When Greg Steltenpohl founded Los Angeles-based Califia Farms LLC in 2010, producing nitrogen-infused and cold-brew coffees was not yet on his radar. Best known for its premium plant-based almond milks that are packaged in iconic hourglass-shaped carafes, Califia Farms’ portfolio has grown to include more than 60 SKUs, including a variety of almond milks, coffee creamers as well as a line of specialty citrus juices. Yet, its ready-to-drink (RTD) cold-brew coffees and coffee concentrates have provided extensive reach into the coffee category.
When Califia Farms first entered the coffee category in 2013, the company opted to develop a product that utilized a cold-brewing process in which the coffee beans are steeped in cold water instead of the common hot brewing process. But this summer, the company took its RTD coffee portfolio to the next level with the introduction of Nitro Cold Brew, a line of nitrogen-infused, dairy-free coffees.