Last updated on January 22nd, 2024 at 12:32
Learning how to make a salted caramel cream cold brew coffee at home is great not only for the money-saving bonus and the time it saves you from heading out to your local Starbucks.
It’s great because once you have truly mastered the recipe you can customize it to your heart’s content with ingredients that are not available at Starbucks!
But first, get the basics mastered with this great recipe! Keep reading for the details!
How To Make A Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Table Of Contents
- 1 How To Make A Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
- 2 Caramel Cold Brew Recipe
- 3 Salted Caramel Cream Recipe
- 4 Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Calories
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions About How To Make A Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
- 5.1 Is The Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Sweet?
- 5.2 Does Salted Caramel Cold Brew Have Vanilla?
- 5.3 What Does Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Taste Like?
- 5.4 What Does Starbucks Use To Make Their Cold Brew?
- 5.5 Why Is Starbucks Cold Brew So Sweet?
- 5.6 Why Is There Water In Starbucks Salted Caramel Cold Brew?
- 5.7 What Is In A Salted Caramel Cold Brew At Starbucks?
- 5.8 Does The Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Have Coffee?
- 6 Final Thoughts – How To Make A Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Making salted caramel cream cold brew coffee at home is easy with no difficult-to-find ingredients or any special equipment or skills needed.
If you are a big fan of Starbucks, you can replicate this drink exactly by using their Nariño 70 cold brew pitcher packs and their flavored syrups – you can get them from their outlets or online from Amazon, eBay, Target or Walmart.
You can use any coffee that you so wish, the better your beans, the better your coffee will be. Of course, there is no obligation to use Starbucks flavored syrups, as there are many high-quality syrups available, many of which are sugar-free.
This recipe is in two parts; the caramel cold brew and the tasty topping.
Let’s get to it.
Caramel Cold Brew Recipe
This part of the recipe, making your caramel cold brew coffee base, is easy, very easy.
All that is needed is coffee, bottled water or filtered water and caramel syrup to add the flavor.
It really is that easy.
Let’s get to the ingredients list!
Caramel Cold Brew Recipe Ingredients
As I mentioned above, the ingredients list for a caramel cold brew coffee involves very few ingredients, which are:
- 2x Starbucks Nariño 70 Cold Brew Pitcher Packs (to emulate Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee).
- 1,440 ml (48 Oz) Of Ice Cold Bottled Water Or Filtered Water.
- 30 ml (1 Oz, 2 Tablespoons) of Caramel Syrup (per 16 Oz of cold brew coffee served).
If you want to use an alternative coffee other than Starbucks Nariño 70 cold brew pitcher packs I highly recommend Stone Street cold brew coffee whole bean coffee. 180 grams for the same 48 Oz (1,440 ml) of coffee brewed will be needed.
Grind to a coarse and even grind size with a ceramic flat burr grinder.
Caramel Cold Brew Recipe Instructions
If you are using Starbucks Nariño 70 cold brew pitcher packs, add two of them to a glass airtight container with 48 Oz (1,440 ml) of ice-cold water and put your container in your fridge to extract for 24+ hours.
Taste test your cold brew coffee after 24 hours. If it is perfect and hits the spot for you, remove the pitcher packs.
Add two tablespoons of caramel syrup to the bottom of a glass and pour 16 Oz of your cold coffee over the top of it and mix well.
If you are using Stone Street Cold Brew whole bean coffee, weigh and grind 180 grams of whole bean coffee to a coarse, even grind size using a ceramic flat burr grinder.
Add your freshly ground coffee to a glass airtight container and add 48 Oz (1,440 ml) of cold water. Let it brew in your fridge for 24 hours.
When 24 hours have passed, run a taste test. If your cold coffee is hitting the spot and tasting great, filter out your coffee grounds using a metal mesh filter.
Failing to remove the coffee grounds will result in the coffee continuing to brew and your coffee eventually becoming over-extracted and too bitter to enjoy.
You can recycle your used coffee grounds by sprinkling them on your houseplants or garden to revitalize the soil.
Add two tablespoons of caramel syrup to the bottom of a glass and pour 16 Oz (480 ml) of your freshly brewed cold-brewed coffee.
Now it’s time to make the salted caramel cream topping. Thankfully this takes only minutes to make.
Salted Caramel Cream Recipe
This tasty topping is what a salted caramel cream cold brew coffee is all about.
It can be made in less than 5 minutes.
The better the ingredients that you use, the tastier and creamier your topping will be.
