This is my first glass of nitro coffee.

A glass of nitro coffee.Nope, not beer. Cold brew coffee.

I know, it looks like he’d drawing a half pint of beer. It even looks like beer.

But it’s not.

Nitro coffee is one of the new things out there. One step up from regular cold-brew coffee.


Advertisement:


The process starts off the same. The coffee is made with the cold-brew method, over a period of 12-18 hours.

Cold brew makes a coffee that is smoother, with lower acidity, and it has a chocolaty sweetness to it. It’s all the rage in third-wave coffee shops. 

The next step, hit upon by Ben Sandler, the owner of The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria NY, was to imagine how cool it would be if you could pull a glass of coffee the same way you do with a glass of beer. 

In the world of beer that is done by adding pressure to the keg under the counter. So Ben and one of his baristas asked the question, “Why not with coffee too?”

Nitro coffee is the result of that conversation.

The nitrogen not only pushed the coffee out of the keg, but also adds a velvety head to the coffee, just like with a glass of stout. Arguably, it also makes the whole glass of coffee a little smoother too.

And yes, it looks an awful lot like a glass of Guinness.

A glass of nitro cold-brew coffee.In all its glory, looking suspiciously like a cool glass of stout.

I had my nitro coffee here in Montreal, at the Paquebot Café on Rue Belanger. That’s where I took the photos too. They brew regular coffee and espresso drinks, but nitro coffee is their signature offering.

Did I like it? Sure I did. Very smooth. You get the slight bitterness you associate with coffee, and a soft sweetness too. I can see myself really getting into it over the hot days of summer. Maybe less during the winter.

And here’s the weird thing. If I had been blindfolded, and someone told me they were giving me a glass of cold stout, I could almost have believed them.

Think about it…cold, bitter, smooth, sweet. Couldn’t that be a craft stout?

Of course, in the end, you think, “Dang, this is coffee!” But it’s a weird first moment or two, as you pick up the frosty beer glass, feel the froth on your upper lip and take that first cold sip.

Keep your eyes put for nitro coffee. If it’s not there already, it will be coming to a coffee shop in your neighborhood soon.

And it won’t stop there. There are folks out there who are already working with nitro coffee as the base for a range of coffee cocktails.

Hmmm…whatever happened to a regular cup of Joe?


Advertisement:

About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…

health benefits of coffee

This 9-page report tells you about some of the surprising, and important health benefits of drinking coffee.

This report is yours FREE when you sign up for the Coffee Detective Newsletter

"The Health Benefits of
Drinking Coffee"

Sign up below and we'll provide a link where you can download your report immediately.

Email

Name

Then

Your e-mail address is totally secure, and will be used only to send you The Coffee Detective Newsletter.



What's new...

  1. Our review of Trailhead Coffee Roasters’ Guatemala Coffee.

    This wonderful Guatemala from Trailhead Coffee Roasters was sent to us by Brothers Roasting Company.

    Read More

  2. What does it mean to have moist or oily coffee beans?

    QUESTION: Just opened two bags of BARISSIMO ORGANIC WHOLE BEAN COFFEE and looking inside bag it was very obvious that the beans are wet or oily; such

    Read More

  3. Our review of Benante’s Blend from Dark matter Coffee.

    Our review of a surprisingly smooth and subtle coffee from the drummer of thrash metal band Anthrax.

    Read More

  4. A few of our favorite coffee photos.

    After taking and collecting photos for this website for several years now, we have a few coffee photos that stand out as favorites.

    Read More




The Best Coffee Blogs of 2016 by Market Inspector