The Untold Truth Of Starbucks Cold Brew


Is cold brew coffee just another way for Starbucks
to get you to part with your hard earned cash, or is there really something something special
about it? Here’s what makes this slow-brewed cold coffee
variety stand out from the rest of the Starbucks menu. If you’re already overwhelmed by all of the
options on the Starbucks menu, you may be wondering whether or not the world really
needs another coffee drink to choose from. You may also be wondering just what makes
cold brew different from any of the other cold coffee drinks already available. For starters, iced coffee and cold brew are
made with entirely different brewing processes. Iced coffee is essentially hot coffee brewed
at twice the strength and served over ice. In order to make a batch of cold brew, Starbucks
adds its blend of coffee grounds to cool, filtered water and steeps them for 20 hours. Starbucks describes the flavor of cold brew
as having, quote, “the right balance of sweetness with citrusy and chocolate notes.” In case you’re wondering, those iced espresso
beverages don’t use cold brew coffee, either. They’re made by pouring espresso shots over
cold milk or water and ice. Cold brew is something completely different,
and now you know! If you thought Starbucks’ 20-hour cold brew
steeping process was intense, Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew takes things to the next level. The drink puts a twist on the coffee chain’s
traditional cold brew coffee by infusing it with nitrogen bubbles. Nitro Cold Brew comes out cold, so you won’t
need ice. It also comes out with a foamy top — much
like beer — so you can forget the milk, sugar, and straw. The drink has built quite a following, with
the Nitro Brew with Cascara Cold Foam holding the top spot in a Thillist ranking of all
the drinks on the Starbucks menu. But if you’re the kind of person who needs
to have your coffee supersized, you’re in for a disappointment. Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew is served in tall
and grande sizes only. But there’s a good reason for that: the drink
is not available in venti because serving it in that size would cause the drink to lose
the frothiness and bubbles that make it special. From your first sip, you’ll notice that Starbucks
Cold Brew has a distinct flavor from the other cold coffee drinks on the menu. Everything from the beans to the special slow
brewing process gives Starbucks’ latest coffee creation a reason to stand out from the rest
of the pack. Starbucks cold brew starts with a unique blend
of coffee from Africa and Latin America that is specifically designed to be served cold. Because there is no heat involved in the brewing
process, there is less acidity than iced coffee, and as a result cold brew has a much smoother,
full-bodied flavor, according to Starbucks. The delicious smooth flavor of Starbucks cold
brew may make you want to gulp down your drink in record time, but try to resist. Take your time to enjoy the taste, because
the flavor will not change with the temperature. Unlike iced coffee, the cold brewing process
helps to keep the flavor consistent. You may depend on your daily dose of coffee
to give you the energy to get through your day, but you may not know that a lot of other
good things are happening in the process. Drinking a cold brew coffee provides many
of the same health benefits as hot coffee, according to Healthline. Caffeine consumption has been shown to help
boost your metabolism and enhance your mood, and drinking coffee can also help protect
you from serious illnesses. According to a study by Harvard Medical School,
drinking three to four cups of coffee each day has been linked with a reduced risk of
serious illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Is an advantage to choosing cold brew coffee? Cold brew is 67 percent less acidic than other
varieties, which means that it may be easier for people with sensitive stomachs to digest. And if you always add cream or milk to change
the sweetness or texture of your coffee, opt for nitro, skip the creamer, and save on some
fat and calories. Starbucks brought a little fall flavor to
its menu in summer 2019 when they introduced the Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew, the first new
pumpkin-flavored beverage on the menu in 16 years. In case you were wondering why Starbucks would
launch a new fall-inspired beverage in the summer, it probably has a lot to do with business. As Forbes reported, a Starbucks spokesperson
credits the Pumpkin Spice Latte as being the company’s best-selling seasonal beverage of
all time. The chain had sold over 350 million as of
2018. The popularity of cold coffee has risen dramatically
in the last few years, with cold drink sales at Starbucks increasing from 37 percent of
sales in 2013 to 50 percent in 2019, according to NBC News. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder they
invented a cold brew version of this seasonal favorite. Contrary to popular opinion, espresso and
and dark roast coffee don’t necessarily always have the highest levels of caffeine per serving,
and the amount of caffeine in your coffee depends on everything from how your coffee
is ground to the way it is brewed. If you want the biggest caffeine bang for
your buck at Starbucks, it may depend on your preference. When you’re in the mood for cold coffee, cold
brew is definitely the way to go, as it has more caffeine per serving than a traditional
iced coffee. According to the nutrition facts listed on
the Starbucks website, a grande cold brew contains 205 mg of caffeine, compared to 165
mg of caffeine in a grande iced coffee. But, you might also want to consider that
a grande Pike Place has 310 mg of caffeine, so it’s all down to one question: hot or cold? Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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100 comments on “The Untold Truth Of Starbucks Cold Brew”

