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How Much Caffeine Is In a Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew Coffee? 2024 Breakdown

cropped barista making nitro cold brew coffee in the cafe

Nitro brewed coffees have been around for a bit now, but this coffee beverage didn’t find its true place in the coffee world until Starbucks introduced their own version known as the nitro cold brew. Since then, people find themselves grabbing a nitro-infused drink at their local Starbucks, or at the grocery store, thanks to Starbucks’ ready-to-drink version found there.

Like with any coffee drink on the market, many of those who love a good beverage may find themselves wondering how much caffeine is in Starbucks nitro cold brew? The answer is somewhat staggering. Starbucks’ beloved nitro drink has 280 mg of caffeine in one 16ounce cup. For some, this may be an extreme amount. For others, it may simply be the perfect way to start their day. Let’s take a deeper look at Starbucks nitro cold brew coffee and what the caffeine amount inside means for you.

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What Is Nitro Brewed Coffee?

When you step into a Starbucks coffee shop, one of the things you’ll notice is a keg of cold brew coffee at the counter. This one keg of Narino cold brew features two lines. One line provides those who stop by Starbucks for one of their famous cold brew coffees with a drink that will tickle their taste buds. It’s the other line, the one that infuses tiny nitrogen bubbles into the cold brew coffee that answers the needs of nitro cold brew coffee lovers around the world.

A Starbucks nitro cold brew coffee is a mixture of both light and dark colorings. What drives people wild, however, besides the taste, is the foamy top that is rich and looks a bit like beer from the tap. This frothy texture is keeping this drink one of the most beloved at most Starbucks locations. If you haven’t tried it, you definitely should.

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Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew’s Caffeine Content

As you would expect from a coffee drink called nitro, this one hits a bit differently. In one 16-ounce cup, better known as Starbucks’ grande size of black nitro cold brew, you’ll find 280 mg of caffeine. Like with many of Starbucks’ coffee drinks, you can personalize things up when it comes to the nitro cold brew. Adding cream or trying other varieties doesn’t only change the taste, but also the caffeine content. For example, when adding sweet cream, your grande nitro is only 265 mg of caffeine. If you’re curious about how much the caffeine content changed, take a look at the chart below to see the differences.

Here’s a peek at the variations in caffeine depending on how you tailor your cold brew at Starbucks.

Nitro Latte 155 mg per grande
Cold Foam Cascara Nitro 270 mg per grande
Salted Crème Nitro 270 mg per grande
Torched Vanilla Nitro 280 mg per grande
Nitro Freddo 285 mg per grande
Cold Foam Dark Mocha 290 mg per grande
Dark Mocha Nitro w/ Milk 295 mg per grande
Reserve Nitro Cold Brew 400 mg per grande

Here’s a look at how Starbucks nitro cold brew compares to other popular caffeinated drinks.

Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew 280 mg per 16-ounce cup
Black coffee 95 mg per 8-ounce cup
Tea 26 mg per 8-ounce cup
Coke 34 mg per 12-ounce can
Pepsi 37.5 mg per 12-ounce can
Red Bull 111 mg per 12-ounce can
nitro cold brew coffee in a clear glass on a keg coffee dispenser
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Is the Caffeine in Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew Safe?

With the caffeine amount in Starbucks nitro cold brew considered a bit on the extreme side, you may be wondering if it’s considered safe. According to the FDA, it is recommended that an adult should only drink 400 mg of caffeine per day. This can be a slippery slope to navigate, however, considering caffeine is present in many of the foods and drinks we consume each day. If you have more than one cold brew nitro, a piece of chocolate, and possibly a soda later in the day, your caffeine recommendation is easily exceeded.

One of the easiest ways to keep up with the caffeine amount you’re taking in each day is to check the packaging of foods and drinks you buy. Most companies list not only the ingredients, but the amounts of caffeine found inside their products. If you find yourself taking in large amounts of caffeine, keep your eyes open for possible caffeine sensitivity signs such as jitteriness, headaches, or even nausea.

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The velvety goodness of a Starbucks nitro cold brew could be the next coffee drink on your list of beverages to sample. If it is, be aware that in comparison to other caffeinated drinks, the 280 mg of caffeine found in a grande is a bit much. If you’re new to the jolt a nitro can give you, take it easy your first time. You’ll thank yourself for slowly indulging in such a great drink and keeping an eye on the amount of caffeine you have in the process.

See Also: How Much Caffeine in Chick-fil-A Iced Coffee? What to Know!

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Melissa Gunter

Melissa has been a fan of coffee since the first sip she stole from her Granny's cup when she was just a girl. Now, she spends each morning writing with a hot cup of coffee at her side. With a love of sweet and creamy bliss, Melissa and her daughter, Amber, stop by and try out every local coffee shop they see. Neither are afraid to try something new and have a long list of favorite coffee beverages they simply can't do without. When she's not freelance writing about her 2 passions, coffee, and pets, Melissa spends her time with her husband, 2 kids, and 5 fur babies. She also loves diving into the fiction world under her pen name, Rena Marin. If she isn't at the laptop or with the family, Melissa is out enjoying the mountains of East Tennessee she calls home.

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