Starbucks Cold Foam Drinks and Ordering Tips


Often times we top our favorite Starbucks cold drinks with whipped cream but do you know that you can swap the whipped cream with cold foam?

The cold foam has been on the Starbucks main menu under the toppings option since 2018 and is available in different flavors. It’s important to emphasize that cold foam in itself is not a drink as it is an enhancement or topping to your Starbucks drink in a similar manner to whipped cream.

Read through our thorough discussion about the Starbucks cold foam drinks and the different types of cold foam available at Starbucks. We also look at the common mistakes that people make when ordering cold foam drinks and the steps when ordering cold foam on the Starbucks app.

Starbucks cold foam drinks
A cold drink topped with cold foam

What is Cold Foam

The regular Starbucks cold foam is a stiff foam made by frothing cold nonfat (skim) milk in a special blender. It is sweetened with two pumps of vanilla per serving but you can also request plain (unsweetened) cold foam. Starbucks also makes creamy cold foam by aerating a mixture of heavy cream, milk, and sweeteners such as pumpkin spice sauce and vanilla.

Jump to the types of cold foam here.

The cold foam makes a fantastic creamy topping for cold coffee drinks and non-coffee drinks such as iced tea lattes.

Nonfat milk makes the best cold foam as it has a higher proportion of proteins as compared to full fat and two-percent milk.

Generally, you can add cold foam to any cold drink at Starbucks whether it’s your iced coffee, cold brew, or a frappuccino. Although you can use any type of cold foam in your choice of cold drink, some cold foam flavors pair much better with different cold drinks.

Let’s look at 13 cold foam drinks at Starbucks.

1. Iced Americano with Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Try the iced Americano tall cup with two pumps of hazelnut syrup and one pump of toffee nut syrup and topped with vanilla sweet cream cold foam and your iced Americano will never be the same again.

Iced Americano is much bolder than the regular iced coffee. Iced Americano with cold foam contains espresso, cold water, ice cubes, and cold foam topping.

You can use your choice of cold foam but we recommend starting with the vanilla sweet cream cold foam before trying out the other cold foam flavors. Add hazelnut and toffee nut syrups to the coffee for a delicious spin.

2. Iced Salted Caramel Mocha with Cold Foam

This is the regular iced salted caramel mocha without the whipped cream and instead, it is topped with salted caramel cream cold foam.

This drink uses two seasonal ingredients: toffee nut syrup in the coffee and sea salt topping so be sure to check whether they are available at the Starbucks store before ordering.

cold brew with Cinnamon almond milk foam

3. Iced Mocha with Raspberry Cold Foam

Raspberry has traditionally paired perfectly with chocolate so swapping the default whipped cream with raspberry cold foam on an iced mocha is a sure way to elevate the treat. You can also add some raspberry syrup to the iced mocha for more raspberry flavors.

4. Pink Drink with Unsweetened Cold Foam

Personally, I am not for cold foam in refreshers as fruit drinks and milk products don’t belong together. However, for pink drink lovers, topping with regular cold foam without vanilla adds a deliciously creamy twist to the drink without overly adding calories.

For a bigger strawberry flavor, add strawberry puree to the cold foam at an extra charge.

Some people prefer topping the pink drink with vanilla sweet cream cold foam which adds a lot of sugar to the drink. You may want to stick to the Grande size and below when ordering a pink drink with vanilla sweet cream cold foam to avoid an unhealthy amount of calories.

5. Toffee Nut Iced Coffee with Regular Cold Foam

Since toffee nut is a holiday flavor that is replenished during the festive season, toffee nut iced coffee with vanilla cold foam is a delectable holiday drink option that is unknown to most patrons.

Iced coffee is sweetened with a combination of vanilla and toffee nut syrup and topped with vanilla cold foam.

6. Iced Vanilla Latte with Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

To avoid an oversweetened drink, you may want to reduce the number of pumps of vanilla syrup in the base drink. You can swap vanilla sweet cream cold foam with the seasonal cold foams when they are available.

7. Iced London Fog Tea Latte with Irish Cream Cold Foam

London fog tea latte is popular in some regions and nearly unheard of in others. So depending on your region, you can get an amazing drink or be met with awkward stares, especially from the newer baristas, when you order the iced London fog tea latte with Irish cream cold foam.

New hires are seldom trained on how to make it but the ingredients should be available at the store.

When making an iced London fog tea latte, the barista steeps early grey tea bags in hot water for five minutes to brew the tea. The brewed tea is shaken with ice, milk, and vanilla and topped with Irish cream cold foam.

One of the challenges when ordering Long fog tea latte is that since most baristas don’t know how to make it you are likely to get inconsistent service from different baristas. Some may not steep the tea correctly especially when ordering at a drive-through and you are likely to be served a weak and watery drink.

8. Iced White Mocha with Cold Foam and Caramel Drizzle

Most baristas hate making this drink as its preparation is arduous so you may want to order it when the store is not busy. Also, it is a high-calorie drink that is fairly expensive at over $7 for a Venti.

