Every true coffee connoisseur is, at least to some degree, familiar with Stumptown. If you love artisanal coffee shops but just thought, ‘What the heck is Stumptown,’ you better start googling. Founded in 1999 by Duane Sorenson, Stumptown Coffee Roasters first opened in Portland, Oregon as a minor testament to what is now popularly referred to as the “third wave of coffee.”
The first wave began in the 1800s when entrepreneurs noticed a huge opening in the market for coffee that was both affordable and “ready for the pot.” By the 1900s, instant coffee was mainstream and Folgers was a household name. Half a century later, consumer tastes had changed to reflect America’s growing disillusionment with the era of vacuum packaged coffee: people wanted better flavor, and they wanted to know where their coffee was coming from. This ushered in the second wave of coffee, which was defined by “specialty beans,” coffee shops, and (all of our favorite) terms like Americano, cappuccino, and latte. The third wave, as proliferated by roasters like Stumptown in the late 1990s, was the first movement to truly celebrate and revel in the origins of coffee as well as artisanal methods of production.
Stumptown is now famous for its uncanny ability to revolutionize and revitalize the palates of coffee drinkers across the country with innovative and high-quality roasts.
Their newest concoction? Enter nitro cold-brew coffee. Perfect for summer, nitro cold-brew coffee is a combination of on tap cold brew coffee and nitrogen, which means that it is distributed in the exact same fashion as beer: through a highly pressurized nitro tap.
The nitrogen does more than just add bubbles. It actually enables the coffee to mimic the texture of beer, with a thick head of frothy foam layering the top. In terms of taste, the nitro-cold brew has (unsurprisingly) absolutely nothing in common with beer, but (surprisingly) very little in common in regular iced coffee. The nitrogen creates a creamy flavor with hints of both chocolate and coffee that makes it best suited for drinking black.
Nitro cold-brew coffee is available on tap at the Stumptown Portland roastery, as well as at those in Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles. There are even cans of nitro-cold brew that are currently being distributed at Whole Foods and New Seasons Markets. Seeing as we’re already experiencing record-breaking temperatures, this chilled, caffeinated brew might be the perfect combatant for the summer’s harshest temperatures.