Nitrogen Infused Coffee from the Tap

Imagine asking from something from the tap on a hot summer day. Now imagine that what you get is cold coffee with a creamy feel to it. That would be nitro coffee. Esquire says that if you drink this it will be best iced coffee you have all summer.

How It’s Made

Cold-brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas is released through a pressurized valve with tiny holes. As high pressure forces the cold brew past a disc, it creates a creamy, stout-like effect.

How It Tastes

“Smooth, clean, lovely cold coffee,” Aylsworth says. Sandler’s take: “There’s a cool factor to a nitro pour when you see the coffee cascading. It also creates a much silkier mouth feel when you drink it.”

How It’s Served

Straight from the tap and not over ice, which ruins the Guinness effect. “The whole cascading of [the coffee] is just beautiful, really,” Aylsworth gushes.

What It Costs

Where a regular 12 oz. cup costs $3.50 at Stumptown, the same size of nitro coffee costs a dollar more. Put simply, this stuff is expensive.

Who Should Try It

Black coffee die-hards. If you “don’t care about it being iced cold-and don’t put milk in it-you’ll probably love it,” Sandler says.

If you have any concerns about them putting nitrogen in your coffee please remember that the atmosphere contains about 78 percent nitrogen. So whatever nitrogen fizzes off your coffee will quickly mingle with that in the air we breathe.

Why Nitrogen Infused Coffee?

As we noted in an article about nitro coffee a couple of years back nitro coffee is different.

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.

Canned nitro coffee is convenient. And we won’t complain if you would like to try something different. But our preference is coffee from Colombia, recently roasted, freshly ground and served black or with cream and sugar. Other ways to jazz up coffee include adding liqueur. Here are a couple of examples.

Making Gaelic Coffee


3/4 oz Irish whiskey

3/4 oz Irish cream

1 1/2 oz dark creme de cacao

2 oz milk

1 tblspful espresso

A few drops of green crème de menthe

Add the whiskey, crème de cacao and milk to a warmed coffee liqueur glass and mix

Sprinkle in a few drops of crème de menthe for color

Pour slightly whipped cream over a spoon into the cup to create a layer on top

Add another few drops of crème de menthe if you like

Making Calypso Coffee


1 oz TiaMaria coffee liqueur

5 ounces of strong black coffee

1 ½ ounces of whipped cream

1 tsp sugar

Mix the liqueur sugar in the bottom of a liqueur coffee glass

Add the coffee

Pour whipped cream to layer out over the top

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