Nitro cold brew is cold brew coffee that is infused with nitrogen. Cold brewing captures many flavor components that “hot brewing” doesn’t, and results in a far less acidic taste. In addition, nitro brew infuses millions of tiny, smooth bubbles into the coffee, making it slightly sweet and giving it a creamy texture. Its rich taste and smooth mouth feel really takes cold brew to a whole new level.

Starbucks and Stumptown respectively introduced their versions of nitro cold brew. Both come in black, with Starbucks' version served on tap and Stumptown's in a can. I enjoyed them both, but I have always been a latte drinker.

When I had my first taste of Califia Farms' vegan nitro cold brew, I knew that I had found a new favorite.

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These come in a stylish and recyclable matt aluminum bottle reminiscent of a beer bottle, and three delicious flavors: latte, mocha and New Orleans. They contain a creamy blend of almond and macadamia nut milks.

My personal favorite is the latte. It is rich, creamy and super smooth. I find nut milks mix especially well with cold brew coffee. In addition, Califia Farms uses a proprietary brewing technique that results in more water exposure to the coffee grounds, thereby better capturing the great-tasting coffee compounds and leaving behind the less desirable compounds. Because there’s less air exposure, the brew also stays fresher for longer. 

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The New Orleans style brew is very unique. It is inspired by a coffee blend started in New Orleans, when during World War II, the residents experienced a coffee shortage and added roast chicory to extend limited coffee supply. Califia Farms uses chicory imported from India, which adds a nutty, cedar-y, and spicy flavor to the brew.

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I love this brew. Not only is it tasty, the sleek bottle also makes it perfect for any celebratory occasions. So, grab a bottle, gently tilt it up, pop the cap with a bottle opener, pour vigorously into a glass, and enjoy.

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