What Is Nitro Coffee?

Nitro coffee is ice cold coffee, slightly bubbly, on tap. People have likened its appearance to a glass of Guinness on tap. The coffee is treated with nitrogen, or carbon dioxide, under pressure and chilled in a keg. Those who have tried it say that nitro coffee is sweeter and less acidic than other cold brew coffees. You will typically have your nitro coffee served to you in a pint glass, like beer. Variations on the theme can include adding cream, vanilla, syrup and cinnamon. Beware of chugging down this tasty concoction as you may suffer acute caffeine overload!


What Is Nitro Coffee?

Nitro Coffee

What Is the Point of Nitro Coffee?

Nitro coffee is different. If you are tired of the usual coffee house coffees, nitro coffee may be a pleasant change of pace. But, if you like the aroma and taste of freshly roasted, freshly ground Arabica coffee you may be disappointed. The point of drinking freshly roasted, freshly ground and freshly brewed coffee is that it is in fact fresher. Regular and organic coffee antioxidants provide much of flavor as well as the health benefits of drinking coffee.

So You Want Coffee or Caffeinated Soda?

Historically coffee drinkers with a sweet tooth added a lot of sugar. Now there are a lot more variations on the theme. Coffee house coffees include Americano, Breve, Latter, Cappuccino and Mocha to all of which you can add sugar.


Americano is a coffee house coffee made from espresso and diluted with water. This goes back to the World War II era and after when GI’s who were used to Mom’s home perked or boiled coffee asked the barista to add water to their espresso to make it less strong. Think “weak espresso.”

Breve and Latte

Both of these are made with espresso and foam. Latte is made with steamed milk and breve is made with half and half. For latte think “coffee with milk” or café au lait and for breve think “coffee with milk and cream.”


Cappuccino is made with espresso plus hot milk plus lots of steamed foam.


Mocha is for coffee and chocolate lovers. It is made with espresso plus chocolate syrup plus milk.

And now nitro coffee with the appearance of beer provides a coffee flavored, bubbly caffeinated soda to which you can add cream, vanilla, syrup, cinnamon and more.

What Do You Gain or Lose?

What you gain with nitro coffee is a cold drink that you can store and serve on tap. What you lose are probably the antioxidants that make coffee healthy.


Scientifically an antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the cell damage and cell death in human cells caused by oxidative breakdown of other molecule in the cell. Oxidation is a factor in sickness and aging. Antioxidants help prevent the damage caused by excessive oxidation and to a degree inhibit the aging process. When an oxidative reaction brought on by disease gets going it produces free radicals that start chain reactions which in turn cause cell and tissue damage. The human body has or uses antioxidants to control this situation. Natural means of controlling oxidation include vitamins C and E as well as glutathione. It is low levels of antioxidants that can lead to a condition referred to as oxidative stress and resultant damage to cells in the body. Organic coffee antioxidants are in the same class of molecules that help reduce oxidation.

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