What is Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew?
And really – how does it taste?
Last year, we introduced people to the joys of small-batch Starbucks® Cold Brew coffee. This year, Starbucks® new Nitro Cold Brew is taking Cold Brew to a whole new level. Served chilled from the tap, it adds a nitrogen infusion that enhances its naturally sweet flavor for a velvety smooth, creamy taste.
Watch as Starbucks coffee education specialist Mackenzie Karr talks about what makes Nitro Cold Brew so special.
The Sweetness of Cold Brew
People are often surprised by the natural sweetness of Starbucks® Cold Brew. That comes from how it’s crafted. Starbucks® Cold Brew coffee is less acidic than hot coffee, or even iced coffee (which is hot coffee poured over ice). Instead of using heat, our signature blend uses time to extract the full flavor of the beans. A full 20 hours of slow-steeping to be exact.
Crafting the recipe for our Cold Brew didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it was years in the making. Learn the unique story behind how Starbucks® Cold Brew was made here.
The Smoothness of Nitro
After handcrafting our Cold Brew recipe, we infuse it with nitrogen at the moment it’s poured to create Nitro Cold Brew. It’s served naturally sweet from the tap, with the cascade of nitrogen bubbles giving it a rich, creamy head and a delightfully smooth mouthfeel for a whole new coffee experience not to be missed.
Starbucks Goes Nitro
Starbucks introduced this nitrogen-infused version of Starbucks® Cold Brew in 2016. It started in select Starbucks® stores in Seattle, including the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room. Nitro Cold Brew will eventually be available in more than 500 company-operated stores with additional stores in Seattle and Portland, followed by New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.