Starbucks Introduces Colorful Coconut Milk Drinks and Salted Honey Cold Foam Topping
Pineapple meets matcha, ginger, and turmeric in a pair of vegan-friendly iced beverages.
If it already feels like spring is in the air, you're not alone. Today, Starbucks is launching a trio of new spring beverages in stores (all iced, of course). And just as the warming weather brings out green leaves and yellow daffodils, a pair of the coffee chain's new drinks are just as colorful.
Featuring a base of vegan-friendly coconut milk, the Iced Pineapple Matcha and Iced Golden Ginger are popping at locations nationwide beginning today. Here are the descriptions, courtesy of Starbucks:
- Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink: Our premium matcha green tea shaken with flavors of pineapple and ginger along with coconut milk and ice for a delicious beverage to uplift your day.
- Iced Golden Ginger Drink: The Iced Golden Ginger Drink features ginger, pineapple and turmeric flavors, shaken with coconut milk and ice.
While the matcha drink is caffeinated, the ginger one is not, and neither contains coffee. So, if you're looking for a bolder coffee kick, Starbucks has you covered in the form of a new cold brew topping. Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam is a mouthful to say, but it's also delivering on two of the brand's investments in chilled coffee options: Nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee (now available in stores nationwide) and a whipped cold foam that gives even iced cappuccinos the requisite fluffy top layer. The latter, in this case, is flavored with a sweet and slightly savory mix of honey and salt.
Again, here's the description provided by Starbucks:
- Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam: Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew topped with salted honey cold foam and a strike of toasted honey.
And speaking of Nitro Cold Brew, Starbuck has added a canned version of that product to its ready-to-drink line available in stores starting this week. The cans include a gadget that releases the nitrogen into the coffee the moment you crack it open. I tried the canned Nitro Cold Brew and found the result to be a smooth, rich drinking experience for a canned coffee. But be warned that due to the nitrogen gas (and release gadget) included in the 12-ounce can, once opened, the container only appears to be about three-quarters full (actually 9.6 ounces, a Starbucks representative confirmed to me). Three varieties—Black (unsweetened), Dark Caramel, and Vanilla Sweet Cream—are available nationwide.