Nitro Coffee vs Regular Coffee – Which One is For You?
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I’ve created a bunch of raving fans across the internet because I’m the one that tells you you can still consume coffee even when you’re on the pursuit of a healthy life yeah in a world where everyone’s telling you to abstain from certain foods and abstain from certain beverages I’m here telling you drink your coffee drink your cold brew drink your nitro coffee it’s probably helping you more than it’s hurting you so I’m gonna break down nitro coffee and cold brew and I’m gonna break down a hot brew coffee I’m gonna give you the clear breakdown of which one you might want to go for so this includes if you’re fasting if you’re doing keto or if you’re just trying to get healthy in general but hey you are tuned into the Internet’s leading performance and nutrition channel brand new videos every single Tuesday Friday and Sunday at 7 a.m. Pacific time and a bunch of other videos ranging from live broadcasts vlog style videos and good old-fashioned q and A’s peppered in throughout the rest of 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is what’s called an inert gas it’s chemically dead it doesn’t do anything it’s literally just an inert gas and that’s exactly why it’s used you see for example when they’re first trying to make nitro coffee they were using carbonation they tried carbonating coffee to make it sort of a a froth of your coffee what ends up happening is when you add any kind of carbonation like that you get carbonic acid as a by-product so this ends up creating a punch of acidity you’re adding that to coffee that’s already fairly acidic and you end up with a really bitter tasting coffee because there’s actually a chemical reaction that’s occurring that’s the whole beauty of using nitrogen in inert gasps that is chemically dead so you’re literally just infusing micro bubbles and you’re displacing a little bit of oxygen to get a little bit of nitrogen there so you’re all smelly ending up with a smooth cup of cold brew coffee now here’s where nitro coffee might actually be the most advantageous as far as your health benefits go that same nitrogen that can displace a small amount of oxygen can also displace the oxygen that could trigger free radicals you see when you’re looking at coffee and you’re looking at the acidity or the coffee bean in general if you have a high amount of oxygen you have a high amount of oxidation as soon as oxidation occurs you have more bitterness you have more acidity but you also have more free radical damage so if you can replace some of the oxygen with a little bit of nitrogen although it’s a small amount it’s a little bit speculative you could in theory actually reduce the negative impact of the coffee in the first place just a little bit so you’re actually having an advantage by using nitro coffee not any kind of detriment so let’s take a look at where things are starting with nitro coffee in the first place because nitro coffee before nitrogen has ever even added into the mix is actually just a cold brew coffee so let’s talk about what cold brew is vs. ha true a cold brew is where you literally take the coffee and you brew it with room temperature water over the course of a couple of days so what happens is over the course of a couple days you have a slowly tching of the flavor profile the nutrients the polyphenols the caffeine all that coming out over a slow period of time okay you compare that to brewing a cup of hot coffee and you’re putting scalding water onto a bean that’s not only potentially damaging the bean with a lot of heat but you’re also pulling out the acidity and you’re pulling out the flavors swiftly and quickly therefore you’re ending up with a more acidic coffee but you’re also heating up this coffee bean and pulling out toxins and pesticides that were in the bean to begin with so yeah hot coffee is okay but cold brew is significantly better because you’re not going to have the toxins and you’re not going to have a lot of the negative effects you’re also not going to have the acidity in the bitterness so when you’re fasting or you’re following a keto diet and your stomach might be a little bit sensitive you’re gonna find it on an empty stomach that cold brew is much much easier on your tummy okay now let’s take a look at what’s happening with the caffeine content okay we want good bioavailable caffeine okay and when you look at cold brew versus hot brew you have to factor in what you’re actually getting in the way of caffeine now a lot of people will tell you that cold brew has more caffeine right out there and it’s kind of true but it’s kind of not you see when you actually look at brewing coffee ounce for ounce with the water to brew ratio hot coffee actually has more caffeine but hear me out on this okay hot coffee has more caffeine because you’re pulling more caffeine out of the bean when you’re heating it it’s expanding and you’re able to extract more caffeine but this is a huge but the cold brew uses much less water when you’re actually going to the brewing process so even though ounce for ounce brew to water ratio you’re not pulling out as much caffeine you’re using two and a half to three times less the amount of water so the concentration is significantly higher this also means that you’re pulling out higher-quality caffeine and you’re also pulling out the higher-quality polyphenols so you have the perfect ratio of caffeine and antioxidant effect that you could possibly want with cold brew so if you were to go to Starbucks and you were to order a hot coffee you might have a hundred milligrams of caffeine if you were to order a