Nitro cold brew coffee is the third-wave coffee shop trend currently caffeinating the masses. This bold beverage takes the smoothness of cold brew coffee and elevates it by injecting it with nitrogen gas. The end result is rich, slightly-sweet coffee that has a mouthfeel reminiscent of a nitrogen-infused beer like Guinness. There is almost no bitterness because the beans don’t release their tannins in hot water. And the sweetness comes from the nitrogen itself, instead of any added sugar, meaning it’s a diet-friendly option. Plus, nitrogen-infused coffee is the ultimate Instagram-worthy beverage because it looks gorgeous in a glass. So it’s no wonder this is the drink of choice at your hip local coffee shop and that major coffee chains are now adding it to their menus, too.
There are a few issues with nitro cold brew coffee, though. First of all, it’s expensive. Buying it at your local coffee shop will set you back up to $5 a cup. That’s an expensive habit to keep up. Part of the expense comes with the process involved in making the nitrogen-infused coffee as well as the equipment a shop will need to invest in to do so. The other problem with nitro cold brew coffee is that it’s not always available. It’s a relatively new trend in coffee drinking, so you may struggle to find a source near you.
Both of these issues easy to overcome. You just need to make nitro coffee at home. And it’s a lot easier (and more affordable) than it sounds.
How to Make Nitro Coffee at Home (the Easy Way!)
A lot of people shy away from making nitro cold brew coffee at home because they assume it’s a complicated process. And with some methods, they are right. You’ll end up buying a lot of gear to make one glass of nitro cold brew coffee. Thankfully, though, systems like NitroBrew have come along. The NitroBrew system makes it simple to brew a single cup of nitrogen-infused cold brew whenever you want it and without the cost or the hassle.
First, you’ll need to make some cold brew coffee or buy it from the store. There are many ready-made options, but making it yourself is pretty easy. Start by coarse grinding the coffee beans of your choice. Then, use a ratio of one part coffee beans to three parts water. Pour the cold water over your grounds and let them soak for 24 hours in your refrigerator. Filter the liquid into a clean container. This will create a cold brew coffee concentrate. Dilute the concentrate at a 1 to 1 ratio; one cup of cold brew concentrate and one cup of water should come out about perfect. You can adjust according to your taste preferences.
Then it’s just a matter of plugging in your NitroBrew and connecting it to your nitrogen line. Then you can pour your coffee in four easy steps:
- Fill your kettle with cold brew coffee. You can use the cold brew of your choice, whether you’ve made it at home or bought it from the store. Don’t forget that you can fill the kettle with beer and nitro-infuse it, too.
- Flavor your coffee. This step is optional but can be a lot of fun. Use the flavor of your choice. You can even skip the sugary syrups and try infusing your coffee with natural flavors like mint, pumpkin, or cloves.
- Charge it with nitrogen. You’ll do this by pressing the kettle into the charging station. The station does all the work for you. This adds the nitrogen gas to the cold brew, giving it the smooth texture and creamy taste.
- Pour your glass of cold brew. Give the kettle a swirl to make sure all the gas mixed in evenly. Then pour the nitro coffee into your favorite cup!
One of the benefits of this system is you can create nitro coffee one cup at a time, whenever you want it. So you can customize the flavor for family and friends and ensure everyone gets exactly what they want. It’s like having your own high-end coffee shop in your kitchen (and for a fraction of the price!). Plus, the whole process takes a few minutes. That means it’s actually faster to make your cold brew at home than it is to go to the coffee shop to buy it.
Alternative Ways to Make Nitro Coffee
The NitroBrew system isn’t the only way to make nitro cold brew coffee at home. Alternative methods require a lot more equipment and a lot more time. Not only will the gear set you back a few hundred dollars, but you’ll end up spending hours getting it set up, cleaning, and maintaining it.
To get the same results that you’d get from the NitroBrew system, you’ll need:
- A keg. This will hold your cold brew coffee.
- A nitrogen tap faucet. You can’t use a regular tap handle or faucet. You’ll need one specifically made for nitrogen infused drinks.
- A nitrogen tank. It’s best to get one with a pressure gauge on it for monitoring purposes.
You’ll put your cold brew in the keg and infuse it with nitrogen from a tank, then pour it from the tap. This could be a workable solution if you want to make huge batches of nitro cold brew coffee at a time. Of course, the downside is the space required. Kegs, taps, and tanks all take up a lot of room. So this is an option that’s likely more suited for a commercial environment instead of the average home kitchen.
Ready to Make Nitro Coffee At Home?
The NitroBrew system is the easiest way to get the smooth, rich taste of a nitro cold brew coffee at home. For about $0.50 a cup, you’ll get to enjoy a nitro cold brew coffee in the comfort of your own kitchen. No more trekking down to the local coffee shop, waiting in line, and shelling out $5 for the privilege. Place an order for the NitroBrew system today. You can be pouring your first glass of creamy, foamy nitro cold brew coffee minutes after it arrives. Learn more about our nitro brew systems for the home as well as your commercial or retail space on our website. Contact Us to understand what Nitro Brew System will fit your requirement.