How nitro coffee is served

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Nitrogen-infused coffee can be complicated to serve as it usually requires a kegerator (fridge), compressed nitrogen gas cylinder, gas regulator and pressurised keg. The coffee liquid is dispensed through a stout nozzle to create a smooth and creamy texture with a crisp taste as the nitrogen brings out the round, mellow flavours in the coffee.


Pair of hand presenting a glass of Nitro coffee.

In order to serve nitro coffee in this way you will need several kegs, a stout tap, a regulator, a food grade nitrogen gas cylinder, and possibly a kegerator to keep your kegs cool while serving.

  1. Stout tap: The tap has a restrictor plate inside that will restrict the flow of the coffee, and help produce the cascading pour effect.  
  2. Coffee keg: These come in a range of style and sizes – common sizes include 2.5 gallon, 3 gallon and 5 gallon. These need to be able to be pressurised with nitrogen gas.
  3. Regulator: The regulator takes the nitrogen gas from the cylinder and reduces the pressure before it enters the keg. 
  4. Nitrogen cylinder: Used to condition the kegs with nitrogen and then to push the coffee out through the stout tap. You will need to find a national, regional or local supplier of food grade nitrogen in your area depending on your size of business and needs. 
  5. Kegerator: This is a refrigerator that has been designed or altered to store and dispense kegs.

So, in essence:

Graphic of how nitro coffee has traditional been dispensed through a tap.


Sounds complicated and cumbersome doesn't it? But, there is another way if you want to serve nitro coffee in your pub, restaurant or café. Something less operationally complex. 


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