REVIEW: Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam

Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam

What is the Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam?

Starbucks has released yet another cold brew beverage with Cold Foam. This time, it’s a Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam. Also on top is a toasted honey topping. For those of you unfamiliar with nitro, it means the cold brew comes out of a nitrogen tap, meaning it’s a bit creamy and smooth.

How is it?

I have been loving cold brew lately (I have an infant, so give me all of the caffeine!), and I like that Starbucks has been introducing honey into other new beverages. But this one, literally and figuratively, fell flat for me. The Nitro Cold Brew itself is standard Starbucks – I did enjoy the smooth taste – but it lost its nitro-ness quicker than I was prepared to drink the beverage.

Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam Top

And let’s talk about the Cold Foam. I was pleased with the toasted honey topping – it had a nice sugary crunch – but the foam itself had no trace of honey flavor. It also dissolved into the drink rather fast, leaving me with about 3/4 of a cup of what looked like just plain cold brew.

I think Starbucks does cold brew beverages better when there is something IN the drink, a la Vanilla Sweet Cream or another syrup. The Cold Foam on top can really be a hit or miss.

Is there anything else you need to know?

If you mobile order your Starbucks drink (because if you wait in the drive-thru line, you’re coffee-ing wrong), they’ll wait until you arrive to pour the Nitro Cold Brew, which is a nice touch, to maximize the nitrogen in there.


A decent drink, but not memorable. Glad I tried, but wouldn’t order again.

Purchased Price: $4.95
Size: Grande
Purchased at: Starbucks
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 40 calories, 0 grams of total fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 240 milligrams of sodium, 7 grams of total carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 7 grams of total sugars, 2 grams of protein and 275 milligrams of caffeine.

5 thoughts to “REVIEW: Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam”

  1. Honey syrup would been nice incorporating into the foam. They should had done a honeycomb frapp with actual honeycomb candies.

  2. I’ve had this twice, at two different Starbucks. They were VASTLY different. The first looked layer and tasted very salty, sweet. I got a delicious blob of foamy syrup at the very end . Loving it, I order a repeat, a day later, at a different starbucks. Just a hint of flavor, then as you say, just regular cold brew. I’m very sad, because this was going to be MY DRINK, for the rest of the year!

  3. In general the cold foam seems to be one of the most inconsistent products that Starbucks offers. I am a big fan of the salted cream cold foam (when it’s made properly!) so I was looking forward to this but I didn’t like it at all. I did get a hint of honey flavor in the cream but it made the whole drink taste weirdly alcoholic. Like your experience, it dissolved VERY quickly and left me with a drink that tasted like… cold brew. So, this is a pass for me.

    1. Probably the worst tasting cup of coffee I’ve ever had. Strange taste, almost like black strap molasses added!

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