What is Starbucks Nariño 70 Cold Brew Coffee?

The story behind our beloved cold brew blend

by Michelle Flandreau | August 16, 2016
HOME Taste & Drinks What is Starbucks Nariño 70 Cold Brew Coffee?

When it comes to Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew Coffee, it’s all about the beans. The super-smooth, chocolaty flavor you love is thanks, in large part, to our unique blend. We meticulously developed it just for our cold brew. And when I say meticulous, I mean our team went through around 65 different iterations before landing on the perfect combination.

“It’s one of those coffees that you just go, ‘Wow!’” said Starbucks senior manager of coffee quality Anthony Carroll. He was part of the team that created our Nariño 70 Cold Brew blend.

With its mountainous landscape, coffee in the Nariño region of Colombia grows at elevations higher than 6,500 feet. At these elevations, warm tropical days and cool nights slow down the growth of coffee cherries. This gives them more time to develop, creating a complex and refined flavor.

For more than two decades, we’ve found exceptional coffees from this region.

“It’s been a coffee that’s been important to us for a long time. And I think it’s because of the versatility of the coffee.” Carroll said.
With its mountainous landscape, coffee in the Nariño region of Colombia grows at elevations higher than 6,500 feet. At these elevations, warm tropical days and cool nights slow down the growth of coffee cherries. This gives them more time to develop, creating a complex and refined flavor.

For more than two decades, we’ve found exceptional coffees from this region.

“It’s been a coffee that’s been important to us for a long time. And I think it’s because of the versatility of the coffee.” Carroll said.

Over the years, we’ve used Nariño coffee in a variety of ways — from Starbucks® Espresso Roast to single-origin Colombia Nariño and now our Nariño 70 Cold Brew.

“If you were to taste an espresso shot of Colombia Nariño, you would never believe it would show up that way in cold brew,” Carroll said. “You’d say, ‘There’s no way you can use that in cold brew, cause there’s no way that flavor would taste good that way.’ But it does. And that’s the magic of that Nariño coffee.”

Brewed as espresso, Carroll says Nariño coffee features a heavy herbal intensity. But when brewed as cold brew, it shows up with sweetness, roundness and a bigger body, which is exactly what the team was looking for when developing our Nariño 70 Cold Brew blend.

Carroll and senior coffee quality development specialist Leslie Wolford wanted to make sure the blend was complemented by the brewing process. When crafting our Nariño 70 Cold Brew, the coffee never comes in contact with hot water. Instead, the coffee is steeped in cool water for 20 hours in a Toddy® brewer. Carroll and Wolford worked closely with the Research and Development team as they spent months experimenting with different brew times. 

“It was really a great partnership and that’s really when we become the most successful,” Carroll said.

In addition to sourcing quality coffee from Nariño, we’re also to committed to supporting the development and sustainability of the region. Since 2002, we’ve contributed to several projects that have impacted thousands of smallholder farms. Those projects include providing training on environmentally friendly growing practices, upgrading coffee processing facilities and building homes for farmers. 
Carroll and senior coffee quality development specialist Leslie Wolford wanted to make sure the blend was complemented by the brewing process. When crafting our Nariño 70 Cold Brew, the coffee never comes in contact with hot water. Instead, the coffee is steeped in cool water for 20 hours in a Toddy® brewer. Carroll and Wolford worked closely with the Research and Development team as they spent months experimenting with different brew times.

“It was really a great partnership and that’s really when we become the most successful,” Carroll said.

In addition to sourcing quality coffee from Nariño, we’re also to committed to supporting the development and sustainability of the region. Since 2002, we’ve contributed to several projects that have impacted thousands of smallholder farms. Those projects include providing training on environmentally friendly growing practices, upgrading coffee processing facilities and building homes for farmers.
Photo credit: Liliana Arango, Starbucks agronomist
Photo credit: Liliana Arango, Starbucks agronomist
It’s just a really special coffee — for its history, the quality, how we can use it, its versatility. It’s everything that we want in a coffee.
- Anthony Carroll,
senior manager of coffee quality

We’re proud to showcase this unique coffee in our Nariño 70 Cold Brew. And thanks to months of work by our dedicated teams, the end result is an exceptional flavor you won’t find anywhere else.

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