How To Make Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream Like A Pro

How To Make Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream Like A Pro!

Last updated on October 26th, 2023 at 18:24

Sweet cream cold brew infused with nitrogen sounds like an amazing coffee, and it is – this article shows you how to make Starbucks nitro cold brew with sweet cream like a master barista.

Thankfully there is nothing difficult to make this stand out coffee, just patience, confidence in your skills and the right ingredients, and you can make a copycat coffee that replicates what is sold in the world’s most popular coffee shop.

Keep reading as we dig down and tell you how to make a copycat Starbucks nitro cold brew with sweet cream.

Sweet Cream Cold Brew Nitro – What Is It?

Starting at the very beginning, vanilla sweet cream nitro cold brew is a cold brew coffee that is infused with nitrogen gas bubbles which has the effect of adding a rich creamy layer of foam on top of your cold brew coffee and has a very rich smooth texture.

The texture is naturally smooth, rich and extra silky – something you will notice from your first mouthful. You’ll also notice that it is a little sweeter without adding sugar or anything to sweeten it up.

Nitro cold brew with vanilla sweet cream is simply nitrogen infused cold brew coffee with vanilla sweet cream added for what is in my opinion a rather delightful effect and amazing coffee.

Of course a nitrogen infused cold brew with sweet cream is the simple the same drink as above – a cold brew with nitrogen bubbles infused, and sweet cream added to it without the addition of vanilla to flavor the sweet cream.

Sweet Cream Cold Brew Nitro - What Is It
Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream

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How To Make Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream Like A Pro!

Your first step to making an amazing Starbucks copycat nitro cold brew with sweet cream in the comfort of your home is to focus on making the best possible cold brew coffee as a base for the rest of the recipe.

This is the critical part – get it right, and you will have world-class coffee to enjoy sipping away at.

Thankfully, this part Starbucks makes easy for us as they have readily available cold brew pitcher packs and ready-to-drink cold brew boxes available which will have you replicating Starbucks cold brew exactly like the coffee giants outlets.

How To Make Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream
Starbucks have Nitro Cold Brew On Tap

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Step 1: Make Your Cold Brew Base Drink

To replicate the cold brew served by Starbucks, use either their cold brew pitcher packs, add water and let it brew overnight for 20 hours like they do in their coffee shops.


you can buy the real deal ready-made and ready-to-drink 72 ounce (2.1 liters) boxes. Keep your cold brew fresh by storing it in your fridge – it is called cold brew for a reason and not “room temperature brew”.

Step 2: Make Your Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Sweet cream cold foam is easy to make. It requires only 3 ingredients, all of which are easy to find. Here is the recipe:

  • 4 parts of heavy cream.
  • 2 parts of 2% milk or non-fat milk.
  • 1 part of simple syrup.

The sweet cream can be mixed with a whisk, spoon or in a blender for nice thick foam that will sit on top of your coffee and slowly drizzle down. Blend for about 40 to 45 seconds. Most generic cold foams are made with non-fat milk. It is in my opinion that 2% milk produces better results.

For a true Starbucks copycat sweet cream, use non-fat milk.

Sweet Cream Cold Foam
Sweet Cream Cold Foam Topping

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Step 3: Infuse Your Cold Brew Coffee With Nitrogen

Infuse your Starbucks cold brew coffee with tiny micro bubbles of nitrogen gas by using a GrowlerWerks uKeg Nitrogen cold brew coffee maker to infuse your cold brew coffee with nitrogen.

Alternatives are the Royal Brew nitro cold brew maker. You can also use a professional whipped cream dispenser and the appropriate sized nitrogen cartridge – usually an 8 gram cartridge.

The results only differ slightly and, if you ask me, a whipped cream dispenser is more than good enough, but a more professional piece of equipment is worth your while if you are going to use it a lot and get your money’s worth out of it.

With a whipped cream dispenser (or a professional nitro cold brew coffee dispenser) fill the chamber to a maximum of only 75% to permit room for the nitrogen gas.

