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Coffee Trends: Is Draft Coffee the Next Big Thing?

Updated on January 19, 2016
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Andrea is a self-professed Coffee Aficionado who enjoys preparing, drinking, and talking about her favorite beverage. Because coffee!

Now on tap… Coffee?

It’s no secret that there are a lot of similarities between the craft beer movement and the current trends in coffee production and consumption. In fact, many fans of craft beer, are also fans of the “slow coffee” movement (which simply refers to coffee establishments that prepare high-quality coffee when it’s ordered, with care and precision).

So is it any surprise that we’re seeing some crossover between the two movements? Not really!

The Draft Latte

The draft latte is an iced latte that ISN’T made by first preparing a latte and then pouring it over ice. Instead, it’s espresso combined with fresh milk in a keg, and served on tap. This is a brand-spankin’-new way to serve an iced latte, having recently been introduced by La Colombe Coffee Roasters at their location in Philadelphia PA this summer. The draft latte is incredibly smooth and creamy, producing a great mouthfeel that’s very unique… Now who wouldn’t go for all of that on a warm summer day? We’re hoping to see more of this trend coming to the rest of the country soon!

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

As you may have read in our blog post devoted entirely to cold brew (insert link here), it’s prepared a little differently from a “regular” cup of coffee, in that it’s made with room-temperature water and often takes 12 – 24 hours to brew. Well, now some coffee pioneers have taken that a few steps further. If you put cold brew coffee in a keg, along with some nitrogen, and serve it on tap -POW! You’ve got nitro cold brew, another 2015 hot coffee trend.

The addition of the nitro changes both the taste and the texture of the coffee. And the result is a fizzy, beer-like looking drink that has a super foamy mouthfeel and a very unusal taste, even served black. You can serve it over ice, or with milk – but you might just like it best all on its own. If you haven’t already, find a shop that serves nitro and give it a try! You can also purchase it in cans or bottles at higher-end food stores, if you don’t have a local shop that serves it.

What’s Next?

So far, nitro cold brew and draft lattes are at the leading edge of the draft coffee trend. But that doesn’t mean that’s all there is! Rest assured someone is out there right now, pushing the envelope, tirelessly experimenting and trying new things, in order to bring us the Next Big Thing. We can’t wait to see what that will be!


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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      yeah the trends is awesome, but I gotta keep down on coffee, my teeth are turning yellowish

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 2 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Yum. These trends sound great. But I'm afraid I'll have to wait a while. Wyoming isn't exactly a trend setting state. But thanks for writing. I'm suggesting these ideas to my local barista.