Nitro-Coffee: The Newness in Cold BrewApril 26, 2019
Among the varieties of coffee in our shop, nitro coffee is one of our main attractions. Let us tell you why it has such a gaseous name!
Nitrogen coffee is made from cold brew coffee. While the name cold brew sounds like a synonym for iced coffee, actually it is not. The duration of brewing, normally between 12-24 hours with room temperature or cold water, makes it different than regular iced coffee. What happens when the third ingredient, nitrogen, is added to the preparation? It results in the nitrogen cold brew coffee! The odorless and tintless nitrogen gas does wonders to the texture and smoothness of the cold brew when infused in the coffee barrel, resulting in this caffeinated delight.
From Starbucks to your local coffee shop, the nitrogen cold brew is gaining in popularity. Not only does the nitrogen give a beautiful foamy appearance to the coffee, it also provides a natural sweetness. Since it is brewed in cold to room temperature water, it leaves less acidity to the beverage with a richer taste of coffee omitting the excess bitterness.
Our coffee from Equal Exchange makes our nitro coffee extra special, which is brewed over a longer period of 24-48 hours and then undergoes through a high-pressure creating tap infusing nitrogen bubbles for extra richness and creamy bubbly effervescence, like a dark Irish stout “Guinness,” with the added kick of caffeine.
Next time you see a beer-like tap in the coffee shop, you won't be surprised. Nitro coffee is waiting for you!
Artist's Story: Adelaide NizigiyimanaApril 17, 2019
Inside the coffee shop are items for sale, handmade and fairtrade from Burundi. Among the shelves are stories of the artists.
We wanted to share one of those stories with you.
Adelaide experienced trauma during the war in 1993. Her loved ones were killed in front of her eyes, including her husband. She was taken along with 5 other women to be killed. When it was her turn to be killed, she told her tormentors she had to go to the bathroom. They untied her legs, and she was able to run away. She ran through the countryside and was so traumatized that she reports, "I lost my mind and forgot who I was."
Adelaide eventually broke into a house and hid under the bed. The people there were kind to her, and she stayed there for 5 months. While there, she was terrified the soldiers would come and kill her. She finally recovered enough to leave, but went into hiding in various places due to her fear that the killers were still alive and after her. After many years a friend told her about a place to get counseling called Trauma Healing and Reconcilation Services (THARS) in Gitega, Burundi. In 2005, she went to THARS and was healed. The people at THARS got her involved in a women's craft co-op, and she learned to sew. She thanks God that she is now happy and has friends and meaningful work.