At the end of September, a new coffee roaster opened shop in Imperial Beach. However, customers won’t find an espresso machine, pour-over gear, or even a drip coffeemaker. Trident Coffee specializes in one type of coffee: nitro cold brew.
Navy vet and San Diego native Eric Johnson started Trident, roasting beans on-site and brewing coffee in stainless steel vessels. Each 30-gallon batch steeps for 18 to 20 hours, and as he points out, the cold-brew coffee benefits from bolder flavor, more caffeine, and less acidity than other coffee-preparation methods.