Excited to jumpstart your morning, you head out to the café for your daily cup of coffee. On your walk over, you realize — today’s going to be a hot one and your normal hot cup just won’t suffice. By the time you arrive, you’re craving a cold, refreshing, and caffeinated beverage - cold brew. You finally make your way up to the café counter and see a sign for “Nitro” Cold Brew -- What’s that!?
Navigating the different choices of chilled coffee can be tricky if you don’t know the nuances of each. Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew are great offers for a hot summer day, but understanding the process of how each is brewed and served will help you find the best cup for your taste.
At Fazenda, we brew both Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew — supplied to some of the most highly regarded cafes and restaurants in the area. To help you make your decision, here’s a quick breakdown of the science behind each.
Our lead “cold brewer,” Jen, says she loves it because of its refreshing and versatile nature. We couldn’t agree more. If you’re looking for a deliciously nuanced and chilled cup of coffee that’s easy on the stomach, cold brew is the way to go.
Here’s how the magic happens: during the cold brew process, time replaces heat. Our unique blend of Central and South American coffees are steeped over 16 hours and triple filtered, yielding a medium-bodied, smooth brew with low acidity and natural sweetness.
We are able to extract the delicious flavors, while filtering out the bitter acids and oils. The solubility of coffee decreases as the water temperature decreases, so when coffee is “cold-brewed,” much less of the oils with acidic qualities are extracted — which makes it gentler on the stomach and digestive system.
While cold brew is easy on the stomach, it can still pack a punch of caffeine. But answering the question, “Does cold brew have more caffeine?,” is not a simple answer. On one hand, you extract more caffeine when you brew coffee with hot water. On the other hand, even though there is less caffeine extracted with the cold brew method, the higher coffee-to-water ratio may compensate for this difference in solubility, and you may have a cold brew with equal, if not, more caffeine. This may be perfect for the veteran coffee-drinker who is looking for a little kick.
Want to try to make cold brew at home? Try with a French press, Toddy, or Filtron system by letting medium-coarsely ground beans steep in water for at least 12 hours. Gravity and time do all the work! Enjoy our cold brew over ice for a sweet and refreshing coffee experience.
For those of you who enjoy the satisfaction of drinking a chilled beverage directly from the tap and love a frothy, beer-like treat, this is the choice for you.
Our magical Nitro Cold Brew starts with Fazenda Cold Brew coffee. It is infused with nitrogen gas, kegged like beer, and served straight from the tap, creating a creamy, Guinness-like effect. The texture provides a much silkier mouthfeel than traditional cold brew
Our Nitro Cold Brew is best served up in a chilled glass, with no ice (ice will compromise the stout-like effect).
Us folks at Fazenda appreciate the science and the time it takes to make the perfect cup of coffee. So next time you’re craving that refreshing cold cup, think about trying Cold Brew or Nitro Cold Brew at a local stop near you. Fazenda’s Nitro Cold Brew can be found at: Pemberton Farms, Oggi Gourmet, Ziggy’s Coffee Bar, Gulu Gulu Cafe, and more.