I’m a sucker for coffee in most forms, and nitro brews are no exception.
Nitro brew coffees are cold brew coffees poured with nitrogen, which smooths the coffee, counters the acidity, and gives it a creamy texture with a foamy head, much like beer. The trend isn’t new, but there’s no better coffee beverage to grab on a hot summer’s day, no matter how popular it becomes.
Of course, nitro coffee is offered at big chain coffee shops around the country, but there are a few local places here in Columbus that are doing it with excellence.
About: Off the Beaten Path Coffee is the brainchild of inventor and CEO, Steve Johnson. After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Johnson started living a more active lifestyle, taking up mountain biking. He wanted a way to get energy without consuming sugary energy drinks, so he began toying with nitro brewed tea and coffee. The rest, as they say, is history.
Location: You can find Off the Beaten Path coffee and tea around the city at bars, restaurants, and grocery stores. For the full list of locations, please click here.
Coffee to try: Nothing compares to the sweet, sweet taste of OTBP’s Cold-Brewed Bourbon Pecan.
About: Java Central Cafe in Uptown Westerville is one of those places that just feel like a home away from home. In addition to their amazing customer service, Java Central also has award-winning coffee.
Location: 20 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081
Coffee to try: It doesn’t matter what time of year you go to Java Central, the seasonal nitro won’t let you down.
About: Crimson Cup is the local coffee hero we need, but we definitely don’t deserve them. Not only are they constantly innovating coffee and how we consume it, they support dreamers and entrepreneurs alike through “Coffee For Independent Thinkers”. Delicious and delightful.
Location: Clintonville and Upper Arlington
Coffee to try: You can get fancy with a seasonal nitro cold brew, but nothing beats the simple perfection of the straight coffee nitro.
About: If Hoof Hearted Brewing is great at beer, then they are PHENOMENAL at coffee. Nothing says perfect summer morning like a smooth, nitro coffee and a dip in the pool, which you can do at Hoof Hearted Brewing.
Location: 850 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215
Coffee to try: Hoof Hearted’s nitro is delicious on tap. But, call me crazy, I like it better out of the can!
About: In addition to serving one of the city’s best brunch menu’s, Rockmill Tavern also has a killer nitro cold brew on tap.
Location: 503 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215
Coffee to try: There’s only one nitro coffee on the menu, but that’s the only one you’ll need.