Crimson Cup Brews Seasonal Buzz with New Hopped Holiday Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

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Crimson Cup's new Hopped Holiday Nitro builds on the success of its Dry Hopped Nitro cold-brew coffee. This non-alcoholic seasonal drink is brewed with Guatemalan coffee beans, dried Oregon Hops, orange peel, cinnamon and other spices and given a bit of milk-sugar finish for a flavor reminiscent of a spiced winter beer.

Hopped Holiday Nitro cold brew coffee from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
For this new nitro coffee, we pulled a recipe straight from the pages of craft beer brewing. I wanted to replicate a spiced winter beer with some of the characteristics of a milk stout. - Brandon Bir, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is ringing in the season with a new dry-hopped, nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee. New Hopped Holiday Nitro is available for a limited time exclusively at Crimson Cup Coffee House, 4541 North High Street in Clintonville.

“Following the success of the Dry-Hopped Nitro cold brew we introduced in September, our coffee team continued experimenting with different coffees and flavors to brew up a holiday beverage that showcases the flavor of the coffee without a lot of added sugar or flavored syrups,” said Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert.

To create Hopped Holiday Nitro, the team started by cold brewing Crimson Cup’s exclusive Jorge’s Pick coffee from Guatemala, purchased through the roaster’s Friend2Farmer direct trade program.

After dry hopping with whole-grain Oregon hops and a mixture of citrus peels, cinnamon and other spices, the coffee is finished off with a small amount of milk sugar for an even bigger body and slight sweetness. Baristas dispense the cold brew through the coffee house’s nitrogen tap system to produce a frothy drink with the consistency of a fine stout and the spicy flavors of the Christmas season.

“For this new nitro coffee, we pulled a recipe straight from the pages of craft beer brewing. I wanted to replicate a spiced winter beer with some of the characteristics of a milk stout. After several attempts, we were able to create a coffee that was full of holiday flavors, hops, and a creamier texture,” said Coffee Training Specialist Brandon Bir.

Crimson Cup’s coffee team includes Bir, Coffee Buyer Dave Eldridge and Coffee Quality Technician Chris Shegitz. “We’re continually amazed at the creativity that Brandon, Dave and Chris bring to Crimson Cup,” Ubert said. “Each of them brings a unique perspective and experience to our sourcing, roasting and cold-brew development programs.”

A 20-year veteran of the beverage industry, Eldridge has served both as Crimson Cup’s roast master and as the brew master for a prominent local craft brewery. With over eight years of coffee experience, Bir has visited more than a dozen Central American coffee plantations to source great coffees, create direct farmer relationships and initiate community sustainability initiatives. Five years of home brewing experience have given Shegitz insight into the taste profiles that the right blend of hops can add to a beverage.

Columbus coffee lovers can experience Hopped Holiday Nitro from Nov. 21 through Dec. 31, while supplies last, at Crimson Cup Coffee House, 4541 North High Street in Clintonville.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Since 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea has hand-roasted specialty coffee in Columbus, Ohio and taught independent business owners how to be successful through its coffee shop franchise alternative program. Sustainably sourced Crimson Cup coffee is available through a network of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 28 states, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee House in the Columbus suburb of Clintonville. For more information, visit http://www.crimsoncup.com.

About Crimson Cup Coffee House

Founded in 2007, Clintonville’s Crimson Cup Coffee House serves specialty-grade coffee, espresso and loose-tea along with breakfast sandwiches and locally sourced muffins and breakfast pastries. Highly trained baristas prepare espresso-based drinks as well as single-origin coffees at the Crimson Cup Brew Bar. The Coffee House also serves as a testing and training laboratory for Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, which has been locally roasting coffee in small batches since 1991. For more information, visit crimsoncupcoffeehouse.com.

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