I’ve been looking at new and interesting styles of coffee and came across nitro coffee.
I wondered whether I can make it home. So, I did some research, and here’s what I found.
As you may know, there’s also what’s called cold brew nitro coffee.
In this article, I’ll explain everything you need to know about Nitro coffee, how it compares to other coffee, how it’s made exactly, and whether it has more caffeine than hot brewed coffee.
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Nitro Coffee vs Cold Brew
Cold-brew isn’t a very well-known style of coffee.
Hot coffee brewed in the standard way is so good that there doesn’t seem to be any reason to change it.
But, those who have tried cold brew coffee will know that it tastes better.
The one drawback is that it’s cold. However, you can heat it up in an electric kettle or saucepan.
I wanted to know what the major difference is between nitro coffee and cold brew. Here’s what it is…
It is a very unique way to drink coffee, that you should try.
Cold-brew is different from nitro coffee because it doesn’t have nitrogen gas in it.
Drinks that are carbonated like sodas also have gas in them.
But, instead of nitrogen gas, they use CO2 gas.
Nitro coffee though has a soft cream texture, rather than a sharp and tangy bite like soda has.
Nitro coffee is typically made from cold, cold brew coffee.
Yes, cold brew coffee that is cold! But, there are rare cafes that will serve hot brewed nitro coffee.
I always prefer hot coffee even if it’s a hot day.
But, you may prefer to drink it cold.
Cold brew coffee is made differently from the standard way of making coffee.
But, the process is very similar and easy.
How cold brew is made vs nitro coffee
The easiest and most tried and true method to make cold brew coffee is to use a French Press.
You use 1 part ground coffee to 1 part water and leave it overnight in the fridge.
This will make a cold brew coffee concentrate.
You then press the French press as you would when making a normal pot of coffee.
You can add a small amount of the cold brew concentrate into a cup and pour over either boiling or cold water.
And enjoy your cold brew coffee hot or cold.
Nitro coffee is made by pouring some cold brew coffee in a cream whipper/whipping siphon and then filling it with nitrogen gas.
A cream whipper has a small part that you can unscrew.
And inside that, you put a small nitrogen canister.
Here’s a quick video showing how to make nitro coffee at home using a cream whipper:
Is Nitro Cold Brew Stronger Than Regular Coffee?
If you’ve never tried nitro cold brew before you may be wondering how it tastes compared to regular coffee.
Here’s the scoop…
Regular coffee has a more bitter taste compared to cold brew coffee.
But, the strength of the coffee overall comes from how much coffee grinds you use.
For example, if you use 1 tablespoon of coffee to make your coffee it won’t be as strong as if you use 2 tablespoons of coffee to make it.
And during the brewing process using boiling water or cold water doesn’t affect how strong the coffee is.
The main difference is the flavors that come through.
Cold brew coffee, which is what nitro coffee is made out of, is, in general, more flavorful and better-tasting than regular coffee.
Here’s a table that shows a side by side comparison of two coffees from Starbucks, one is cold brew the other is regular coffee:
|Starbucks® Cold Brew Coffee||Caffè Americano|
As you may know, an americano is just hot water and coffee with nothing else.
As you can see, the cold brew has slightly less caffeine then the americano.
The caffeine content makes it taste a lot stronger and gives you more energy and makes you more alert.
How Much Caffeine Does Nitro Cold Brew Have?
There is a recommended amount of caffeine that you should drink in a day, but how much caffeine is there in a nitro cold brew?
As I mentioned above, cold brew coffee has around 10% less caffeine than hot brewed coffee.
Here’s a table that shows the caffeine content of some different coffee roasts and how it differs:
|Type of coffee||Caffeine content per 17 oz (500 mL)|
|Starbucks Pike Place Roast||310mg|
|Starbucks Blonde Roast||360mg|
|Starbucks Espresso||150 mg|
I chose Starbucks as they are a very popular coffee.
There’s a bit of range in how much caffeine each different coffee that Starbucks sells.
Even when you set aside the difference between a hot brew and a nitro cold brew.
Is Nitro Cold Brew Stronger Than Espresso?
Drinking a shot of espresso Italian style, or with added boiling water to make a full glass is a great way to enjoy coffee.
But, if you had to compare how strong it is compared to nitro cold brew, which one is the strongest…
Cold brew has a more delicate and complex flavor profile than espresso, but when it’s made into nitro cold brew by adding N2 gas it changes its flavor again.
Making it creamy, and sweet.
Therefore, using cold brew coffee rather than iced coffee to make nitro coffee tends to have a much nicer flavor.
But, making iced coffee takes much less time than making a cold brew coffee.
Because it takes so long to make cold brew coffee you would think that more caffeine would be extracted from the coffee beans, but in fact it simply extracts the caffeine slower.
If you don’t leave cold brew coffee to sit for around 12 hours the end result is a much weaker coffee.
And in my opinion, likely doesn’t have as much caffeine.
However, If you want to make a weaker cold brew coffee though, I would recommend experimenting with the amount of coffee you use to make it.
Rather than leaving it to brew for a shorter amount of time.
That way you’ll use fewer coffee grounds to make it.
Best cold brew strength
Some people have reported that if they leave their cold brew coffee to sit for longer than 48 hours it starts to develop a sour taste that isn’t very nice to drink.
Others say that if you leave it for only 2 hours it isn’t strong enough.
At the end of the day, you should experiment with how many coffee grounds you use, and how long you leave it to brew until you find what flavor you like most.
Most people have reported that the best way to drink it is by making a concentrate and adding boiling water.
Or, making a standard strength cold brew and heating it up in a saucepan.
Do you put milk in nitro coffee?
I generally prefer milk or cream in my coffee so I was interested in whether you can put milk in nitro coffee.
Here’s what I found..
At the end of the day, you can add anything you like to nitro coffee.
Sometimes cafes will add citrus to cold-brewed coffee.
For example, they will add some lemon rind.
They can also add different syrups to add different flavors such as vanilla, or hazelnut.
But, you can also be enjoyed plain on its own, cold and without anything added to it.