Starbucks Has a New Drink (and It’s Not What You Expect)

Starbucks' newest Nitro Cold Brew comes chilled from the tap and tastes like dark chocolate stout!

Slide on over, Pumpkin Spice Latte. There’s a new brew at Starbucks! Cold Foam Dark Cocoa Nitro is the latest cold brew on tap at participating Starbucks locations. It’s nothing unusual like the Unicorn Frappuccino or the Protein-Blended Cold Brew but the new drink is inspired by a chocolate stout.

The Dark Cocoa Nitro shines with coffee’s natural chocolate notes thanks to an infusion of bittersweet cocoa cold foam. Yum!

Wait…What’s Nitro Cold Brew?

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“Nitro Cold Brew” is cold brew coffee that’s served chilled from a tap (like a craft beer, sans alcohol). Not every Starbucks has Nitro Cold Brew on tap, but it’s worth looking around for because its smoothness and sweetness are astounding. It’s brewed cold, as the name suggests, which means that the flavor of the coffee beans is extracted using time, rather than heat—a full 20 hours of slow cold-steeping, to be exact. Here’s what makes a cold brew different from standard iced coffee.

Serving Nitro Cold Brew chilled from a tap brings out the cold brew’s naturally sweet flavor with a smooth, creamy taste. It reminds me of a good beer with a velvety smooth foam that tickles the tongue and brings out the underlying notes in the brew. In the case of the new Cold Foam Dark Cocoa Nitro, the underlying notes are dark chocolate.

Where to Order a Cold Foam Dark Cocoa Nitro

You can get the Cold Foam Dark Cocoa Nitro at any Starbucks where you can get a standard Nitro Cold Brew. Use the Starbucks Store Locator to find one near you. By the way, a Dark Cocoa Nitro is only 90 calories per serving (compare that with the Pumpkin Spice Latte here).

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