Updated: Feb 28, 2018
Popular as a niche drink for years, cold brew nitro coffee recently hit the mainstream with a few larger chains and an increasing number of independent operations. And more and more coffee lovers are hooked and looking for this delicious brew.
Getting the necessary nitrogen generator for cold brew coffee might seem like a big deal, but it’s simpler than you think — and worth it.
Beginning with the Basics
Cold brew coffee is brewed at room temperature or colder. It can be brewed in-house or delivered by a distributor and comes in kegs that typically range in size from 2.5 to 5 gallons. These kegs can be stored in a beer cooler or right at the source.
The coffee is then pushed to a tap with nitrogen and forced through a restrictor plate, where it’s poured over ice or served straight.
What Makes it Delicious?
In the process outlined above, the cold brew coffee nitrogen generator infuses it with those famous little nitrogen bubbles. The difference shows as soon as it’s poured and keeps delivering for hours after...
The first thing to appreciate about nitro coffee is the signature cascading bubbles slowly churning as a smooth and frothy head forms at the top.
A signature of cold-brew nitro coffee is its more intense aromatics — carrying an effervescence to the nose before the first sip that keeps contributing to flavor long after.
Nitrogen gas doesn't dissolve in water easily, giving the brew a smooth, creamy texture. It creates a more velvety mouthfeel and makes the drink feel thicker as it goes down.
Creamier texture means a richer, creamier flavor. Moreover, cold water doesn’t extract acids and oils from coffee like hot water does, reducing acidity and bite by as much as half.
Literally and figuratively, because not only do customers flock to it — cold brew coffee typically has more caffeine.
Why an N2U Nitrogen Generator?
As opposed to tanks, MilCarb’s N2U Nitrogen generators use advanced membrane technology to pull nitrogen from the air. Unless you’re serving a very low volume of drinks , cold brew coffee nitrogen generators ultimately pay for themselves by replacing tank rental and delivery costs.
Equally important, generators eliminate the need to change tanks and the resulting hassle, downtime and lost profits that occur if a nitrogen tank runs out and your operation doesn’t have a back up.
Best of all — the unlimited, on-demand nitrogen that comes with a MilCarb N2U nitrogen generator doesn’t just stop at cold-brew nitro coffee, but can be used for your draft beer, craft cocktails, tea, juice and beyond.
Learn more about the N2U Nitrogen Generator and Beverage Gas Systems from Milcarb here.
Mid-Volume N2U Nitrogen Generator
51'' H X 19" W X 13" D
WEIGHT - 97 lbs (108 w/ gas blender)
VOLUME - 14 SCFH
PUSHES UP TO 200 KEGS PER MONTH
Low-Volume N2U Nitrogen Generator
40.5" H X 15" W X 13" D
WEIGHT - 79 lbs (90 w/ gas blender)
VOLUME - 3 SCFH
PUSHES UP TO 100 KEGS PER MONTH
ALSO AVAILABLE WITH EXTERNAL GAS BLENDER:
High-Volume N2U Nitrogen Generator
51'' H X 19" W X 13" D
WEIGHT - 108 lbs (115 w/ gas blender)
VOLUME - 32 SCFH
PUSHES 200+ KEGS PER MONTH
NitroBev 360 Nitrogen Generator
SLEEK, COMPACT DESIGN
LOW OPERATING COST