Nitro coffee, a craze that originated on the West Coast, has officially made its way to Jackson. For all of you iced coffee fans who haven’t tried it yet, I suggest doing so immediately. It’s that delicious. In a nutshell, it’s cold-brewed coffee infused with nitrogen gas, which creates a creamy, frothy texture that will almost trick you into thinking you’re drinking a stout.
When I heard rumor of Jackson Whole Grocer offering it, I immediately stopped what I was doing and drove over from the west bank to see if it really did exist. Turns out it does, and it’s created with local Snake River Roasting Company coffee. Yum! Coincidentally, owners Ruth Ann Petroff and Mark Barron — also Jackson’s former mayor— were in the store dropping off some beans that afternoon, so I was able to get more scoop on the latest coffee trend in town.
They relayed that the nitro infusion from the fancy JoeTap machine they use actually lowers the acidity and gives it a sweeter taste. It’s also known to have a bigger caffeine kick than a regular cold brew coffee. I tried their version sans sweetener and ice, and it was super refreshing and definitely slightly sweeter — but you can definitely add ice and sugar if you wish. The most fun part, though, is being able to pour your very own nitro coffee out of the tap in the store’s café. They do sell out daily, so be sure to get there earlier in the day if you want to partake in the goodness.
And since discovering it at Whole Grocer, I’ve also found that both Elevated Grounds Coffeehouse and Q Roadhouse in Wilson are offering nitro coffee as well. It’s pretty awesome that Jackson has picked up on this west coast trend so quickly. It’s a unique, delicious option that all coffee drinkers should try out, whether you drink yours plain black, iced or with sweetener. It’s so good, you’re sure to be hooked after just one sip!