cold brew they would give you a cup of cold brew and they would add water to it and you’d end up with about the same amount of caffeine as you would with the hot coffee so the trick is to ask them not to add water then you have more caffeine it’s just the concentration when you go to Starbucks you go to any other coffee shop and they add water to it it’s not because they’re just making a premade concentrate it’s called the concentrate because that’s what they actually brewed in the first place and it’s really strong for most people but when you’re looking at trying to reduce your acid content you’re trying to get something that’s gonna give you a quick boost in the morning especially if you’re training fasted or working out fasted you want that small amount just concentrated cold brew that’s what I do so just get a tall cold brew with no water added to it and perfect you’ve got concentrated caffeine concentrated polyphenols and you’re in the black you’re ready to rock and roll and get a good workout in so I hope you’ve this clears up a little bit of the confusion between nitro coffee
hot coffee cold brew and why nitro coffee is not the enemy and why you’re not putting a chemical in your body you’re putting an elemental gas that’s totally chemically dead and not gonna damage it as always keep it locked in here on my channel you have ideas for future videos or you want to know about little tricks that you can use coffee with put them down in the comment section below I’ll see you soon
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Nitro Coffee vs Regular Coffee – Which One is For You? – Thomas DeLauer
Nitro coffee is a unique type of coffee that’s cold-brewed and infused with nitrogen gas to improve both its taste and texture
Unlike regular coffee, it’s served directly from the tap and is enjoyed cold rather than hot – often touted as superior to regular coffee, both in terms of taste and texture, as well as the health benefits it supplies
As mentioned, cold-brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas is released through a pressurized valve with tiny holes – as high pressure forces the cold brew past a disc, it creates a creamy, stout-like effect
Adding nitrogen creates microbubbles that give it a frothier feel and a smoother drinking coffee than when you don’t have the nitrogen added to it
Elemental nitrogen is a gas at atmospheric pressure and room temperature – chemically, it’s dead, meaning it’s an inert gas and that it won’t react with anything
Note: The only way that it can harm you (except for the bends) is if it is present in a sufficiently high concentration so that it displaces oxygen
The inertness of nitrogen was at least one of the reasons that nitro-coffee was invented, and chemically, it makes sense for two primary reasons:
Nitro coffee came about because carbonated coffee was initially attempted (and tasted terrible)
With carbonated coffee: When carbon dioxide is dissolved in water a small amount of carbonic acid is formed – acids have a sour taste and it tasted awful
And nitrogen has another benefit – solubility in water, more specifically, its lack thereof:
Since nitrogen doesn’t dissolve in water until it is pressurized, it forms very small bubbles, which do not change the taste of the coffee but do affect the texture (it becomes creamy)
Nitrogen provides another benefit, again because of its inertness:
It displaces oxygen, which oxidizes some of the chemicals in coffee, and this prevents it from spoiling
However, simply spritzing a little nitrogen in coffee isn’t going to do much, since enough oxygen will still exist in solution to spoil the coffee, but the pressurized nitrogen also gets rid of the oxygen in solution- a process called degassing
exposing coffee grounds to hot water releases oils that won’t dissolve at lower temperatures. These oils are full of acidic compounds that give coffee its famous bitter bite either by fully immersing the ground coffee in water or using a drip system. But because cold brew is made using water at room temperature (as opposed to about 200 degrees for hot coffee), the process is much slower, taking up to 24 hours in some cases.
Room temperature water extracts fewer water-soluble flavors from the coffee (which is why cold brew coffee is prized for its lack of bitterness), but there’s one thing it doesn’t extract less of: caffeine. In fact, the slow process extracts more caffeine than traditionally-brewed coffee.
More caffeine can be extracted from coffee beans with hot water than with cold water – this would imply that hot coffee contains more caffeine than cold brew, which is made with cold water
This is because caffeine’s solubility is primary driven by temperature, such that at higher temperatures, significantly more caffeine will dissolve in solution than at cooler temperatures
If you are using the same brew-to-water ratios, the cold brew will definitely have less caffeine than hot
But, cold brew coffee is typically made with a higher ratio of coffee to water – 2 to 2 1/2 times more – which means it is stronger than if made with a more conventional coffee-to-water ratio
However, cold brew is made as a concentrate that should be diluted with one part coffee to one part water or milk, which brings that caffeine level right back down – really depends on the maker
Starbucks example: A 16-ounce cold brew from Starbucks is reported to contain 200 mg of caffeine, while a hot 16-ounce coffee can contain anywhere from 260 to 360 mg, depending on the beans you choose
*There’s nothing to backup the claim that the nitrogen increases the caffeine content and/or enhances the uptake of it*
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