LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Many of us start the day the same way. Coffee gets a lot of us going in the morning, even if we all drink it a little differently. But have you ever tried your cup of Joe with turmeric... or maybe some ginger?
13 Action News Anchor Todd Quinones takes you behind the scenes of a Nevada Built business brewing organic, nitrogen-infused coffee.
There is a fantastic, intense aroma when you're surrounded by freshly roasted coffee.
"It is," says Lucky Jack CEO, Ray Cole. "It will wake you up!"
But at Lucky Jack Coffee, the java isn't served hot.
Cole prefers his coffee cold brewed.
"This is our most caffeinated coffee drink. It's called Triple Jack," says Cole. "Smooth, not acidic."
BEGINS WITH FIRE
But like all coffee, it begins with fire.
The beans here inside the Lucky Jack facility, near Lake Mead and Nellis boulevards, are roasted at 475 degrees.
They've got beans from Honduras, Peru. "And Papa New Guinea," says Cole. "Yep, we take them out, we weigh them. So we know how much we're roasting."
After being roasted the beans are then set aside to cool and develop flavor.
"The bean gets cracked when it roasts and so you're actually letting gases out of the bean," says Ray.
The beans are then ground, before being mixed with water.
"They go into one of our four brew tanks here. These are chilled. This is where the cold brew process starts," says Ray.
"It's a big coffee pot. Because we cold brew though, it takes a very long time... It takes us 20 hours," says Cole.
The Lucky Jack Cold Brew Coffee is eventually canned or bottled. Then shipped out to stores across the country.
How many bottles can they process in a day?"
"About 40, up to 60,000," says Cole.
The flavors they crank out range from classic black and caramel to flavored lattes.
"There's turmeric, ginger and cinnamon in here," says Cole.
Not your typical flavors for cold brew coffee.
Lucky Jack Cold Brew Coffee began in 2013. Today it can be found locally at Smith's, Target, Whole Foods and Costco.
If you're interested in getting into the coffee business, you're in luck because Lucky Jack is now hiring.