caramel Macchiato…A smooth concoction of Coffee, Cream and Caramel!”

The order shipped promptly from their facility in Mishawaka, Indiana via USPS in one of the small flat rate priority mail the S&H charge on this order would have been $5.60 I believe. However S&H is included in orders over $50.00.

Prices start at $9.49 for a 15ml bottle, $17.95 for a 30ml bottle, $32.95 for a 60ml bottle and $61.95 for their 120ml “Monolith”

They also have a wide variety of sample packs as well as a “reserve” tobacco flavor that is only available in 15ml bottles for $10.49 when it is available as each batch is aged for two months before it is offered.

The box contained 3 nice (and well filled) glass bottles with glass droppers attached and sealed with plastic. The kind of seal that you might get on a bottle of cough syrup. And a lot of styrofoam peanuts to protect them. Absolutely no odor came from the packaging as the bottles were well sealed indeed. The bottles were well marked with the company logo and website and proudly marked “Made In America”. On the back of the bottle was the name of the flavor, its “Born On” date and the level of nicotine content.

The liquid inside is a very dark “coffee color and when I went for the “sniff” test, I was indeed rewarded with a light yet true coffee scent and I could indeed detect the undertones of sweet Caramel.

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Now for the actual test

Indigo normally creates their E-Liquids in a standard 50/50 mix of PG/VG with your choice of 0, 6, 12, 18 or 24mg of nicotine. But if you ask them, they will mix as you prefer it. In this case, I went with their standard 50/50 mix at 24mg of nic.

Kanger-evod-batteries-and-cartos-300x227A couple of changes in my review process since the last one.

I am now using the Kanger Evod with a fresh 2.5 ohm head courtesy of Rick of Vapor Alley who is most kindly supporting my reviews. A sincere thank you good sir!

And I have also upgraded my APV for these reviews which is now an Vamo VV/VW which I purchased myself.

As usual, I start out at 3.4v and walk my way up to 4.2v before settling in at 3.6v.

The first thing I noticed on inhale was what I will describe as a “mid-range” coffee flavor. lightly sweet with a hint of cream.

I also noticed that at the higher voltage settings I got a slightly bitter/slightly burned coffee taste which I find is about par for the course in my experience with any coffee flavored E-Liquid.

Vapor production is excellent and the amount of throat hit is much more than I  would expect from a 50/50 mix at 24mg.  Very nice and it will get your attention in a very satisfying fashion!.


A Week Later

I am now at 3.8v

Throat hit and vapor production have remained the same and I am still well satisfied with both.

The caramel notes are now much more pronounced as well as the cream notes as well as slightly sweeter than before.   The coffee flavor has become deeper, darker and richer as well. The mix of flavors have had time to “come together” in a very satisfactory manner as far as I am concerned.  I can’t help but think that it reminds me of a great Kahlua flavor with a more aggressive coffee note to it and a nice dash of caramel and cream  to sweeten and unify the flavor profile.

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If you like TRUE coffee flavors, you should really consider this one!


Now a little bit about Indigo Vapor

As usual, I spent a lot of time collecting information from Tony about his operation. And this is the first time that anyone has sent me a picture of their mixing area which I have included with this review.

Tony takes great pride in handcrafting his E-Liquid creations. Proper sanitary garb, including gloves and hair net, face mask and glasses, all stainless steel work surfaces which are sanitized repeatedly throughout the day along with the rest of the room (including the floor, walls and even the ceiling) at least once a week with a food grade sanitizer. All bottles and glassware (what we receive as well as what he uses to mix in) are washed and sanitized prior to use. His glass storage bottles are amber to protect from degradation from ambient light.

The following is copied from his website about the quality of the ingredients used as well as a bit about his philosophy.


1. All flavors sold by Indigo Vapor are developed and produced in-house.
2. Indigo-Mix-AreaWe use only the highest quality ingredients available.
3. We only use pharmaceutical grade Nicotine, Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propolene Glycol (PG).
4. We only use Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) approved flavorings.
5. All of our E Liquids are mixed to a 50/50 PG/VG blend as we have found that ratio to work the best across various hardware setups. We will however customize them by request.
6. We are particularly proud of our depth flavor, while staying true to the nucleus of the flavor being created – pure flavors improved!
7. Glass bottles. All of our products are sold in glass bottles including our sample packs. The main reason for that is safety and peace of mind. It’s important for our customers to know that there is absolutely no interaction between the liquid and the bottle that it’s stored in. For that same reason all of our bases and flavorings are stored in glass as well.

1. We don’t use dyes or colorings besides what are present in the base flavors. These serve no purpose other than marketing.
2. We don’t use oil based flavorings – all of our flavorings are suspended in PG.
3. We don’t use ANY flavoring that contain Diacetyl, Acetyl Propionyl or Acetoin.

We very much consider ourselves a customer service company that happens to make eLiquid. I think that seems counter intuitive to some, but we can’t do what we do without backing it up by first and foremost serving our customers to the best of our ability and treating each and everyone of them the way we would want to be treated.

Cheryl and I are both vaping enthusiasts and care about vaping a great deal as well as the community that surrounds it. And we feel that our feelings about what we do translate into our final product.


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I have really enjoyed reviewing this E-Liquid and I appreciate Tony going the extra mile to provide pictures of his mixing area as well as details of what he is doing behind the scenes to provide a safe, sanitary and absolutely vapeable product for us to enjoy!


Vape like you mean it and I will see you again in a couple of weeks!