What is Nitro Cold Brew?

Everything you need to know about the hottest cold brew in town.

What is Nitro Cold Brew Coffee?

You may have heard the term ‘nitro cold brew’ or simply ‘nitro coffee’, but what exactly is it? The name ‘nitro cold brew’ in itself can be a bit of mouthful, but it’s worth taking a second to break it down.

Cold brew coffee is the result of steeping coffee in cold water for a long period of time. That by itself is how cold brew is made. This next step is to infuse it with nitrogen gas, which is a common practice in the beer brewing industry — the nitrogen accentuates the natural sweetness and adds a creamy, almost Guiness-esque appearance and texture.

In short, cold brew coffee + infused with nitrogen gas = nitro cold brew

Just like a stout beer, nitro coffee is then poured from a beer tap. The drink is served chilled, and since its inception in the US in the early 2010’s has become a popular addition to many bars and cafes.

What Does It Taste Like?

Expect a refreshing take on chilled coffee that has all the boldness of coffee yet is smooth, creamy and has low acidity. The nitrogen gives the coffee a big body, and provides a mesmerising cascade effect, just like a Guinness. Like all speciality coffee it has the showcases the flavour inherit in the particular coffee, but the main difference here from normal cold brew is the mouthfeel from the nitrogenation.

What Makes Climpson’s Nitro different?

Our nitro cold brew is made with our seasonal speciality coffee, roasted by us in our London Fields roastery. We tend to pick a coffee that will lend itself to the inherit big body of the nitro, so we will often pick a South American coffee that will bring sweetness and usually some chocolatey and nutty vibes. Right now we’re using the Fazenda Recreio from Brazil, smooth and sweet with caramel and praline tasting notes.

Where Can I Try Some?

We currently have our nitro cold brew at the Climpson’s Coffee Bar in Old Spitalfields Market. Served cold from the tap this is a refreshing way to get a (huge) caffeine fix. If you’re feeling a bit saucy we’ve also got nitro espresso martini on tap, think the same, plus vodka and a few other choice ingredients. Keep your eyes peeled for more nitro cold brew soon!

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