Did you hear? Starbucks is introducing a keg to its collection of ice cold beverages. Can you say coffee keg stand? Yea, probably not the best idea. But the fact remains…Starbucks is introducing two new drinks this summer and one is on tap! The Nitro Cold Brew.
If you liked last year’s debut of the Starbucks Cold Brew collection, then you’re going to love its ‘nitrogen infused’ offspring this summer.
“We start with a small, chilled keg of Starbucks Cold Brew coffee. Then it’s infused with nitrogen, which unlocks the super-smooth, natural sweetness of the Cold Brew coffee, which then cascades from the tap with a velvety texture you can see and taste,” said 20-year partner, Anthony Carroll, in the coffee chain’s press release.
So, let us break it down for you. This is the same Starbucks Cold Brew coffee that is handcrafted in small batches every morning by your faithful Starbucks baristas. Which lets be honest, we see more in a week than any other person in our lives. This slow-steeped beverage is then fused with nitrogen. The very same liquid element used to make that pint of chunky monkey you eat during The Bachlorette on Monday nights. That’s element number seven for you periodic table junkies.
Served straight from the tap and at a whopping 5 calories per 12-ounce pour, I don’t think your caffeine fix could get much better than this. That is…until we heard about Nitro’s partner this summer. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew.
Again, we start with the foundation of Starbuck’s Cold Brew. However, this icy beverage is topped with a toothache. And we mean that in a good way. A layer of house-made sweet cream is poured over the chilled coffee, adding just a splash of sugar to get you going! At 100 calories and 12 grams of sugar, that’s a sweet tooth we can get on board with!
For now, the west coast alone is privy to the Nitro kegs, but Starbucks expects to disperse the beverage to 500 store by the end of the summer. They’re coming for you first, New York. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew will also be available in the coming months in both Canada and the U.S.
I don’t know about you, but we’re getting chills just thinking about it!