It was popularized through TikTok but most people are oblivious of the high amount of sweeteners in the drink.

If you are a sweet tooth with a craving for the iced white mocha with cold foam and caramel drizzle, you may want to consider asking for fewer pumps of the white chocolate sauce. You can also ask for regular cold foam without vanilla.

Bear in mind that the drink takes more time to make than the menu drinks so avoid ordering it when you are pressed for time. Also, get your order right to save the baristas from making you a new drink which can disrupt the service to other customers.

9. Irish Cream Cold Brew

This is Starbucks cold brew coffee that is sweetened with Irish cream syrup and topped with Irish cream cold foam and cocoa sprinkles.

Insist that you want the Irish cream syrup in the cold foam to savor the vanilla and cocoa notes of Irish cream as some stores top the drink with vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

10. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew

This is a regular cold brew sweetened with caramel sauce and topped with salted sweet cream cold foam.

11. Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Regular cold brew is sweetened with vanilla and a delicious topping of pumpkin cream cold foam is added. Sprinkles of ground pumpkin spices give the drink an unforgettable savory finish.

Read a detailed guide to the pumpkin cream cold crew and other pumpkin drinks.

12. Nitro Cold Brew with Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

This is a vanilla-sweetened cold brew topped with pumpkin cream cold foam and pumpkin spice dust. It is a rich holiday drink that you should try.

13. Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew

Nitro cold brew is revered for its velvety smoothness and cascading appearance. Sweetening nitro cold brew with caramel and topping it with salted sweet cream cold foam creates a sweet and much smoother finish.

Types of Cold Foam at Starbucks

Starbucks has seven different flavors of the cold foam

  • Regular cold foam. Simply known as cold foam, it is a blended combination of nonfat milk and two pumps of vanilla syrup
  • Vanilla sweet cream cold foam. It is made from a blended combination of heavy cream, two-percent milk, and vanilla syrup.
  • Salted caramel cream cold foam. It is a blended mixture of vanilla sweet cream and salt. The foam is sprinkled with sea salt.
  • Irish cream cold foam. It combines Irish cream syrup and vanilla sweet cream before blending.
  • Raspberry cold foam is a mixture of raspberry syrup and vanilla sweet cream which is aerated to a cold froth.
  • Pumpkin cream cold foam. Vanilla sweet cream is blended with pumpkin spice sauce to make pumkin cream cold foam. A topping of pumpkin spices is sprinkled on the foam.
  • Cascara cold foam. Starbucks discontinued cascara syrup so cascara cold foam is no longer available in its original formulation that involved blending nonfat milk with cascara syrup in a special blender.

Starbucks also discontinued all the non-dairy milk cold foams such as the dark cocoa almond milk foam due to poor sales.

6 Mistakes that Most People Make When Ordering Cold Foam Drinks

1. Not Specifying the Type of Cold Foam

The best way to order a drink with cold foam is by specifying the type of foam that you want as there are at least seven types of cold foams at Starbucks. You can always seek the barista’s help if you are not certain about the cold foam that will pair properly with the cold drink.

2. Ordering Cold Foam on Hot Coffee

Although it’s doable, cold foam on a hot drink is not the best way to enjoy your drink, especially when you are a sucker for steaming hot drinks, as the foam is likely to melt into the drink and lower the drink’s temperature.

You will not have enough time to enjoy the drink before it melts.

In fact, Starbucks discourages its staff from adding cold foam to hot drinks to avoid these problems.

3. Ordering Frappuccinos with Cold Foam

Cold foam does not pair well with thick drinks such as milkshakes and frappuccinos. You also appreciate the rich flavors when you drink a cold foam drink without a straw which is nearly impossible with frappuccinos.

4. Cold Foam in Refreshers

Although you can pull off adding cold foam in a few refreshers such as the pink drink, some refreshers are highly acidic from fruit acids that can cause the cold foam to cuddle.

5. Ordering Cold Foam and Whipped Cream on the Same Drink

Cold foam and whipped cream should not go together in the same drink unless the whipped cream is added to the base of the cup and even then you would be pushing the caloric levels too high.

Adding cold foam as a topping precludes adding whipped cream and vice versa.

How to Order Cold Foam on the Starbucks App

Here are the steps to follow when ordering cold foam on the Starbucks app

  • Open the app and select the menu tab
  • Select cold coffees or cold drinks if you want a refresher
  • Select you choice of cold coffee or refresher
  • Under the customizations, tap the toppings tab to open the different options available
  • Scroll down to the cold foam options and select a cold foam of your choice
  • Tap the “Done” button to close the toppings drop down menu
  • Add your choice of sweeteners and then tap the “add to order” button
  • Choose a store that is near your area and place your order.
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Patrick is first a coffee lover and then a trained barista. His bucket list includes sky diving and sipping on Java in the Himalayas.

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