Starbucks Cold Brew

Drink Review

Starbucks is bringing out so many visually pleasing drinks lately. It makes me want to go out and try them all. The pecan latte sounds really cool. And I've heard about the US bringing out the Unicorn Frappuccino and it looks so gorgeous. I just wish the UK would bring it over here, to see if really lives up to the hype. 

But for now, I'll just have to settle with the new drinks that Starbucks UK has just brought in. I don't really consider myself a beverage connoisseur, but I do like to try out different drinks now and then. My regular drink at Starbucks is their Green Tea Latte, but I do also order something else different to try as well.  

I previously reviewed Starbuck's Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew and Cappuccino Freddo. Since I've recently tried the Cold Brew, I wanted to share my opinions on this drink. Since I reviewed the other two drinks from the line, I didn't want to leave the Cold Brew out. It's the colours that appeal to me in that drink. 

When I asked for the drink, the barista had to check to see if it was still in stock. Even though Summer is coming close to an end, it tells me that the drink seems to be quite popular and is in demand. This poster, in particular, shows that the quantity is limited. After trying the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, I wanted to try the Cold Brew on its own. 

They asked me if I wanted milk in mine and I said no. So I just had the cold brew as it was without the sugar. I like black coffee, so I had high expectations. Cold Brew has more caffeine in it than the regular black coffees. I think it's because of the way it's made. It's brewed for over 20 hours using cold water and ground beans from Latin America and Africa. They do it to give this smooth and texture to make it sweet. 

It's supposed to be sweet with hints of chocolate and citrus. It's a very precise process and it sounded really interesting. There's been a lot of talk about this drink lately.  

I didn't feel the hints of chocolate and citrus, I thought it was really nice. It's pretty much exactly what it says it is: it's a cold brew with lots and lots of ice. The ice brings it all together and keeps it cooler for longer. I didn't get that instant shock like I did with the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, that one was strong and gave me a shock. I think trying that drink really prepared me for this one. 

It is a lot stronger than your average ice coffee, but I still personally enjoyed it. Before trying the drink I had a very intensive swimming session and I had later on in the afternoon. And I felt that the drink gave me a lot of energy. I'm not feeling drowsy at the moment, so that's a good sign. 

Metro describes the drink as the coffee equivalent to Guinness. I'm not sure about this, actually. The way it was presented did make me think of coke. But I think it is a nice description. 

Overall, it's a very nice drink. I really liked the taste and the texture and I would recommend it. It's very low in calories and sugar-free. Starbucks claims that it has no calories in it and no sugar unless you add it in. It seems that Starbucks is really trying to cater for the health conscious people. It's a nice guilt-free alternative to the lattes and frappuccinos. It gave me a good coffee fix. If you fancy something that's really cold and really strong, then this drink is for you. 

Chloe Gilholy
Chloe Gilholy

Chloe Gilholy is a care assistant from Oxfordshire with a passion for writing, travelling and gaming. Author of Drinking Poetry. 

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