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Cold Brew vs Nitro Brew

Once upon a time, coffee was simple, but then came the rise of specialty coffee. Cold coffee has become its own excessive genre with an enormous roster of beverages. In other words, there a lot of options but also questions. Nitro brew was introduced over the years, popping up in coffee shops and grocery stores. This unique style of coffee is cold-brewed and infused with nitrogen gas to improve its taste and texture. Unlike regular coffee, it’s served directly from the tap and served cold rather than piping hot. Don’t let anyone fool you; there is a difference between cold brew and nitro brew. 


How is a cold brew made?

The process of cold brew is brewed from coffee grounds that are placed in cold water for anywhere between 12 to 24 hours at room temperature. After draining the water, the coffee is put into cold storage. By maintaining the cool temperature, the cold brew then becomes less acidic. The longer the brewing process, then allows for the beverage to acquire higher caffeine content and intense flavor.


How is a nitro brew made? 

Nitro cold brew is made the same way that regular cold brew is. The delivery of the two beverages is different. After the brewing has finished and the coffee is kegged, nitrogen is infused into the cold brew. The pressurizing process the cold brew with nitrogen allows for the body of the coffee drink to come out much smoother than a typical cold brew.


How does cold brew taste? 

Heat tends to pull the most intense and aromatic chemicals out of coffee beans, which gives the slightly bitter taste of hot-brewed coffee. Because cold brew is made with cool water, it has a slightly sweeter taste, a bit milder, and less acidic than your average iced cup. The aroma and flavor aren’t as intense, but it will still taste just as fresh.


How does nitro brew taste? 

The most significant difference between a nitro brew and a cold brew is the texture. While both iced coffee options are subtle and sweet in flavor, a nitrogen cold brew has a super-smooth, rich body with a foamy top similar to draught beer.


Give your hot cup of coffee a rest and try for a cold brew from time to time to take advantage of the unique flavor and texture that each has to offer. Come out and be social by our nitro coffee bar, or find a cozy nook in our window-side seating area. We invite you to taste our freshly brewed coffee at Caffe Strega!


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