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Nitro Iced Coffee Uses Self-Contained Nitrogen Generators | Case Study

Self- Contained Nitrogen Generators for Nitro Iced Coffee -Coffee Beans on background - Parker Industrial Gas Filtration and Generation Division

Battle Grounds Coffee is a small, community-oriented coffee shop in Haverhill, MA. The owners were challenged to find a more efficient and consistent way to deliver Nitro Coffee to their customers.

 

Nitro coffee is the new smooth brew

According to Battle Grounds Coffee, Nitro coffee is the new trend.

It has a soft smooth mouthfeel. It’s like sipping on a Guinness. It gives the sensation that you’ve added cream to it but you haven’t. It looks fantastic poured and cascading in a glass. Nitrogen gas enhances some of the complex coffee flavors that you find in our blends and roasts at Battlegrounds Coffee. Prior to using the generator, we were using pre-charged food-grade nitrogen tanks.

Self Contained Nitrogen Generators for Nitro Iced Coffee - Nitrogen tank - Parker Hannifin"Tanks were the most difficult aspect of making and maintaining nitro coffee. The pressure gauges on the regulator were faulty indicating you had more nitrogen that was really left. As owners, we would get calls in the middle of the day saying 'Hey, we are out of nitrogen!'

For us, it was a hassle getting those tanks refilled. We had to drive to the local welding shop. We change out the tank 3-4 times per week so you had to assure that was done right and that there were no leaks. It wasn’t an efficient system and was becoming a hassle. The supplier was charging more than $50 per tank for food-grade nitrogen so my payback was very quick."

— Sal DiFranco, Battle Grounds Coffee

 

Nitrogen Generators with on-board compressors for low flow applications provide safety, savings, and convenience.

Parker nitrogen generators completely eradicate the danger, inconvenience, and high costs of truck delivered nitrogen. The hassles of changing high-pressure tanks and the routine interruption of nitrogen supply are eliminated. They offer long-term cost stability by eliminating vendor price increases, contract negotiations, long term commitments, transportation issues and hazmat charges.

Once installed, a continuous supply of high purity nitrogen is available within a few minutes of startup. Nitrogen, unlike CO2, imparts a small bubble that creates an attractive cascade down the side of a glass. More importantly, the small size of the nitrogen bubble creates a smooth, creamy finish on your palate. Consumers report that it is even sweeter than conventional iced coffee.

 

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Meeting the needs of retail coffee establishments

Self Contained Nitrogen Generators for Nitro Coffeee - Case Study - glass filled from tap - Parker Industrial Gas Filtration and Generation DivisionBuilding on Parker’s history of over 35 years of producing Nitrogen Generators for beverage dispense, we are pleased to offer a nitrogen gas generator specifically designed to meet the needs of retail coffee establishments. Parker Nitrogen Generators eliminate the danger, inconvenience and high costs of truck delivered nitrogen. There is no need to rely on an outside supplier. The hassles of changing high-pressure tanks and the routine interruption of nitrogen supply is completely eliminated. 

Parker Nitrogen Generators are also good for the environment because delivered nitrogen is manufactured using an energy-intensive process and then distributed in smog generating trucks. Parker generators offer long term cost stability by eliminated vendor price increases, contract negotiations, long term commitments, tank rental fees, delivery fees and hazmat charges. Once the generator is installed, a continuous supply of high purity nitrogen is available within a few minutes of startup.

Cold-brewed coffee may be enhanced with nitrogenation. Nitrogen becomes infused into the coffee, much like a nitro beer. Nitrogen, unlike CO2, imparts a small bubble that creates an attractive cascade down the side of a glass. More importantly, the small size of the nitrogen bubble creates a smooth, creamy finish in your mouth. Consumers even report that it is sweeter than conventional iced coffee. Imagine the reaction of your customers to a creamy slightly sweet coffee without the need for added cream or sugar! Parker nitrogen generators are ready to operate as delivered with carefully matched components engineered for easy installation, operation and long term reliability. The generators are free-standing and housed in an attractive cabinet with casters.

 

Operation

The Parker DN-6NA Nitrogen Generator is designed to provide a constant supply of nitrogen gas, at a pre-selected purity, flow, and pressure. The system uses proven Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology with a Carbon Molecular Sieve (CMS) to separate N2 from the atmosphere and deliver it at high purity. The installation consists of simply connecting the plug to a standard outlet and connecting the nitrogen outlet to your coffee dispenser.

The onboard compressor means that there is no need to connect to a source of compressed air. Simply turn it on, and the air is then prefiltered, compressed, and passed through a 0.01 micron filter rated at 99.99%. The air is then passed through the CMS separation bed which captures the oxygen, creating a stream of high purity nitrogen. Lastly, the stream of nitrogen is passed through a sterile grade filter rated at 99.99999+% at 0.01 micron and then sent to the coffee dispenser. The CMS bed is regenerated to remove the captured oxygen and the cycle repeats.

 

Nitrogen generator package includes

  • Self Contained Nitrogen Generators for Nitro CoffeeNitrogen generator, filters, controls, and an on-board compressor
  • Floor mount on casters
  • Automatically shuts down if there is no demand
  • Stays in standby mode until more nitrogen is needed
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Compact - frees up floor space
  • Eliminates unexpected shutdowns
  • Hassle-free operation
  •  Safe and reliable
  • UL, NSF, & CE listed
  • CB Scheme, CSA, EMC and IEC certified

 

 

 

 

Self Contained Nitrogen Generators for Nitro Ice Coffee -  nitro coffee in glass - Parker Industrial Gas Filtration and Generation Division"The Parker DN-6 provides nitrogen without any interruption. It’s always ready. Saved us at least four man-hours per week. It is awesome! We use nitrogen to push Kombucha too. Plug and play. It’s always working and saves us a lot of time. We also pour wine and we keep the wine bottle purged with nitrogen to keep it fresh. We are also looking at using it to pour our beer too.”

— Sal DiFranco, Battle Grounds Coffee

 

"We were always fighting with the tanks to work properly to pour the perfect pour for a nitro cold brew. Since we’ve had the nitrogen generator it has been easy breezy. With a generator, you don’t have to worry about it. You set and forget. We never have to tell customers 'Sorry we aren’t pouring today.' The pour looks great, tastes even better.”

— Dana, Battle Grounds Coffee

 

Nitro Iced Coffee Uses Self-Contained Nitrogen Generators | Case Study - download the case study - Industrial Gas Filtration and Generation DivisionTo learn more about self-contained nitrogen generators for nitro iced coffee, download a copy of the case study and call Parker today at 1-800-343-4048

 

Article contributed by the Gas Generation Team.

 

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