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Starbucks' First Canned Nitro Cold Brew Is Just as Smooth as a Fresh Pour

Your morning caffeine fix can now be achieved with just the crack of a can.

Do you ever wake up craving that jolt of energy a cold brew almost immediately provides after taking just a few sips? Oftentimes, though, you have to wait until you're out the door and in your car, serpentining through the line of cars that lead up to the drive-thru of Starbucks. All of this, just to get your caffeine fix. That is, until now.

Your favorite Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew now has a spot in your local grocery store. Starting today, you can find these ready-to-drink beverages at grocery stores nationwide, including Walmart, Target, Kroger—even Amazon. Meaning: You can now have a low-calorie, relatively low-sugar caffeine fix stocked at home.

The new Starbucks RTD Nitro Cold Brew is available in three flavors:

  • Black: Cold-brew coffee infused with nitrogen and 155 milligrams of caffeine.
  • Dark Caramel: Black coffee with a hint of dark caramel sweetness and 155 milligrams of caffeine.
  • Vanilla Sweet Cream: Black coffee with a touch of vanilla sweet cream and 110 milligrams of caffeine.

Nitro cold brew is slightly different from regular cold brew. Both kinds of coffee are brewed the same, but nitro cold brew is then infused with nitrogen, which gives it a smoother mouthfeel. Both nitro and regular cold brew have higher concentrations of caffeine than a typical cup of coffee, which on average contains 95 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounces.

Each can of Starbucks RTD Nitro Cold Brew has 10-70 calories, depending on the flavor, and less than 11 grams of sugar, which is considerably healthier than some of Starbucks' other cold brew drinks. For perspective, a tall (12 ounces) Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Cream Cold Foam contains 160 calories and 17 grams of sugar. The canned Nitro Cold Brew, on the other hand, will spare you the calories but not the caffeine, so you can get energized as soon as you wake up.

Cans retail anywhere between $3.49 and $3.99 each. (The RTD Nitro Cold Brew Black will also be available at Starbucks stores starting March 3.)

Mega fans, take note: You can also score a free velour track jacket (yes, seriously) to show off how much you love the velvety smooth Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew. Head to to claim one before they're gone.

Hedy Phillips
Hedy is a freelance writer with years of experience covering buzzy food trends, wellness, and weight loss. Read more about Hedy
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