Want to know more about what’s happening in your beverage? Here we reveal the essential function of nitrogen and how cold brewing impacts caffeine.
The rise in popularity in cold brew coffee raises relevant questions concerning impacts these brewing techniques have on the beverage. Many people drink coffee specifically for the wakefulness they receive from caffeine, so understanding changes to the caffeine in nitro cold brew is a relatable desire.
Also of importance is how nitrogen changes the way you are consuming coffee and its contents. What is the point of the nitrogen addition and what should you expect from nitro cold brew coffee?
The process of cold brewing interacts with coffee beans differently than with a heated brew. Heat extracts a greater amount of caffeine than cold water can. All things being equal, a cold brew of a particular kind of coffee will have less caffeine than a heated brew of that same coffee. Alas, all things are so rarely equal.
Many factors go into how much caffeine will be in a cup of coffee. Factors include the style of the coffee bean, how it is ground, brew time, and the ratio of coffee to water. So, yes, based on colder extraction temperatures, cold brew coffee can have lower levels of caffeine. Still, that is not to say cold brew coffee cannot have high levels of caffeine and even be higher than some standard cups of hot brew coffee.
In fact, because of the amount of coffee we use when we cold brew our Quivr True Cold Nitro Coffee, our cold brew is very high in caffeine -- without being bitter. It varies a bit, batch to batch, but a 12oz can has nearly 400 milligrams of caffeine.
Essentially, if you are looking to stay with a beverage of low caffeine or no caffeine, the answer is to go decaf. And, yes, contrary to what some may think, a delicious decaf cold brew option really does exist.
Besides the texture and mouthfeel provided by the cascade of a hard pour of nitro cold brew coffee, the nitrogen plays a vital role in maintaining the quality of the coffee. By expelling the presence of oxygen, nitrogen makes it possible for cold brew coffee to maintain shelf life.
When coffee is allowed to oxidize, it begins to degrade and becomes more bitter. This is similar to the way iron rusts when it is exposed to oxygen for too long. Without nitrogen playing its essential role, enjoying cold brew coffee would be limited to purchasing on tap or going through the lengthy process on your own time.
Stories are told that the existence of a decaf cold brew coffee is nothing but a myth. Quivr is creating a world with no place for that myth. We have heard the calls for an option free of caffeine in nitro cold brew, and we are proud to answer that call.
Whether you are looking for a caffeine-induced boost to get you into gear, or for a mellow mood smoother we have coffee options for you - plant-base, unpasteurized, additive-free options. Check out our store!
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