Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ). If you do not see the answers to your questions here, feel free to contact us and one of our team members will help you out. Please know that as your fellow coffee and tea aficionados, it is our desire to assist you in finding the best overall solution for your specific situation. 🙂

 

How easy is it to serve nitro coffee?

If you already have draft equipment and nitrogen gas, you can make nitro coffee yourself, or choose an easy solution and order our product from Amazon or by contacting us. If you need help selecting and/ or implementing the proper dispense equipment, reach out to us through our contact page and we will be happy to help you.
Serving Nitro Coffee is easy. It does require some specific equipment and a little bit of knowledge. With help from Bona Fide we can help you determine what the best overall solution is to meet your needs.
You can find recipes and methods for preparing and serving nitro coffee on the internet. Or you can contact Bona Fide and let us do the hard part for you. We can have you pouring great tasting nitro coffee and tea in a few days and provide a scalable solution that you can count on to meet your ongoing needs.
Yes, our standard nitro coffees are certified organic, as are some of our teas. We are an organic certified processor and meet a specialized criteria which is audited periodically by an 3rd party certification inspector.
Cold brew started out as a term for coffee made with cold water only. However, it evolved into a loose term that refers to cold coffee methods in general. Cold brewed coffee is only brewed with cold water and needs to be refrigerated the entire time it is held. It generally has a short shelf life and goes sour quickly due to microbiological contamination in the handling process. Our proprietary process is called Craft Draft, because it is not a traditional cold brewed process. It can be called, a cold brew, but not, cold brewed, because we do use a hot step in the method.
Yes! Save unnecessary expenses and hassle of trying to do it by yourself. Send us your beans (or recipe) and we send you back nitro coffee in sanitary, food safe sankey kegs with your brand on the keg collar. Your coffee and our technology for a premium blend!

 

Equipment and Kegs

There are several solutions on the market that involve expensive, maintenance intensive, machines. However, the easiest and most economical solution is to work with a total service provider like Bona Fide or one of it's distributors, who can provide the dispensing equipment, maintenance and support for you in one scalable, cost effective and elegant solution.
Bona Fide and it's distributors provide draft equipment and maintenance to their customers. Contact us for our draft equipment Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
No, changing a keg is almost as easy as putting a key into a lock and opening a door. Once you understand how the parts fit, you will find it very easy. If you need someone to walk you through it the first time or if you want some training or retraining for your staff, contact us and we will help you out!
Bona Fide and most of its distributors provide nitrogen bottle service at delivery time. However, you can buy commercial N2 gas from your local bottled gas supplier too. Changing a bottle is easy. A 20 CuFt bottle of N2 gas should push 5-7 kegs. A 60 CuFt bottle should push 15-20 kegs of product. If you find that you are going through gas too quickly, you may have a leak which can be caused by a loose clamp or fitting. Leaks can be detected by spraying soapy water solution over each fitting connection and looking for bubbles. Contact us for help if you need assistance with a source for nitrogen gas, if you think you may have a leak in your system, or if you just need some additional confidence while you are learning about nitro coffee.

 

Safety and Benefits

Nitrogen is one of natures preservatives. 78% of the air we breath is made up of nitrogen (N2 gas). Since N2 is an inert gas, it is non-reactive to the coffee. Other gasses in air, such as oxygen or carbon dioxide are reactive to coffee at a molecular level and interfere with its stability, freshness and taste. Coffee that is saturated with pressurized N2 has a longer stability than coffee that is open to the air or exposed to CO2. In a nitro coffee system, the nitrogen releases and comes out of solution as the coffee is dispensed from pressure. Fine bubbles come to the service which creates a “falling" appearance as the coffee moves down and the bubbles move up. The nitrogen bubbles are tasteless, however they do provide a soft buffered mouth feel to the coffee, much like the head on a beer or the crema on an espresso shot taste different than flatter product.
When it comes to nutritional value, straight brewed coffee has almost none. This is why many coffee nutrition labels show zero or maybe just 1 or 2 calories for black coffee. Variation has do with brew density and any fats or sugars that remain in the brew. Since N2 gas has no nutritional value, the net effect is no change when compared to the same coffee without pressurized N2 added.
Yes, we only fill Sankey type stainless steel and Petainer® (PET) kegs. Unlike homebrew (“Corny” style) kegs which have a removable top, Sankey kegs (same type of kegs used commercially for beer and wine) cost more and are food safe and tamper proof. Our kegs are cleaned and sanitized with heat and special cleaning agents prior to each filling. Additionally, our Craft Draft brewing technology has a sterile hot step in the brew process which exceeds minimum pasteurization temperatures. While this step has no negative impact on the flavor of our coffee and tea, it does make our product safer and contributes to the stability of our product.
Nitro coffee is safe when processed in a permitted facility like ours using a proper process. Our ingredients are simply coffee (or tea and related flavorings), water and nitrogen gas. Note that “nitro” in this case, is NOT nitro glycerin, NOT nitromethane and NOT nitrous oxide, all of which are either inedible or at least dangerous. Nitro, as we use it, is nitrogen gas (N2), an inert (chemically inactive) gas that makes up 78% of the air that we breathe. It is obtained by separating out the oxygen and trace gasses from the air. Nitrogen gas (N2) is used in Bona Fide Nitro as a propellant, a visual enhancer and a preservative for the product. N2 protects the product from reactive elements such as oxygen and carbon dioxide which degrade its flavor and shelf life.