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Food for Thought - Rapids' Blog
It’s no secret that hot coffee drinks need to be served in the proper vessel for maximizing flavor and enjoyment. Espresso is served in a demitasse cup to preserve temperature while simultaneously optimizing aromatics and flavor. Better quality china retains the heat longer. A standard Demitasse cup is 2-3 ounces and narrower at the bottom than at the top. The tulip shape enhances the aromatics. Cappuccino on the other hand is served in a 5-6 ounce cup to allow room to add the steamed, frothed milk. Coffee Latte is served in a china that has a wide cup and resembles a bowl. The wide rim allows the barista to easily pour steamed milk over the espresso.
So What About The Proper Glass For Cold Brew & Nitro Coffee?
The smooth taste with no bitterness surprises many people the first time they try cold brew coffee. It is all the flavor and all of the aroma of coffee, without the acidic after taste. The Cold Brew Extraction method reduces the tannin count, meaning cold brew coffee is less acidic. So much so, that many people that add cream to their hot coffee, often will drink their cold brew coffee as is, or black. In fact, Nitro cold brew coffee looks and even tastes as if it has cream added, but the creaminess and head at the top of your glass is from nitrogen gas. Nitro Cold Brew Coffee has the same calories as classic flat cold brew coffee!
The best glassware for serving Cold Brew coffee is glassware that helps keep the coffee cold while enhancing the aromatics. Cold Brew coffee is visually appealing, so clear glass is our suggestion for a beautiful presentation. As with the vessels used to serve hot coffee, you need a vessel that is narrower at the bottom and has a sort of “tulip” shape with a brim that is just a bit wider than the base of the glass.The shape enhances the aromatic properties in coffee. Also important is keeping the coffee temperature cold. Using a glass with either a tall foot, or a glass tulip mug with a handle will keep warm hands away from the beverage and keep it at the proper chilled temperature longer.
Draw the Perfect Glass of Nitro Coffee With A Creamy Head From Your Tap
Unlike pouring cold brew coffee, dispensing kegged carbonated beer from a tap can sometimes seem difficult. A proper draw of beer releases carbonation in the beer which builds the foam head where the flavor and aroma is released; which is a good thing! But without proper pouring technique, the result can be a foamy mess. Luckily, coffee doesn't have the protein content that beer does to make the sometimes difficult "tilt-and-pour" technique necessary.
Nitro cold brew coffee can be poured straight down the glass like a Guinness nitro stout beer. The only difference is, with a Guinness, you normally need to take a moment while pouring to let the head settle a bit to add more beer. Since nitro cold brew coffee has less protein, you can fill it all the way, right away, and serve immediately. Easy Peasy!
Important to drawing the perfect glass of nitro coffee is first and foremost a clean glass. The glass needs to not just be free of soil and marks, it also needs to be free of the foam killing residues from glass sanitizers.
To get that nice foamy cream on your nitro coffee draw;
- Open the faucet quickly and fully.
- Pour coffee straight down into the glass to form a one inch collar of foamy head.
- Close the faucet quickly to avoid overflow and waste.
A Glass Rinser Makes Getting A Perfect Cold Brew or Nitro Coffee Even Easier and Enhances Flavor!
Using a commercial glass rinser directly before drawing your nitro cold brew coffee helps in more way than one way to produce the perfect head on your nitro coffee.
1) Rinses the glass of sanitizer or contaminants directly before using.
2) Cools the cold brew coffee glass to the perfect serving temperature enhancing flavor
3) Water rinsing allows the nitrogen to release from the sides of the glass, so the head can be better controlled by the pour.