Starbucks Adds Nitro Cold Brew Coffee To The Menu

Nitrogen-brewed coffee comes to Starbucks this summer to caffeinate you and cool you down at the same time. The coffee chain announced the addition of nitro cold brew coffee kegs to 500 stores in major cities like Portland, Seattle, New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco this summer. Nitro coffee is infused with nitrogen, chemical element number 7.

According to Starbucks, iced coffee consumption has increased 75 percent in the past decade, and nearly 340 percent in the past five years, which is why the chain is capitalizing on the trend.[slideshow:

Nitro coffee has already been introduced at a number of smaller coffee chains and cafes including Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Caribou Coffee.

The nitro coffee can be best described as akin to a stout beer: a deep, rich color with a white foamy head on top, poured out of a keg. The taste is like a blended iced coffee with no need for ice or sweetener added to it.

A grande nitro cold brew coffee will range in price from $3.25 to $3.95, depending on the market, according to CNBC.