|Tap at Stmptown Coffee Roaster which pours Nitro Coffee|
StumpTown Coffee Roasters, Portland OR (3356 SE Belmont Street Portland, OR 97214 Link) was the first to invent the concept of Nitro Coffee (or AKA Nitrogen-Infused Coffee). They introduced the beverage to the public in April 2015; since then, this trend has caught on fire among coffee lovers making some companies such as AC Beverages to start selling nitrogen infusion brewing equipment specifically for coffee called JoeTap (US$4,000-US$5,000).
What is Nitro Coffee? (or AKA Nitrogen-Infused Coffee)
|Nitro Coffee served at Stumptown Coffee Roaster|
Nitro Coffee at StumpTown Coffee, Portland
|Outside Stumptown Coffee on Division St., Portland|
|Neighborhood around StumpTown Coffee on Division Street.|
The cafe is usually clouded with locals, but I do see some tourists coming in once in a while who wants to try the new coffee sensation. The cafe has nice local feel to it, and it is a very pleasant place to sit and chat over coffee. There are some outside seating which is nice during summer time especially with this nitro iced coffee. There are many customers with dogs sitting outside usually in the summer time.
|Inside StumpTown Coffee on Division St.|
|Coffee Roaster displayed inside StumpTown Coffee on Divison St.|
You can order the nitro coffee "on tap" or there are packaged coffee for you to take out as well. I have tried the "on tap" method. The barista was nice, and he let me try a little before I ordered one. You can choose either 12 oz or 16 oz, and they will pour them on glass, or you can order a cup to go.
How Does Nitro Coffee Taste?
Honestly, I love it. I personally like beer and coffee, so this is like heaven for me. The creamy sensation of the form is actually very pleasant over the aroma of coffee, almost feel like there are some milk inside, but there isn't any. As with any other iced coffee, there are some acidity to the taste, but surprisingly less than what you would expect from iced coffee. This is actually one of the effects of nitrogen not being dissolvable and less contents of oxygen available to bond to oxidize making the drink less acidic.
If you want to try nitro coffee yourself, you can try at any of StumpTown Coffee Roasters, and there are more and more cafes serving nitro coffee now. I wonder how long it would take for the large coffee giants to catch up, I would imagine it will be very soon simply because it tastes great!
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