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Cool off this summer with a FREE drink!

Tomorrow, August 2nd, head into your local Starbucks where they will be offering a FREE Nitro Cold Brew Shot from 6AM-7PM PDT only. This freebie will only be available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. while supplies last, limit of one per customer.

Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew is created by slow steeping signature Cold Brew Coffee for 20 hours with nitrogen as it pours from the tap. This Nitrogen infusion creates microbubbles and gives the coffee a cascading, frothy texture with a subtly sweet flavor and a rich, creamy head of foam.

Starbucks Nitro Shot

Grab more freebies with Starbucks Rewards!

Starbucks Rewards Members now earn 2 stars for every $1 spent using a registered gift card or the Starbucks app; you can then redeem your points at different levels for various items!

Redeem 25 Stars – Add an extra shot, flavor, or soy milk to your drink for free (up to $1 off beverage price)
Redeem 50 Stars – Get any size hot brewed coffee, hot tea, or bakery item for free
Redeem 150 Stars – Get any handcrafted beverage, parfait or breakfast item for free
Redeem 200 Stars – Get a lunch sandwich, salad or protein box for free
Redeem 400 Stars – Get packaged coffee or a single merchandise item for free (up to $20 value)

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  1. Iris

    Where can find out which store are participating?

    • Patty

      Good question. I went to a stand alone Starbucks the other day to redeem my birthday reward and they said they couldn’t help me because they weren’t a corporate store. What???

        • Patty

          It was so strange. I dont know what a “corporate store” is compared to a regular store. I was under the impression that if it was a stand alone store, you are pretty much safe that they participate in every single Starbucks promotion.

      • Mommyof71987

        Starbucks does not franchise their location. I would call corporate. That seems really odd to me that you would be told that. The only things would be different is that they can franchise Starbucks out like they do for Barnes and Noble. That being said a stand alone store is always a corporate store. I would call corporate and ask about your store. Something isn’t right there.

        https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/311377

        https://www.starbucks.ca/customer-service/faqs/business

      • Erin

        I had the same issue. Certain stores dodn’t have the “button” for the birthday drink. 🙄

        • Daniela

          This usually happens at locations inside Stop & Shop or rest stop areas.

      • Cristine

        I was told that at one that was inside a Target once.

      • lily

        I never had an issue at my local Starbucks with redeeming reward items via app, including birthday item. Then, the last game they had, I won several items and went in to redeem it and they told me they were not a participating store in the promotional items, including the birthday one. I did contact headquarters via online and was given a generic response saying not all store participate in them. I used to put a lot of effort in to maintain my star level…now I just use a different local coffee shop. Might as well support a local business!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Maybe call in to your location before heading out to be sure! Hope that helps!

  2. Patty

    Anyone know if I can order on my app and still get to try it for free?

  3. Cor

    I called my Starbucks and they told me it was just a sample. Kind if disappointed…

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback, Cor! I’m wondering if it may vary by location. Did they tell you the size of the sample?

      • Janelle

        It says shot so I think it’s just a small pour if the drink. I don’t think it’s a full size drink at any of the locations.

        • Charlene

          This exactly, it’s literally a shot glass size cup of the nitro cold brew to try it. They will do this any day, it just advertised this time.

          • Corie

            Great to know! – thank you

    • Laura

      Yes, the post states “shot”

      • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

        We’ve updated the top pic to show the shot, Laura.

        • Laura

          Oh Jennifer / this wasn’t on you or the post. It was for those confused by the post, thinking they were getting perhaps a tall. And not reading the post.

          • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

            You are sweet, Laura! Others were confused, so we changed the picture to make it more clear. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Mike

    Please keep in mind, it’s not a full-size beverage. It’s a sample size cup of a shot of nitro infused cold brew. The picture shown is very misleading.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much, Mike! I’ve updated the top picture with a “shot” from Starbucks! 🙂

  5. Shannon

    I tried to redeem my stars for a breakfast sandwich at the Starbucks inside my target. The barista told me since their registers are hooked up to target’s system, they can only redeem stars for drinks. Not sure if all target Starbucks are like that, but it was news to me!

    • Laura

      At my Target Starbucks she couldn’t get their system to work for me to redeem stars. I went over to a stand alone and it worked fine. So sick of Starbucks machines not all connected to the same system

  6. Daniela

    Off topic, if you signed up for the Farneth v. Walmart settlement, you should receive your gift card today. I got one in my spam for $125. The settlement was in regards to Walmart not applying taxes correctly on free items or something like that.

  7. Susan

    Got my sample and didn’t find it all that special. I don’t know what I was expecting. Maybe I just don’t love coffee enough.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh Darn! Stetson (HipSidekick) thought it was pretty smooth!

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