  1. John Crandall says:

    A venti nitro brew would cause you to see smells

  2. 1maddd2mackxxck 1maddd2mackxxck says:

    You want to know the truth about Starbucks????
    YOU HAVE TO BE A STAR TO AFFORD THEIR SERVICES WITH YOUR BUCKS

  3. Declan Bruns says:

    Tbh I think Starbucks cold brew is not that good of my taste buds and in my opinion my homemade diluted decaf cold brew coffee is the best.

  4. alex zander says:

    I like it just cost to much the nitro is 475 I just wish it didn’t take 24hr too brew

  5. Samuel Brewster says:

    I work at Starbucks and get free drinks all the time and if I want an iced coffee, I get cold brew because it tastes better

  6. janone says:

    we're actually not allowed to sell nitro above grade size because we can't sell that much caffeine in one drink

  7. Samuel Lias says:

    Starbucks created cold brew?? Lol. I think not

  8. Lenny Wright says:

    Once I got a barista to make me a venti nitro cold brew.. next thing I knew the Starbucks Exploded!! XO

  9. unknow mysteries says:

    Cold brew was a let down for me. May as well serve it hot. It was warm. Not cold, not hot. Like left out coffee on a counter. Took a sip and was just like what happened.

  10. Star Lord says:

    My coffee is just as good or better than Starbucks and alot fucking cheaper.

  11. waterfowlful says:

    Rancid scorched coffee brewed cold? No thank you! Vote with your feet and support a local speciality coffee shop if you have money to burn and the inclination for a tasty coffee treat.

  12. Vessels says:

    This is big cap, every single starbucks I've been to makes this drink taste horrible.

  13. Daniel SM says:

    SEL LOU T lol

  14. bludhound73 says:

    Cold brew is super easy to make at home. You can even make it with a French Press.

  15. Black Hole Rainbow says:

    I recently started making my own iced coffee and both my wife and I love it. Going to try making my own cold brew next.

  16. Led Zepaulin says:

    Cheap sugar=high profit🥤💵💵

  17. Vicki Takacs says:

    Harvard lies and so does Healthline. Starbucks is a sugarbomb and it will get you in the end.

  18. Adrian Rodriguez says:

    But like why they acting like Starbucks invented nitro … smh

  19. James Pells says:

    Bullshit

  20. Latham Maxwell says:

    Ya I work at Starbucks and the reason for not being able to get a Venti Nitro is because it is served without ice and that full amount of cold brew is to much caffeine for the average person. A regular venti cold brew would be servered with ice and would be far less if it had no ice like it’s counterpart.

  21. Cafeidas says:

    4 cups of coffee A DAY?? OMG

  22. King Reef says:

    Super garbage

  23. marjdickson says:

    I make my own cold brew…it's cheaper

  24. Its Halo says:

    Stopped liking them since they disrespected bunny from grav3yard girl

  25. Daryn says:

    Wow this was super untold!

  26. Hibiscus Angel says:

    Don’t ever buy starbucks cold brew in the grocery store…nasty

  27. PeachQtPi says:

    Foolish. Save your dollars and make coffee at home.

  28. Lederhosen Pants says:

    Starbucks cold brew is absolute garbage compared to making it yourself.

  29. Duncanator says:

    I make my own thank you but no thanks

  30. John Taylor says:

    she know she didnt like the taste of that coffee😂 look like she was about to barf😂😂 @3:32

  31. thefatmoop says:

    mmmm we love those starbucks disposable cups that last forever

  32. Seth K Johnson says:

    I cold brewed coffee for a month and a half. Wow! Super Strong

  33. G H says:

    Nastiest thing I ever tasted

  34. Dex OnPoint says:

    There’s so many 3rd wave coffee shops who kill the cold brew game. Why highlight Starbucks? Whack.

