For a limited time in a limited location, Starbucks is testing out a new coffee, Pepper Nitro with a Jerky Twist. The beverage, sold at the Seattle Reserve Roastery, includes Congo coffee with a skewer of grass-fed beef jerky.
Raegan Powell from Starbucks R&D team helped to create the new beverage.
“Our inspiration was centered around the characteristics of the Congo coffee. The sweet and herbal spice notes naturally paired well with savory ingredients,” Powell said.
Pepper Nitro with a Jerky Twist takes freshly ground Congo coffee, slow-steeped as cold brew and served on draft through a nitro tap, then infused with a sweet and savory malted fennel black pepper syrup. The beverage is topped with a layer of honey cold foam and finished with a sprinkling of cracked pink peppercorn and a bamboo skewer of natural beef jerky made with grass-fed beef.
“With the first sip, you get a hint of the honey cold foam and the aroma of the pink ground peppercorn. The real surprise is the salty savoriness of the jerky garnish, an exciting complement to the smooth and sweet finish of the nitro cold brew experience,” she said.
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery has been a source of innovation and inspiration since it opened in 2014, from Affogato to Whiskey Barrel-Aged Cold Brew.
“We want to celebrate our passion for coffee, but also create the unexpected with flavors that we know Roastery customers love,” she said.