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Reasons People Love Nitro Brew - and How to Make it at Home

At-home Nitro Brew! Smooth, creamy and naturally sweet - this drink is easier than you think.

We love experiments at LHTC. We also love $5 coffee orders that taste amazing but slowly eat away at our monthly budget. The solution? AT HOME NITRO BREW.

Enter the iSi Nitro. There are several products on the web for at-home nitro-brewing, but iSi is a well known brand with well known quality and was our first choice. It's also a popular brand in the restaurant industry - which means it's built to last.

Why do we love Nitro Brew?

  • Creamy Foam Top: Watch the first 5 seconds of the video below to see what we mean.

  • Less Acidic: A cold-brewed coffee is used to make Nitro Brew drinks - which means less acidity and bitterness that accompanies your typical hot-brewed coffee.

  • Naturally Sweet: Since nitrogen has a natural sweetness, infusing the cold brew with nitrogen bubbles adds a mild sweet flavor to the coffee without having to add sugar.

  • Naturally Creamy Texture: The tiny nitrogen bubbles suspended in Nitro Brew create a creamy, velvety texture that you typically don't get without cream (which we still added anyway because we're addicts).

Nitro Brew Coffee

Servings: 4, 8-oz cups of Coffee | Nitro Brew: 5 Minutes; Cold Brew: 12-18 hours to soak


3/4 cup whole Coffee Beans, coarsely ground

5 1/2 cups Cold Water, divided

1. Make the Cold Brew Concentrate: In a sealable container or French Press, mix together the ground coffee beans and 3 cups of the cold water. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 12-18 hours.

2. Strain coffee-water mixture through a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter set over the top (If using a French Press, press the plunger down to strain out the coffee grounds). You should have about 2 1/2 cups cold brew coffee concentrate after straining. Dilute with equal amount of water, in this case another 2 1/2 cups cold water, and store in the refrigerator until ready to use (up to a week).

3. Make the Nitro Brew: Pour 4 cups of the diluted concentrate into the metal container, watching the Max Fill Line. Screw on lid tightly, then screw on the nozzle. Place one nitrogen charger into the charger holder and screw on tightly - you should hear the gas release.

4. Shake 2-3 times (not shown in the video above), and flip upside down. For best results, hold the unit at an angle and aim the pour at the side of your glass. This creates a beautiful cascade that adds a smooth texture to the coffee. Between uses, store container in the refrigerator - it should keep its charge for up to 5 days.

In an effort to get another photo, we decided to put it through the process a second time. What would happen?? Would it be more creamy? Would it explode? The answer is B.) it will explode (don't do it).

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