Starbucks Unveils New Cold-Pressed Espresso

Starbucks Corporation announced the development of a new, patent-pending cold extraction process that produces a concentrated, smooth-tasting shot of cold-pressed espresso. The cold-pressed espresso shot serves as the foundation for a new suite of in-store menu options focused on cold espresso beverages. It debuted at Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, Washington, 12 September. Since opening in December 2014, the Seattle Roastery has served as a pipeline of innovation for Starbucks including the introduction of Nitro Cold Brew which is now available in more than 1,000 stores nationwide and 16 markets globally.

“From Cold Brew to Starbucks Draft, we have been building a cold coffee platform that not only appeals to our customers, but acknowledges that cold beverages are no longer just seasonal,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO. “This new technique, which produces a dense shot of cold-pressed espresso, is the next step in our cold coffee journey and the perfect ingredient to design a menu of cold espresso or coffee options. We believe the opportunities are limitless.”

Designed by Starbucks R&D team, the new Aqua Tamp Technology uses an ascending flow filtration system that is pressurized by cold water.  The inverted process allows for a precise release of flavour characteristics resulting in a dense concentration of cold espresso. In doing so, it allows the release of a sweeter coffee flavour and smooth finish to break through making the cold-pressed espresso extracted the ideal pairing to a variety of cold liquids, which enable it to retain the intensity of the espresso flavour.

This new breakthrough builds on the company’s ongoing investment in the category of iced beverages. During its 2016 Investor Conference, Starbucks noted that it expects to quadruple the cold brew business by 2021 and its overall cold beverage mix to move from over 35% in 2013 to nearly 50% by 2021. US iced coffee consumption has grown by 75% in the past decade and cold brew sales grew 338.9% between 2010 and 2015, according to industry experts.

The Seattle Roastery Cold-Pressed Espresso Menu will include:

  • Sparkling Cold-Pressed Americano: A shot of cold-pressed espresso poured over sparkling water, served on ice.
  • Cold-Pressed Americano Exploration Flight: A tasting flight featuring one Cold-Pressed Americano, one traditional Iced Americano, and one Sparkling Cold-Pressed Americano.
  • Cold-Pressed Ginger Fizz: Crisp, refreshing ginger ale infused with a shot of cold-pressed espresso, poured over barrel-aged vanilla syrup. Finished with grapefruit bitters.

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