  35. Makayla B says:

    It smells heavenly, but it’s disgusting to me..

  36. TRENT says:

    Good marketing Starbucks……now, can we talk about how shit Starbucks really is?

  37. T Antonio says:

    Is this an ad?

  38. puff balls says:

    and I made my own cold brew at home which was way dangerous because I actually stayed awake more than cold brew. I'm not sure if I'll make one again. I'm scared lol

  39. Coarsoldier says:

    Fuck Starbucks I didn't even watch the video

  40. x2805 says:

    Well I pretty much thought Omg that sucks, when I tasted it. Maybe it's a local franchisee scam or similar

  41. Joe I says:

    The truth…. From a Starbucks commercial

  42. Carl Tomacruz says:

    Making cold brew out of Starbucks beans is not a good idea. They taste burnt, unless it's the blonde roast beans, which are pretty good.

  43. DaTsiT says:

    The info you mentioned about studies showing decrease in CVD with individuals is only true with 4-5 cups of coffee and only with those who have the gene called CYP1A2 ! Where individuals without this gene or a lower gene expression when coffee was introduced increase chances of all cause mortality and CVD when it came to 4-5 cups!

    Your info was great just don’t forget to add the exact information before you start telling everyone to go for it and consume roughly 400-500mg a day of caffeine!

  44. Jdub4869 says:

    I worked there for four a d half years, it would be good to note that most hot coffees (aside from Starbucks) don't have nearly as much caffeine content than pike regardless of type of bean or roast profile.

  45. Giselle Zavala says:

    Lmao how is this untold truth? This is basic coffee knowledge

  46. Jordan Stevens says:

    I work at Starbucks and I personally prefer cold brew over iced coffee.

  47. Sarah Safi says:

    I feel like I’m getting hypnotized

  48. Mashed says:

    What's your regular order at Starbucks?

  49. Caden Harvey says:

    Vanilla sweet cream cold brew with cf is delicious af

  50. Angelia Settle says:

    I know drinking coffee always makes me happy lol.

  51. Gabriel Rawlins says:

    What the heck.. I’m drinking one right now.. I bought 40oz of it straight from the store yesterday

  52. Rick Nick says:

    Free refills with Starbucks rewards..just get a tall cold brew and save money.

  53. Robert Barber says:

    Starbucks makes millions while taking advantage of poor farmers, while also pandering to the hippie liberals claiming to be green. It is the biggest clusterfuck I have ever seen.

  54. Justin Cline says:

    specialty coffee roasters have been doing this for years

  55. Daryl Phuah says:

    Starbucks cold brew is shit, its better than their iced americano, but that's not really a high bar. Just go to any artisan cafe and get one of their cold brews and you can taste the difference immediately. Or buy some beans/grinds and do it yourself, its easy and tastes so much better and costs so much less.

  56. Austin Gillham says:

    I was told from a burista that’s the cold brew and the nitro cold brew come from the same tap. Not sure how true that is because they have to add the nitrogen at some point before the pour

  57. VulcanGray says:

    This is just a 6 minute ad.

  58. Afryandi Christianto says:

    Is this a commercial?

  59. Joshua Valenzuela says:

    this is the longest Starbucks ad ever

  60. Abby Robbins says:

    this video is so stupid, are you people really that clueless about how coffee is made

  61. Lucy Hao says:

    The acidity of the starbuck's cold brew is always overwhelming.

  62. diemcim says:

    I’m pretty sure Starbucks did not invent cold brew.

  63. Bubbaxara says:

    PSA coming from a SB partner, a venti nitro cold brew will not lose most of it’s initial froth- it’s so heavily caffeinated that it tops the daily recommended caffeine intake. If you care that much just buy two.

  64. Blue says:

    I buy cold brew and warn it up.

  65. lauren silva says:

    Grande cold brew with coconut milk and 2 stevia! I’m OBSESSED

  66. HARKNESS says:

    This video was paid by Starbucks

  67. Chase Worth says:

    This is the most shameless plug of Starbucks

  68. Bonnie B says:

    Hot, cold, Frapp, doesn't matter.
    It is the worst coffee ever. Idk how people like it.

  69. mrisbest says:

    This should be labeled as an ad.

