New illy Aria elevates cold brew

illy has introduced illy Cold Brew Aria, a tap handle with an embedded adjustable valve that turns cold with bubbles (nitro cold brew) into an even richer tasting beverage which is easy for foodservice to provide.

The patent pending valve captures ambient air – already 78% nitrogen-rich, by nature – that is immediately infused at high pressure into illy cold brew coffee as it’s dispensed. The combination creates a long cascading effect in the glass and a rich creamy head. illy Cold Brew Aria is the first system that infuses ambient air into coffee to create a “nitro effect” without the use of space-consuming nitrogen tanks or air compressors.

The illy Cold Brew Aria valve is adjustable and able to vary the levels of air and effervescence infused into cold brew, all the way down to no bubbles at all – meaning one tap can produce effervescent or regular cold brew, saving space and investment.

Together with  the Aria tap, illy has launched its pre-prepared cold brew pin a 5-litre bag-in-a-box format, eliminating the need for baristas and other staff to manage and monitor up to 12 hours of preparation. It also removes the need for delivery and storage of heavy kegs.

Bag-in-a-Box cold brew remains stable during nine months of ambient storage time and can be served for up to five days once the packaging is opened.

The system is designed with minimal internal lines, making maintenance quick and simple. Just a five-minute daily soaking of the spout, and weekly flushing of lines, are required.

The illy Cold Brew Aria Cold Brew system is available for use by qualified illy accounts with certain volume commitments, and is currently operating in all San Francisco illy Caffè locations. The system can also be retrofitted to existing tap systems to immediately enhance product quality.

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