NITRO. AKA the cool buzzword in the cold coffee world right now. But what does Nitro actually mean? And what’s the difference between nitrogen and nitrous oxide (NO2)?
Welp, we’re about to science the sh*t out of this blog post.
While we’re not going to get into Henry’s Law of gas solubility, dissolving gases into liquid has been around for quite a long time. We’re all familiar with the bubbly texture from CO2 in drinks like seltzer, soda, and beer. But recently nitro-brews have become extremely popular.
Similar to a Guinness, nitrogen provides tiny micro-bubbles that create a frothy mouthfeel. However, this texture only lasts for so long. A typical nitrogen infused beverage will only last a couple of minutes before deflating.
But what nitrogen lacks, nitrous oxide makes up for —and that’s where we’re different.
NO2 keeps our Draft Latte’s creamy texture long lasting. The Draft Latte’s frothiness lasts about 10 times longer than nitrogen infused coffee drinks. In addition to longevity, nitrous oxide is celebrated for bringing out the natural sweetness in cream and milk. Which is why it’s been used in whipped cream for years.
So why doesn’t everyone use NO2 instead of regular old Nitrogen?
“Cuz it’s f*cking hard” – Todd Carmichael
In order to create the Draft Latte, first Todd had to develop what we refer to as the InnoValve. The patent-pending process, using the InnoValve, brings the foam traditionally found in a hot latte, to the refreshingly cold and portable Draft Latte can.
We’re flipping the ready-to-drink category on it’s head and at the end of the day—it’s what makes the Draft Latte stand above and beyond all other Nitro Coffees.
Learn more about the Draft Latte here.