While Dunkin’ is already preparing for pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is adding two refreshing green drinks to its permanent menu.

By Adam Campbell-Schmitt
August 18, 2020
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2020 may seem like simultaneously the longest and shortest year ever as we grapple with the fact that it’s only August and yet it’s already August. It feels like summer just got started, and yet fall is just around the corner: Look no further than rumors that Starbucks is already planning its Pumpkin Spice Latte launch later this month. But just because we’re a couple of weeks away from downing piping hot, pie-like lattes (or days away if you prefer Dunkin'), it doesn’t mean Starbucks doesn’t have time to squeeze in a pair of drinks with a pure summer vibe — and no gourds anywhere to be seen.

Starbucks new Kiwi Starfruit Frefresher
| Credit: Starbucks

Starting today, the coffee chain is adding two coffee-less drinks to its permanent menu — a Kiwi Starfruit Refresher and something called the Star Drink. And despite their green color, they don’t contain any matcha tea either. Here’s what’s in each new beverage:

Kiwi Starfruit Starbucks Refresher: This verdant drink (pictured above) is a combination of starfruit-flavored juice, pieces of real kiwi, and ice. While not a coffee or tea drink, it does contain around 50mg of caffeine — equivalent to about half a cup of regular coffee — as does the rest of the Refreshers lineup.

Starbucks news Star Drink.
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Star Drink: Take the Kiwi Starfruit Refresher above and add coconut milk. Yes, admittedly, it’s teetering on the edge of not quite being a different drink, but the non-dairy offering joins the Pink Drink, Violet Drink, and Dragon Drink on Starbucks’ increasingly multihued menu.

If you’ve already been seeing these bright green beverages on your Instagram timeline, that’s probably because they both debuted in Canada about a month ago before making their way to the States.

But if you are ready to make the leap into autumn, you don’t have too long to wait. One Starbucks location indicated that the Pumpkin Spice Latte will be making its return to stores on August 28, which, surprisingly, isn’t the earliest release date we’ve ever seen. That would be August 27 just last year.