With a whipped cream dispenser, fill the chamber 75% full of your Starbucks cold brew coffee. Charge with a NO2 (Nitrous Oxide) cartridge and shake it for approximately 35 to 40 seconds.

Now let it sit there on a level surface until you feel the chamber becoming cold to touch. Hold your coffee glass, preferable a clear glass, hold it at an angle and pour slowly. Your nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee should pour like a pint of Guinness with a beautiful cascading effect.

Ukeg Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Ukeg Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker

 Step 4: Add Your Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Once your nitro cold brew coffee has settled slowly add your sweet cream cold foam on top. Pour slowly, so it sits there.

When the sweet cream cold foam sits there it not only looks beautiful it gives a two tier taste and texture as you enjoy a layered coffee.

Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream Caffeine Content

Nitro cold brew with sweet cream from Starbucks has 110 mg of caffeine per 9.6 ounce (280 ml) serving, which is an ample amount.

There is the same amount of caffeine in a nitro cold brew coffee as there is in a regular cold brew coffee. The fact that nitrogen has been added does not alter the caffeine content of the drink.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew Calories

A 16 ounce grande (480 ml) serving of Sweet cream nitro cold brew at Starbucks has only 70 calories. It has 5 grams of fat, 3.5 of which are saturated fats and no trans fat.

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Make Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream

Adding a pump of syrup or two is by far the easiest and best way to sweeten your Starbucks nitro cold brew coffee. Different types of syrup of coffee will add a flavor to your brew. One or two pumps of vanilla syrup, brown sugar syrup, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup or more exotic flavor can sweeten your nitro cold brew.

You can also use sugar or sugar alternatives like honey, stevia, agave, coconut sugar as well as dairy milk, almond milk or another sweet plant based milk.

A Starbucks nitro cold brew with sweet cream has only 4 grams of sugar in it and 70 calories. Nitrogen-infused cold brew is sweeter than regular coffee and is rich and creamy without the addition of sweet cream.

Starbucks nitro cold brew uses their signature cold brew coffee – which is slow steeped for 20 hours – and is infused with nitrogen as it is poured for the tap. The infusion of nitrogen creates tiny micro bubbles that result in a beautiful cascading effect when it is poured. The addition of nitrogen results in a sweet and rich frothy texture.

Starbucks uses a blend of African and Latin American coffee beans that are 100% Arabica beans for maximum flavor. The same beans are used in their cold brew pitcher packs. You can buy them online at Amazon and all well established online stores and at your nearest Starbucks outlet.

When you are served your nitro cold brew it is served cold and straight from the tap – and is very creamy with a cascading effect that is similar to a regular cold brew coffee with sweet cream but, nitro cold brew does not have sweet cream.

The rich creamy effect and velvet texture is due to nitrogen bubbles infusing with your coffee. You can, if you want to order your coffee, to have sweet cream or vanilla sweet cream cold foam added to it, which should float nicely on top of your nitrogen infused cold brew coffee.

Starbucks sweet cream cold foam is a tasty mix of heavy cream or heavy whipping cream, 2% milk and simple syrup. It is similar in flavor as whipped cream but is lighter and has a frothy texture.

The main difference between sweet cream and vanilla sweet cream is the addition of vanilla syrup.

Is The Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream Sweet?

If you want a sweeter and creamier nitro cold brew coffee, ask for a sweet cream topping as this will enhance the sweetness. On its own, without the vanilla sweet cream topping, Nitro cold brew is naturally creamy and sweet.

How Do They Make The Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew?

Starbucks nitro cold brew is made with their signature cold brew coffee that is then steeped for 20 hours. The coffee is then infused with nitrogen, which makes it sweeter and creamier and with a rich texture.

Final Thoughts – How To Make Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream

Now that you know how to make Starbucks nitro cold brew with sweet cream, all that is left is for you to get down to it and make the unique and outstanding and delicious coffee. 

There is no need for you to add any sweetener as this cup of coffee should be sweet enough as it is. If you must sweeten it up, add simple syrup as to not mask any flavor or texture of the coffee. Simple syrup will mix better and more evenly than solid sugar and sugar alternatives. 

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or, mentioning your name and location

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