Caffeine Convenience: Verve Nitro Flash Brew

Verve's Nitro Flash Brew comes with a creamy head.
Verve’s Nitro Flash Brew comes with a creamy head.

Are you like me — desperately in need of that cup of joe in the morning to get going? Then, you’ll love the convenience of Verve Coffee Roaster’s Nitro Flash Brew.

Conveniently packaged in 9.5-ounce cans, it’s ideal for time-pressed days when you just can’t spare making your own.

I had a chance to try a sample of the product, made by the Santa Cruz coffee company that roasts its beans in vintage roasters, and is committed to preserving heirloom varieties of coffee and to paying farmers prices above Fair Trade minimums.

Ethiopian and Columbian beans are put through a precise hot brewing process in an oxygen-free environment, then flash-chilled and infused with nitrogen to keep it fresh and impart a creamy mouthfeel. Then, it’s packed into cans or kegs.

Easy to bring along on your commute or anywhere, any time you need a jolt of energy.
Easy to bring along on your commute or anywhere, any time you need a jolt of energy.

The ingredients are just coffee, filtered water and Vitamin C. Unlike some cold brews, there’s no added sugar. The Nitro Flash Brew does have a slight creamy head to it, with a subtle berry note, along with an earthy, bitter and acidic edge.

If you prefer your coffee black like I do, it’s an ideal on-the-go pick-me-up. If you like your coffee with milk and sugar, though, you’ll have to pour it into a glass and mix those in yourself. The cans do need to be kept refrigerated, too.

A 12-pack is $47 on the Verve site. Or $3.99 per can at New Leaf Community Markets, Draeger’s, Mollie Stone’s and Shake Shack.

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