We Tried It: Backyard Beans Nitro Cold Brew

By Stephanie Eckelkamp

For optimal results, shake lightly back and forth, crack the can open, and pour straight down into a glass. Then drink that goodness up!

In life, there are three tiers of coffee: Coffee that’s meh but gets the job done, coffee that you actually enjoy, and coffee that makes you say, holy hell, where have you been all my life?!

This one is the holy hell variety, and it’s the latest offering from Backyard Beans Coffee Company, a Lansdale-based specialty coffee roaster started by Nazareth natives Matt and Laura Adams in 2014. In addition to this glorious concoction, they sell sustainably sourced bagged coffee beans and hot and iced coffee at retailers and farmers’ market throughout the Lehigh Valley and PA. 

Photo from backyardbeans.com

Photo from backyardbeans.com

What is nitro cold brew, you ask? As you’ve likely deduced from the #CoffeePorn above, it’s no ordinary coffee. Essentially, it’s cold brew coffee (steeped in cold water, not brewed) that’s been treated with nitrogen and either stored in a pressurized keg or in a can. The end result is sort of like iced coffee, but bubbly, richer, and 100x better—almost like a stout. You even pour it like you would a Guinness, which is pretty fun. 

Photo from backyardbeans.com

Photo from backyardbeans.com

Backyard Beans’ website describes it as having a creamy mouthfeel, chocolatey taste, and velvet-like texture. And we’d have to agree. This stuff is straight magic, and it’s subtly sweet and ultra smooth taste eliminate the need for any sort of creamers or added sugar, making it a pretty darn healthy way to get your caffeine fix. The one exception we can make for add-ins, however, is vanilla ice cream, since it makes a pretty amazing cold brew coffee float. 

Be warned, though, this brew is potent—like a punch in the face, if you will—and generally contains more caffeine than your average cuppa joe, as cold brew recipes call for a higher coffee to water ratio. 

For more on Backyard Beans and their products, check out backyardbeans.com.