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What does adding nitrogen do for coffee?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9650points) 1 week ago

Starbucks has this “Nitro” line where they supposedly infuse nitrogen into their coffee.
My understanding is that nitrogen is relatively inert, and the air we breathe is 78% nitrogen anyway. So, what does the nitrogen do for the coffee? Does it taste any different? How?

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Caravanfan's avatar

It gives it a smoother mouthfeel.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Let me start by saying that I don’t drink coffee. My understanding is that the nitrogen bubbles adds just a hint of sweetness & a lush, velvety smooth texture to the drink. I do know that many vendors have started packing coffee in nitrogen instead of oxygen packaging in order to preserve the freshness. They say that nitrogen is cheaper to produce & delivers a better tasting product.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

It’s their iced coffee. Nitrogen is the gas in Guinness Stout. Yes it is mouth feel and adds a creaminess to the drink.

LadyMarissa's avatar

^ I don’t drink iced coffee either. I don’t like the taste nor smell of coffee!!! I also don’t care for the taste of beer so never tasted Guinness either.

dabbler's avatar

It does reduce exposure to oxygen so might enhance ‘freshness’.

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