  70. Andrew Panozzo says:

    Or idk go to a local coffee shop and enjoy coffee that isn’t roasted to charcoal and ruining the lives of the farmers :/

  71. jeni !! says:

    cold brew tastes like hot ass

  72. L L says:

    Here in Australia in summer, a common coffee is an iced latte. Simply a double espresso, ice cubes and cold milk poured over. It was very common in Taiwan when I was there too, but sold in a Starbucks style plastic cup and straw.

  73. K-no-K says:

    As a specialty coffee barista with a specialty coffee association degree level 3, I can tell you that nitro coffee doesn't require at all a big glass to form a nice creamy foam and some active, balanced bobbles.
    Cream always depends on the amount vegetal oil naturally present in the coffee. In case of nitro coffee, it's the actual pressure/nitrogen gas ratio that is the most important. The gas is the biggest cost that you have to take into account while making it, per pour. So the bigger the glass, the bigger the profit. No technical BS.

  74. Katy Out n About says:

    At starbucks, our morning blend was so high in caffiene, we discouraged people from ordering a venti because people often don’t know just how much caffiene they’re ordering, and with over 400mg of caffiene, its the #1 drink on the entire starbucks menu with the most caffiene.

  75. Deea Hoque says:

    Pumpkin cream cold brew is the best drink of all time

  76. Matt Cerrone says:

    I drink a ridiculous amount of coffee and have been trying to find the best cold brew and have yet to find one that tops Starbucks’ cold brew. There’s a reason they’re so popular people!

  77. Brent Hughldridge Chua says:

    Starbucks did not invent cold brew or nitro. Just putting it out there.

    Would still buy from them though, for convenience.

  78. Toma pang says:

    I don't drink coffee is this cold brew really strong ? I don't wanna be hyped up with all that caffeine

  79. Hannah Lovli says:

    As an Starbucks barista, I always opt for cold brew. It’s just smoother

  80. chris malzahn says:

    I make my own at home, it's cheaper. Not to mention convenient!

  81. Connor Skeeters says:

    Another reason why we don’t sell any size larger than grande in our nitro cold brew is because you can actually OD on the amount of caffeine that a venti nitro cold brew holds

  82. Musician Friendly says:

    I prefer Ice Coffee. I only drink Cold Brew for caffeine

  83. Amy Secosh says:

    It can't be served in a venti because the caffeine is so high and you can't have a straw because drinking it too fast can be terrible for your health.

  84. ittakeswill says:

    Cold brew makes me feel sick. Think my body is used to the acidity of hot brewed coffee.

  85. Hans Adriel Gabriel says:

    Um mm… For the cost of 1 cold brew there, you can make about 5 at home… Just don't expect it to taste anywhere close to the Starbucks drink without proper training on coffee.

  86. Fabio Bollinger says:

    Why do your videos sound like news TV when there've ran out of news

  87. Armike Bengco says:

    What’s the video in 0:55 in? Please reply

  88. Franciscy says:

    This just kinda sounds like they think Starbucks invented cold brewing and nitro pours. Either that or starbucks just chucked them a shit ton of money.

  89. Naughtysauce says:

    Everyone acting like cold brew coffee taste amazing black, that shit is still nasty.

  90. owl6ix says:

    That pumpkin spice cold brew is life.

  91. Djobo Kuwali says:

    This is another reason why Mashed isn’t news but advertising

  92. Pedorosa Villales says:

    Love SB

  93. Becky K says:

    😑😑😑😑😑😑

  94. Bikes & Beans says:

    so stupid… basically just a massive commercial nothing new here!

  95. Shantal Nino says:

    #Nitrogang 🙌

  96. Spruce Mouthman says:

    I make my own cold brew and Nitro brews at home. Starbucks is overpriced sugar bombs for dopes for the most part.

  97. Anthony Bizzari says:

    According to joe the pope is Muslim

  98. Sobeyda Elizabeth Cortes says:

    This video left out a couple things.
    If you’re planning to drink 3-4 cups a day… know that caffeine can be addictive.
    Caffeine is categorized as a drug in the same category as cocaine.
    When you cut out caffeine, you will go though withdrawal symptoms such as; headaches, fatigue, anxiety, etc..
    Coffee dehydrates your body, so make sure you’re increasing your water intake.
    Also from a personal experience, coffee breaks me out. My acne slowly faded away when I stopped drinking coffee and cow milk.

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