Move over flat white - fizzy coffee is here
Black, white, short, long, hot, cold or iced.
Those are just a few ways people take their coffee in today’s highly caffeinated world.
But a Nelson company is adding to that list, creating sparkling cold-brew coffee in a ready-todrink bottle - believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Yes, you read right: fizzy coffee.
It’s called Rad Cold Brew Coffee. The name stands for ‘‘responsible and dangerous’’, referring to the sustainably sourced African coffee beans and the edgy take on the traditional drink.
It was created by Hayden Thompson, general manager of Pomeroy’s Coffee and Tea Company, and athlete manager Johnny Gbenda-Charles.
They came up with the idea nine months ago and started sourcing beans and experimenting with recipes at The Coffee Factory in Stoke.
What they settled on was a lightly carbonated, cold-brew coffee made from African beans.
Thompson said the coffee is left to soak for 10 hours and brewed cold so it doesn’t adopt the overly bitter taste that develops when hot coffee is left to cool.
It is then reduced to a concentrate, which is sent to Pete’s Natural Lemonade in Motueka, where it is watered down and carbonated.
The first 4000 bottles were produced this month.
Thompson said the flavour was ‘‘unusual’’.
‘‘The bitterness definitely comes through; you know you’re drinking a coffee product. The more you have it does kind of sweeten itself up and you get a bit of a chocolate tone at the finish.’’
Each bottle of Rad contains a little over a double-shot of coffee.
‘‘If it’s a hot day and you just want something that’s a little bit more refreshing than a milky bev- erage then this is just another way to go,’’ Thompson said.
‘‘I don’t know if it’s currently a trend as yet, we’re hoping it will be. It’s more so a point of differ- ence.’’
Thompson said serving coldbrew coffee with sparkling water wasn’t new, but only a small number of companies around the world were bottling it.
He said carbonated coffee provided aeration over the tongue, which would help people to pick up the subtle flavours.
‘‘I don't know if it's currently a trend as yet, we're hoping it will be. It's more so a point of difference’’
Pomeroy’s Hayden Thompson pours out a tall glass of Rad Cold Brew Coffee.