How to Make Nitro Cold Brew at Home – 2 Ways For Every Coffee Aficionado

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Nitro cold brew and Cold brew coffee served on tap, just like beer served on tap. The left, black and gold tap is for Nitro Cold Brew and right sky blue and black tap is for regular cold brew how to make nitro cold brew at home is a tricky yet simple question
Nitro Cold Brew or Cold Brew?

How Nitro Cold Brew Is Made?

Nitro cold brew is made through a two-step process: cold brewing the coffee and then infusing it with nitrogen. Here’s a breakdown of each step:

1. Cold Brewing:
  • Coarsely ground coffee: The process starts with coarsely ground coffee, similar to the size of coarse sand.
  • Steeping in cold water: The grounds are steeped in cold water (room temperature or slightly cooler) for an extended period, typically 12 to 24 hours. This allows for a smoother and less acidic coffee compared to hot brewing methods.
  • Straining: Once steeped, the coffee is strained to remove the grounds, resulting in a concentrated cold brew.
2. Nitrogen Infusion:
  • Kegs: The cold brew is then transferred to kegs.
  • Chilled and carbonated: These kegs are chilled to maintain the cold temperature. Additionally, they may be slightly carbonated for a subtle fizz, though not to the same extent as regular soda.
  • Nitrogen injection: The key step involves injecting nitrogen gas into the kegs. Nitrogen is insoluble in water, meaning it doesn’t readily dissolve like carbon dioxide. This creates tiny nitrogen bubbles throughout the coffee.
  • Creamy texture: These bubbles create a cascading effect when pouring and contribute to the signature smooth and creamy texture of nitro cold brew.

Depending on the specific brewing method, some variations might exist, like using a mini-keg and nitrogen canisters for home brewing or infusing the cold brew with nitrogen directly during the brewing process. However, the core principles of cold brewing and nitrogen infusion remain the same.

How To Make Nitro Cold Brew At Home?

There are two main approaches to making nitro cold brew at home:

  1. Using a whipped cream dispenser: This method involves making cold brew concentrate beforehand and then infusing it with nitrogen using a whipped cream dispenser with nitrogen cartridges.

  2. Using a mini nitro keg system: This method involves purchasing a mini keg system specifically designed for nitro cold brew. You’ll need to fill the keg with cold brew concentrate and then use nitrogen canisters to infuse it with nitrogen.

some general steps involved in both methods:

  1. Make cold brew concentrate: Steep coarsely ground coffee in cold water for 12-24 hours.
  2. Prepare your chosen method:
    • Whipped cream dispenser: Add cold brew concentrate to the dispenser, screw on the dispenser head, and charge it with a nitrogen cartridge. Shake and dispense the infused cold brew.
    • Mini keg system: Follow the specific instructions for your mini keg system to fill it with cold brew concentrate and infuse it with nitrogen using canisters.

Important safety considerations:

  • Nitrogen canisters can be dangerous if not handled properly. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using them.
  • Homemade methods may not achieve the same level of carbonation or creaminess as professionally made nitro cold brew.


It’s crucial to prioritize safety and conduct thorough research before attempting to make nitro cold brew at home. Consider the potential risks involved and ensure you understand the proper handling of equipment and materials. If you’re unsure or uncomfortable with the process, it’s always recommended to purchase commercially prepared nitro cold brew or visit a coffee shop that offers it.

FAQ About Nitro Cold Brew

Is nitrogen safe to drink in coffee?

The nitrogen gas used in nitro cold brew is perfectly safe to consume. Unlike the larger, fizzy bubbles found in soda and regular beers due to carbon dioxide, nitrogen creates micro-bubbles that deliver a luxurious, creamy mouthfeel without any added milk, sugar, or sweeteners.

I was blown away by the smooth texture and creamy taste of nitro cold brew when I tried it the first time!

Is nitro cold brew better than espresso?

There is no way to compare these two brewing methods, it all depends on personal preference: one person’s palate is different from the others!

Espresso is a hot drink with fewer ingredients than nitro cold brew, a simpler process, and a shorter brew time. As a cold drink, nitro cold brew requires more ingredients, a longer process, and more time for brewing.

I love and enjoy both brews!

Is nitro cold brew stronger than regular cold brew?

Yes, there is more caffeine in nitro cold brew vs regular coffee, but the extra caffeine compared to regular coffee is from the cold brew method, not the nitrogen infusion process.

What is Special About Nitro Cold Brew?

Nitro cold brew is cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas. Nitrogen is insoluble in water, meaning it doesn’t readily dissolve like carbon dioxide. This creates tiny nitrogen bubbles throughout the coffee and gives nitro cold brew its signature thick, creamy texture. The combination of a creamy texture, subtle sweetness, less bitterness, and the unique cold brewing and nitrogen infusion process makes nitro cold brew a distinctive and enjoyable coffee experience.

Give it a try, I can assure you that you will love it once you try it!!!


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