Aug 15, 2014

News: Starbucks Testing Cold-Brewed Coffee

Starbucks is testing cold-brewed coffee out in Boston. Starbucks Melody reports that the test is only planned for a few weeks and is only made in small batches using a Toddy coffee maker. Given that it takes 12-plus hours to cold-brew coffee, the limited supply is only sold each day until they run out.

For those unfamiliar, cold-brewing coffee is basically steeping coffee for long periods of time rather than brewing it with heat. Technically, it's not necessarily cold and can be done at room temperature. The resulting coffee contains less of the harsher bitter acids than brewing with heat and typically results in a smoother cup. It's usually found at third-wave, artisan-type coffee shops.

Prices on Starbucks' Cold Brew Coffee ranges from $2.45 for a 12-oz Tall to $3.95 for a 31-oz Trenta.

While Starbucks is the biggest coffee chain, it's a little bit late to the party on this one. Earlier this week, Chick-fil-A started offering cold-brewed iced coffee. Rival coffee chain, Caribou Coffee, is also offering cold-brewed iced coffee this summer.