SARATOGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – There’s something serious brewing in Saratoga.
Liquid nitrogen is the key ingredient to a new form of coffee being pioneered by local coffee icon ‘Death Wish Coffee’ in partnership with the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company. This is the first experimental batch getting canned.
“It gives it like a beautiful cascade like a Guinness, but it also makes the cold brew just a little bit creamier,” said John Swedish, operations manager, Death Wish Coffee.
You would think that adding a form of gas to a liquid would make it bubbly, the main reason why they chose nitrogen over carbon.
“CO2 will spoil the coffee faster than nitrogen would. We’ve done some experimentation with nitrogen, you get that nice cascade. We don’t want the bubbling or anything like that, we just want a really nice and smooth creamy coffee,” said Swedish.
The canning duties are being handled by Josh Schaffner, CEO of Ninth Planet Beverage Solutions. This local startup company is getting one of its first jobs through this collaboration.
“I mean this is a really exciting product and we are doing this with canning – something that no one else is doing in a mobile format anywhere else in the country. Excitement is a word that doesn’t go far enough to show how good of a feeling it is to do this!” said Josh Schaffner, CEO of Ninth Planet Beverage Solutions.
This is still somewhat of an experimental product. These three local companies are constantly working in tandem to try and brew up the perfect, repeatable process for their nitro brew.
“Every product has subtle nuances so we know beer inside and out, we’ve done multiple tests with coffee. We started with little 5 gallon system then worked our way up from machine to machine; yesterday we put it into one of our 250 barrel fermenters, and it created some different challenges but we figured it out,” said Max Oswald, General Manager of Olde Saratoga Brewing Co.
“The relationship with Olde Saratoga Brewing has meant the world to us, they’ve been a great partner of ours and without them we wouldn’t be where we are right now!”
– Death Wish Coffee (@DeathWishCoffee) February 22, 2016