Nitro Cold Brew At Home
Nitro cold brew is a relatively new coffee trend that is gaining traction among many coffee lovers and retailers. It's brewed like Guinness beer: nitrogen and carbon are injected into cold coffee through a keg system, resulting in a foamy head. This process also helps to reveal some of the different flavors and gives the coffee a thicker body.
To enjoy nitro cold brew coffee, you can go to your favorite coffee shop or buy a canned version at the grocery store.
But if you have the desire and the time, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to make your own nitro cold brew at home. And the resulting drink will be just as good as the coffee you'd get at a coffee shop.
Watch this video for an overview of how to make nitro cold brew at home:
What Do You Need?
At first glance, the recipe seems very simple, but in reality, you will have to spend a lot of time making your cold brew concentrate. Here's what you'll need:
- Freshly roasted coffee beans
- Clean, filtered water
- Large mason jar or any large container
- Paper filter
- Whipped cream dispenser
- 1 pressurized nitrogen or nitrous oxide cartridge
- Serving glass
A whipped cream dispenser is a metal canister with a dispensing nozzle that whips cream and other liquids using pressurized nitrous oxide or nitrogen cartridges.
If you don't want to make your own cold brew concentrate, you can buy cold brew from a store. If you go this route, you won't need the coffee beans, grinder, water, or filter.
How to Make Nitro Cold Brew
1. Making Cold Brew
The heart of nitro cold brew coffee is, of course, cold brew. You can either make your own or buy pre-made cold brew at a store.
We recommend that you make cold brew yourself. It's incredibly simple and significantly less expensive than buying it at the store, and you can use your favorite coffee beans. But it does take at least 10 hours to make.
Cold brew allows you to get rid of the brightest and most bitter notes in coffee and have an exceptionally smooth drink. Strong, aromatic beans with earthy and chocolate notes, such as medium-roasted Colombian beans, are an excellent choice.
Here's a quick overview of how cold brew concentrate is made: coarsely ground coffee beans are infused in cold, filtered water for 10 to 24 hours, and then the liquid is filtered using a paper coffee filter. This results in a coffee concentrate, which should be diluted with water in a 1:1 ratio before drinking.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Cold Brew Concentrate
- Beans. It all starts with ground coffee. You need a medium to coarse grind; the coffee should look like fine gravel or coarse sand. Grind the required amount of coffee put it in a large glass or plastic container. For any container size, use a 1:5 coffee-to-water ratio.
- Water. Any clean, filtered water will do. Bottled mineral water can be used, but it often tastes different from fresh filtered water. The mineralization of the water can vary from 75 to 175 mg/L. The recommended value is 100 mg/L. Use a 1:5 coffee-to-water ratio. Add the water to the container with the coffee grounds and stir with a plastic spoon. Then cover the container with a lid. It's best if no space remains between the liquid and the lid in the container. This will keep oxygen from affecting the infusion process.
- Infusion. Place the container in the refrigerator and let sit for 10 to 24 hours. Infusing for 24 hours is best because the coffee will be the densest and most balanced in taste. It can be useful to shake the container after 8 to 10 hours; this will help the coffee and water mix better.
- Filtration. After you've infused the coffee for 10 to 24 hours, you must filter it. To do this, you need a second container and a fine sieve or a special paper coffee filter. You can also use medical gauze or clean tights placed over a standard strainer. After filtering for the first time, you may need to repeat the process if there are still small coffee grounds in the concentrate.
- Concentrate readiness. Once your coffee has been filtered it is ready to be converted into nitro coffee!
2. Making Nitro Cold Brew Using a Whipped Cream Dispenser
Nitro Cold Brew
Brew Time: 10-24 hours
Yield: 4 Cups
What You Need
1. Make cold brew concentrate or buy a ready-made cold brew concentrate.
2. Cool the serving glass.
3. Dilute the concentrate 1:1 with clean drinking water.
4. Pour the cold brew into the whipped cream dispenser and close the lid.
5. Charge the whipped cream dispenser with the nitrogen or nitrous oxide cartridge.
6. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
7. Release the gas, turn the canister upside down, and dispense fresh nitro cold brew into the serving glass. Add syrup to taste if desired.
3. Time to Enjoy Your Drink!
Nitro cold brew is a unique drink. From the first sip, you will notice a sweet, creamy aftertaste, even though the drink doesn't contain dairy.
The nitrogen gas gives the coffee its sweetness, and the tiny nitrogen bubbles give the drink its creaminess.
If you usually add sugar to your coffee, nitro cold brew can be a good alternative to help you cut back on sugar and avoid adverse health effects.
If you're a fan of experimenting, try adding a little amaretto or chocolate syrup to your drink—the result will pleasantly surprise you.
Now that you know how easy it is to make nitro cold brew at home, there is no reason not to try it. This beautiful, healthy, refreshing drink can finally become a staple of your summer coffee diet. Also, take note: for each serving you make at home, you will save about $3-4.