Salted Caramel Cream Ingredients
If you truly want to replicate Starbucks, you can use their vanilla syrup. If you live a sugar-free lifestyle like I do, you can opt for their sugar-free vanilla syrup.
There are many other brands of vanilla syrup that you can use, including exotic Madagascar vanilla syrup by Davinci Gourmet.
Here is what you will need:
- ⅔ Oz (20 ml) Heavy Cream.
- ⅔ Oz (20 ml) 2% Milk.
- ½ Oz (15 ml, 1 Tablespoon) Vanilla Syrup.
- A Pinch Of Sea Salt.
Let’s get making a tasty and delightful topping!
Salted Caramel Cream Instructions
Add all of your ingredients, yoru vanilla syrup, a dash of sea salt and your dairy products to a tall glass and mix well with a long spoon.
Insert your electric handheld milk frother into the bottom of your tall glass and froth for one minute while paying attention to moving your milk froth through your milk evenly from top to bottom.
When your solution has doubled in volume, it is ready to use.
Pour it over the back of a tablespoon to diffuse the pour and pour it onto your caramel cold brew coffee.
If you don’t have an electric milk frother you can use your French press.
Add your ingredients to your French press and mix well. Then pump the plunger of your French press for 60 seconds or until it doubles in volume.
When it is ready, pour over the back of a tablespoon and into your caramel cold brew coffee.
You can also use your blender. Add your ingredients to your blender and blend for 1 minute at a high speed.
When it is ready and has the desired consistency, add it to your caramel cold brew coffee.
Another method is to add all your ingredients, the 2% milk, heavy cream, dash of sea salt and vanilla syrup to a mason jar or cocktail shaker and shake with great vigor and energy for approximately 60 seconds.
Pour into your caramel cold brew coffee and enjoy.
Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Calories
The amount of calories that are in a salted caramel cream cold brew coffee is as follows:
- Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 190 Calories.
- Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 240 Calories.
- Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 270 Calories.
- Trenta 30 Oz (900 ml): 300 Calories.
This is how many calories are in a Starbucks salted caramel cream cold brew coffee, which should give you a good benchmark for your homemade version.
Frequently Asked Questions About How To Make A Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Is The Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Sweet?
Yes, Starbucks salted caramel cream cold brew coffee is sweetened with vanilla syrup and a salted caramel cream foam which makes the drink savory and sweet.
The cold brew coffee base is brewed at low temperature and for a long time, which produces a balanced and well-rounded taste with no bitter notes, which means when the vanilla syrup is added it doesn’t need to overcome the bitterness that other coffee drinks have.
Does Salted Caramel Cold Brew Have Vanilla?
Yes, the salted caramel cream cold foam topping is sweetened and flavored with vanilla syrup as well as caramel.
What Does Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Taste Like?
Starbucks Salted caramel cream cold brew has a smooth and balanced coffee base with a topping that has hints of vanilla and caramel with light salty notes.
What Does Starbucks Use To Make Their Cold Brew?
Starbucks makes their cold brew coffee with a blend of beans from East Africa and Nariño, a coffee producing region in Colombia.
Why Is Starbucks Cold Brew So Sweet?
Starbucks cold brew tastes sweet due to the fact that cold brew coffee on its own doesn’t have any bitter notes.
The brewing technique uses time and not heat to extract the flavors from the coffee grounds, which results in a very well-balanced coffee that is not bitter. The natural sugars are extracted, resulting in a coffee that is slightly sweet.
Why Is There Water In Starbucks Salted Caramel Cold Brew?
The cold brew at Starbucks is made as a concentrate; water is required to dilute it. If it is not diluted, it is a very strong coffee, perhaps, too strong.
You can request that your cold brew coffee is not diluted.
What Is In A Salted Caramel Cold Brew At Starbucks?
A Salted caramel cold brew coffee at Starbucks is made with their signature Starbucks Nariño 70 Cold Brew coffee blend, 2% milk, heavy cream, vanilla syrup and caramel syrup. A dash of sea salt is used to tone down the sweetness.
It’s a great cold coffee drink to enjoy on a hot day.
Does The Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Have Coffee?
Salted caramel cream cold brew coffee is made with their Nariño 70 Cold Brew blend which contains 70% coffee beans from Nariño, Colombia with the remaining 30% from an undisclosed East African blend of coffee beans.
The coffee is intentionally brewed at a low temperature to extract the low temperature compounds to produce a coffee that is velvet smooth, rich and well-balanced with a low acidity and no bitterness.
Final Thoughts – How To Make A Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Now that you have learned how to make a salted caramel cream cold brew coffee, my only questions are:
What beans did you use and did you customize your drink in a special way?
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