Starbucks Is About To Start Serving Ice Cream

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By Cooking Panda

This news has us seriously craving some summertime weather.

Most people who enjoy Starbucks typically rely on the chain for its different coffee and tea options, or a snack.

Now, however, customers can look forward to a new cool offering from Starbucks: ice cream. More than 100 Starbucks stores across the U.S. are gearing up to begin serving a classic Italian treat known as “affogatos.”

According to Business Insider, the coffee chain’s new Roastery Affogato menu is all slated to launch. Affogatos are created by pouring a steaming hot shot of espresso on top of a scoop of deliciously cold ice cream, resulting in a treat that is luxurious and ultra creamy.

Ten upscale Reserve bar locations in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Boston are all set to begin serving the new Roastery Affogato menus, with options ranging from the $6 Classic Affogato all the way to the $8.50 Cold Brew Malt, which is made with small-lot cold brew, chocolate bitters and classic vanilla ice cream.

Sounds yummy!

If shelling out more than $7 for a caffeine-laden ice cream treat seems a little too pricey, Starbucks has your back: The chain is going to test a somewhat less expensive affogato menu at 100 different traditional Starbucks locations in California.

Our guess is that if those affogatos, which won’t be made with small-lot coffee, turn out to be a hit with customers, the chain might consider rolling out the affogatos nationwide in the future, which has us very excited.

What do you think? Are you eager to try one of Starbucks’ new Italian-American drink-dessert hybrids? Or will you be sticking to your classic order and going to the local ice cream parlor to get your frozen dessert?

Source: Business Insider / Photo Credit: Starbucks Roastery/Instagram

Tags: affogato, coffee, coffee chain, Starbucks, starbucks roastery
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Treat Yo Self: Affogato-Style Frappuccinos Are Now Available At Starbucks

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By Cooking Panda

Picture yourself in the summer — in Italy — finishing up a fresh, light dinner with the sun still out but slowly sinking. To cap off the meal, and give yourself that extra boost of energy to continue your night, you do as the Italians do: order a gelato affogato (a scoop of creamy gelato drowned in an espresso shot).

Sound good? Starbucks seems to think so — and the coffee giant wants to bring the affogato experience stateside and up, because starting July 7, customers at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada will be able to order Affogato-style Frappuccinos.

“We start with a shot of our smooth signature Espresso Roast known for its rich flavor and caramelly sweetness,” said Ryan Coombes from the Starbucks beverage development team. “When you pour the espresso over the Frappuccino, it creates a beautiful marbling finish.”

Apparently, when the barista pours the shot of espresso over the finished frap, the hot espresso combines with the cool base, creating creamy, sweet pockets of coffee throughout the beverage.

The Affogato-style Frappuccinos are available in three classic flavors: Vanilla Bean, Caramel, and Mocha, although the press release reminds us all that technically, any frappuccino can be affogato’d — you just have to ask.

Check out the photos of your new summer indulgence below:

Vanilla Bean

Caramel

Mocha

Source: Starbucks / Photo credits: Starbucks, Starbucks Coffee/Instagram

Tags: affogato, espresso, frappuccino, gelato, Starbucks
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