Starbucks Tests Cold Brew in Some Boston Area Locations

In this Saturday, May 31, 2014 photo, the Starbucks logo is seen at one of the company's coffee shops in downtown Chicago. Starbucks is announcing a new program to help its baristas earn an online degree. The company is partnering with Arizona State University to make the program available to 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week. They will be able to choose from a number of educational programs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Starbucks is finally jumping on the cold brew coffee train. An unofficial Starbucks blog named Starbucks Melody first reported a sighting yesterday, writing:

It’s a very small test in one district (in the Boston area) and the test is only slated to run for a few weeks. Partners are brewing core Ethiopia in a Toddy-system for cold brewing coffee. When it runs out for the day, they put stickers on the in-store signage saying that it’s out for the day.

Cold brew coffee is a time intensive, but labor light method that typically requires a 24-hour steep period, which may explain the “while supplies last” offering. During the process, coffee grounds are soaked for extended periods of time in cold water, resulting in low-acid, naturally sweeter brew. Some Starbucks locations currently sell the Toddy Cold Brew System, but whether or not stores will use the equipment to make the brew in-house is up for debate.

A commenter on the blog notes the iced coffee is currently available at the Cleveland Circle, which we confirmed this afternoon by phone. We’ve reached out to Starbucks PR for additional Boston area locations that will be part of the test market and will keep you posted.

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