If your traditional morning cup of coffee has lost its edge, try ordering it cold-brewed.
Since baristas first started serving the caffeinated concoction a decade ago, cold-brewed coffee has exploded in popularity. According to the market research firm Mintel, cold brew sales jumped up 580 percent between 2011 and 2016.
So what’s all the buzz about? First, cold brew is not just hot coffee poured over ice. The cold brewing process takes time — coarse coffee grounds are soaked in room temperature or cold water, then steeped like tea for 12 hours or more. Water quality in the brewing process is an important component to creating a high-quality taste experience. The end result is a smooth brew with a deep flavor.
And coffee lovers can rejoice in the fact that cold-brewed coffee is 67 percent less acidic than the conventional brew, so it’s easier on your stomach and your teeth.
What’s more is that cold-brewed coffee’s higher bean-to-water ratio and slow steep time amps up the caffeine content.
Kicked-up cold brew
Nitrogen is the latest trend fueling the cold-brewed coffee craze. First appearing in coffeehouses in 2013, nitro brews reached the mainstream coffee scene last year.
The novelty drink is essentially cold-brewed coffee infused with nitrogen gas resulting in a rich, creamy beverage reminiscent of an Irish stout (think Guinness). Industry-leading products like Xylem’s Flojet pumps are vital to the nitro brew process.
“With cold drinks continuing to be an emerging trend in the marketplace, business owners will demand the consistency and quality throughout the process that Flojet filtering and dispensing products deliver,” said Dave Allen, Product Group Manager, Xylem AWS.
The process of infusing cold brew coffee with nitrogen and dispensing it from a tap transforms the taste and texture. The dissolved bubbles produce a thick, velvety mouth feel and a sweeter taste that nixes the need for added milk or sugar.
As the demand for specialty coffees like cold brew and nitro brew continues to grow, java junkies are assured a perfect tasting cup every time with Flojet filtering and dispensing products.