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What does adding nitrogen do for coffee?

Asked by 2davidc8 (10189points) August 1st, 2020

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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