Originally published on The Makery
By Samantha Reichstein
As the calendar flips into the first weeks of April, warm weather, blue skies and sunset-filled evenings allow cold coffee to act as the perfect refresher for any time of day. The Chameleon Crew has been hard at work, preparing a new twist on your favorite ready-to-drink flavors and cold-brew concentrates. The result? Nitro.
Nitro—short for nitrogen cold brew—refers to the process of infusing cold-brew coffee with nitrogen gas to produce a fuller, frothier and fizzier cup. Still a little confused? Just keep reading (we promise, you’ll love it.)
How Nitro Works
After Chameleon’s low & slow steeping process with Arabica, organic coffee beans, our brew is then stored in a keg and attached to a nitrogen tank. Once hooked up to a tap, a high-pressure force (caused from pulling the tap’s lever) results in a creamy, smooth and almost Guinness-like glass.
What Nitro Cold Brew Tastes Like
Since nitrogen adds a cream-like texture to cold brew, the result is richer than a normal cup of coffee. With a sweeter taste and thicker mouthfeel, most ditch extra milk and sugar and instead choose to drink nitro cold brew straight. However, like all of our Chameleon coffees, we take pride in this drink being versatile: drink it in a glass directly from the tap, top it over a Stout beer or add a splash of your favorite dairy drink to satisfy any and all cravings. Its silky finish allows for Chameleon Nitro Cold-Brew to be best enjoyed as a “sipping drink” instead of a guzzler.
Why It’s Good
Instead of a deep-brown cold coffee, nitro cold brew cascades as it pours out, separating into a layers of darker and lighter brew with a thick, foamy top. Nitro coldbrew maintains a low acid, zero calorie and super smooth flavor while creating an almost latte-like mouth feel.