The 5-minute Guide to Making Nitro Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Cold brew coffee is a great way to get your caffeine fix on a hot summer day, but it can be time-consuming and expensive to buy at the store.

Fortunately, there's an easy solution! With just five minutes of prep work before going to bed (or while you're watching Netflix), you'll wake up with bolder flavor than what comes out of the bottle.

In this blog post, we will show you how to make nitro cold brew coffee in your own kitchen - without any fuss or mess.

What is Nitro Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew coffee is an iced coffee that's created by using cold water and coarsely ground beans to steep. Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, on the other hand, is a coffee that's created by using cold water and finely ground beans to steep.

The nitrogen gas bubbles in this type of coffee tend to stay in suspension and release a creamier, sweeter taste when the coffee is poured.

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How to Make Nitro Cold Brew Coffee at Home

What you'll need:

  • coarsely ground coffee beans
  • a French Press that seals or a large bowl and fine mesh strainer (alternatively you can use a regular coffee filter)
  • room temperature water
  • colander or bowl to drain the beans from the cold brew (a jar will do, too)
  • nitrogen gas canister (optional, see notes below for more information)

Steps to make DIY nitro cold brew coffee:

The night before, start by grinding the coarsely ground coffee beans. Make sure to use a coarse grind so that there is room for water to seep through and extract the coffee's essence.

Add water to your French Press or bowl and beans, then cover with a lid (or foil) and leave it in the fridge overnight. This will give it time to steep and the cold temperature of water will keep any coffee beans from floating or clumping together at the top.

The following morning, press the grounds through a colander or strainer to separate them.

Pour the coffee into your favorite mug and enjoy!

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How to Make Nitro Cold Brew Coffee with a Nitrogen Canister

If you're using your own French Press or bowl, then the coffee will only stay in suspension for a couple of minutes before the gas bubbles come to the top. If you want to keep it looking creamy and have less of a foam head, then a nitrogen canister is for you.

To make nitro cold brew coffee with the nitrogen gas in suspension (and to keep the bubbles in the drink), all you need is a nitrogen canister. You'll add it to your French Press or bowl just as you would with water-by holding the canister above the liquid and pressing the button on top.

If you're using a French Press, then swirl it around the coffee to mix it before removing the plunger. If you're using a bowl, then swirl in your beans with a spoon and cover with a lid or foil.

The nitrogen gas is heavier than air, so it will sink to the bottom of your coffee and stay there for a little while.

As the gas bubbles come to the top of your coffee, they will look like foam on a pint of Guinness instead of bubbles in regular cold brew.

Note: the coffee's nitrogen bubbles will start to dissipate after a few minutes, so be sure to drink it quickly for maximum effect!

How Long Does Nitrogenated Cold Brew Keep in the Fridge?

If you're making your coffee in a French Press or bowl, then the nitrogen bubbles will dissipate quickly. The best way to preserve nitro cold brew coffee's creamy, frothy texture is to store it in the refrigerator.

If you're using a nitrogen canister and have left some gas in the coffee, then you can store it at room temperature for a day or two.

Final Words

It's best to drink nitro cold brew coffee within a week of making it, so that you don't lose the bolder flavor. You can also drink it iced, but be sure to pour the coffee over ice so that you don't dilute the flavor.

With this DIY nitro coffee recipe, you'll be able to enjoy nitro cold brew coffee at home, without having to buy it from the store. We hope this guide will help you make the best coffee for your taste buds!

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