There’s some great news for coffee lovers, and fans of Starbucks alike: the coffee company has created a new, ice coffee drink option, just in time for summer. Not only is the drink said to be the perfect beverage, for those obsessed with coffee, to reach for on a hot day, but it is cold-brewed coffee, infused with nitrogen, placed in a keg, and served on draught, much like beer. The best part? Apparently, the chocolatey-like taste and the fact that it is a low-calorie beverage option on the Starbucks menu. While it was introduced in the summer of 2015, not many Starbucks fans were able to find it, due to it being released to limited stores. This is seemingly going to start to change in the coming months.
The coffee conglomerate, who sold this nitro brew at only a few locations in Seattle, recently stated that the popular drink will now be served at over 500 stores. Cities anticipated to start serving the drink include Boston, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and of course, The Big Apple, New York City. While Starbucks did not offer a concrete date to expect these beauties to start popping up, the company did say that they would make it to the stores, by the end of the summer; and a specific date will be determined at a later time.
MSN reported that while these 500 stores are a good start, they don’t exactly cover all of the Starbucks across North America. Still, if last year’s popularity of the drink is any indication, then it could potentially become a staple on the menu, moving forward. In general, the numbers look good. Sales of cold-brew coffee have increased over 300% since 2010, and market research companies like Mintel and NPD Group are stating this bevvie with nitrogen is Starbuck’s second best-selling drink, at their Seattle Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room location.
Interested in trying this new drink, but aren’t located (or even near) any of the cities Starbuck’s listed, above? Don’t fret! Other companies apparently offer similar canned options of this drink at some Whole Foods Markets. You may also be able to find some variations of nitro cold brew at a local health food store, or farmer’s market in your area. It may take a little digging, but it will be oh-so worth it in the end. A refreshing summer drink, that is actually healthy for you, is a hard find.