Everything you need to know about Cold Brew coffee
What is Cold Brew?
Cold Brew is the latest craze to drive innovation in the coffee category. You’ve most likely heard of the ‘third wave’ of coffee, well Cold Brew is definitely part of this movement. Not to be confused with iced-coffee, Cold Brew is brewed completely differently to any other kind of coffee drink which gives it a really distinctive character, texture and flavour.
Cold Brew vs Iced-Coffee?
You may be wondering what the difference is between iced-coffee and Cold Brew. Well, iced coffee is brewed hot, cooled down and then served over ice, whereas Cold Brew coffee is NEVER exposed to heat. Instead it is steeped in cold/room temperature water for up to 24 hours to extract the best flavours from the bean before being served.
Some like it COLD
Brewing coffee in cold water makes a big difference to the taste of the coffee. It creates a smoother, less acidic, and much more flavoursome coffee. It also contains up to 4 times more caffeine than a regular coffee. So if you are looking for a natural pick-me-up, Cold Brew is the way to go.
What is nitro coffee?
Nitro Coffee is Cold Brew coffee that has been infused with nitrogen gas. The coffee is dispensed through a high pressurised vessel with tiny holes, often in the format of a tap, which creates a creamy, cascading coffee with a much silkier mouth feel. If you imagine the texture of a Guinness or stout, you are not too far away from the nitro coffee texture.
A growing trend
Cold Brew is most popular in the US, where the sub-segment grew 580% from 2011 to 2016. Awareness across Europe is still relatively low but this is set to change as some of the big coffee brands begin trialling Cold Brew in their stores. If you think Flat White is big, you need to watch this space for Cold Brew!