What’s the Difference Between Nitro and Cold Brew?


What is the difference between nitro and cold brew? We’ll give you all the details by comparing and contrasting these two types of cold brew concentrate and then you can make the decision as to which one is the better option the next time you’re at your favorite coffee shop.  

cold brew coffee in a glass
cold brew coffee in a glass

What is Cold Brew?

Cold brew can be refreshing to enjoy on a hot summer day, because it doesn’t have to be served piping hot.

Cold brew is a coffee drink that’s brewed using cool water and coarse coffee grounds. The coffee is made over a length of time, generally 12-24 hours as the grounds steep and create an all-time favorite for coffee lovers.

The grounds are then removed from the coffee using a French press. This type of cold brew is referred to regular cold brew coffee.

cold brew coffee

This brewing method makes coffee that’s stronger than drip brew comparatively speaking.

Cold brew is brewed with cool water which is what gives it its name. But it can also be heated and prepared as hot coffee after it has brewed if desired.

What is Nitro Cold Brew?

Nitro cold brew is cold brew coffee that’s brewed with cold water over a length of time. It’s then infused with nitrogen gas which gives it a foamy head and creamy texture.

The nitrogen infusion into the cold brew is what makes the difference for this beverage. It’s what makes it desirable and most who drink it appreciate it for the foamy head.                                                                                                                                             

nitro cold brew coffee
nitro cold brew coffee in cafe


When comparing cold brew to nitro cold brew coffee, there are several similarities. The similarities include things like the brewing process and the coarse coffee grounds that are used.

Both types of coffee are brewed using the same method. They’re brewed using cold water and coarse coffee grounds in the refrigerator over a time frame of 12-24 hours.

Unlike regular coffee that’s brewed with hot water, cold brew allows the coffee to result in a less acidic flavor and a more concentrated brew.

The caffeine content or the mg of caffeine in each serving is not altered by the brewing process.


The key differences between nitro coffee and cold brew is the nitrogen gas infusion in the nitro coffee, which results in a foamy head.

It’s not something that can be purchased in a grocery store, but is traditionally made in coffee shops.

pouring cold brew

The texture results in a nice, smooth texture and less acidic flavor that’s sweeter compared to regular cold brew.

It’s the differences that set it apart and makes it what coffee lovers look for in this delicious beverage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions that relate to the difference between nitro and cold brew. If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to drop it to us in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to answer it.

Is Nitro stronger than cold brew?

Perhaps you’re wanting to place an order for nitro cold brew at your local coffee shop, but you’re wondering if you’ll regret it if it’s stronger than cold brew.

The answer is it’s not stronger, but rather it’s made from the same cold brew method. And the flavor of cold brew can vary from coffee shop to coffee shop.

How is Nitro different from cold brew?

The main difference is that nitro has a velvety texture, lower acidity, and approximately the same amount of caffeine and regular cold brew. But nitro includes tiny bubbles that are tiny nitrogen bubbles from the nitrogen gas.

Whether you like nitro better than regular cold brew is a matter of personal preference, but the foamy top and creamier texture is what sets this delicious cup of joe apart.

Does Nitro Brew have more caffeine than cold brew?

Although how much caffeine is in cold brew can vary from coffee shop to coffee shop depending on the coffee beans that are used to make the brew.

But nitro cold brew doesn’t necessarily have more caffeine than cold brew. It’s the addition of the nitrogen gas that makes the difference for these cold coffee drinks.

nitro cold brew coffee

What is the point of nitro coffee?

The point of nitro coffee is a cold brew coffee beverage that has a sweeter taste and less acidity compared to other cold brew options. If you have the chance, you should give it a try.

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