Review: Starbucks Cold Foam

Starbucks Cold FoamLet me just say it’s good.

Starbucks describes the cold foam like this in a “fact sheet”: Frothed cold instead of hot by blending nonfat milk until it is smooth, creating layers of creamy texture and flavor without the cream.

Yep!  Nonfat milk.  Even better, right?

My normal order at Starbucks is a venti iced coffee, unsweetened with light cream.  When I saw this drink option in my messages on the Starbucks app I was intrigued.  However, it’s not available with my drink order.   I don’t get that!

Starbucks Cold Foam

It doesn’t make sense to me because the same “fact sheet” says:  In addition to the new featured cold foam beverages, customers can also ask to add a dollop of cold foam to their favorite iced beverages. The beverages are served with strawless lids, allowing customers savor the velvety cold foam with every sip.

The “featured cold foam beverages” are Cold Foam Cascara Cold Brew, Cold Foam Cascara Nitro Cold Brew and the Cold Foam Starbucks Blonde Iced Cappucino.  The manager at my location told me she would make the exception this time so I could try it but the company has not advised them on modifications.  Again, that doesn’t make sense to me.

Also, it says you get a “strawless” lid with this.   Ummmmmm…… check out the pic below.

Starbucks Cold Foam
Iced Coffee with Cold Foam on top

After all that I have to say it’s good.  Here’s why:

I like the cold foam because it adds a sweetness to the drink that you don’t have to add.   Even though I get my drink unsweetened I usually add sweet-n-low.  Yes, I know sweet-n-low is gonna kill me and it’s not good for me.   Let’s just move past that.

The cascara topping is what gives it the sweetness.   Think brown sugar and maple.

But I like the fact that the foam doesn’t mix with the drink.  It sits perfectly on top….always pretty.

Starbucks Cold Foam
Shaken up and the foam is still on top. Love it!

Here’s what I don’t like:

Other than the fact that I can’t add it to my regular drink, my other issue is that my venti iced coffee is usually $3.38 but the nitro is $5.25!  Ummmm….no.   I just can’t justify an extra $2 each time I visit Starbucks.   But how much extra would Starbucks charge to add cold foam to my iced coffee if that was a thing?   Hmmm….that’s the real question.

You’d think the extra $2 would stop me from ordering it again

But it didn’t…this ONE time because I wanted the full experience.  (It’s all in the name of research.  Am I right?)   This time I got the nitro cold brew.  It actually made me like cold brew.   I’ve said before that I’m really not a fan of cold brew.  My reasons are few (actually less than few) but I think they’re legit.


Have you tried the cold foam?  If so, did you like it?

I also saw in my app messages that Starbucks is again email touting the Pineapple Black Tea Infusion.  Check out my review.

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