Starbucks Is Putting Coffee Ice Cubes In Its Drinks!


By Cooking Panda

Have you ever watched your barista make a cold drink at Starbucks and marveled at just how much ice is in that thing? Hardly any coffee!

For the price you pay, it’s disheartening to see a cup full of ice. As a Cold Brew fanatic, I usually ask for light ice to avoid getting my coffee too watered down.

I want to get more of a bang for my Starbucks buck, but I’m torn. I’d love my vanilla sweet cream Cold Brew to be as cold as possible. At the same time, I don’t want to end up with a cup of coffee-flavored cold water. 

For everyone who can relate, our day has finally come. Starbucks is now using coffee ice! Gone are the days of chugging iced coffee while you can still taste the caffeine. Well, for a few…

Before you get too excited, Starbucks is only testing it for a limited time at 100 stores in Baltimore and St. Louis, according to Cosmopolitan. However, if the feature is popular, it may be added to their permanent menu.

The ice is made of Starbucks coffee, and can be added to any iced coffee drink for 80 cents, a Starbucks spokesperson told Cosmopolitan. Worth it? Probably.

Starbucks has really been going all out with these new creations. First the color-changing Unicorn Frappuccino, then the Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino, now this …

“We often test new products, programs, and ideas to gather feedback from our customers and partners,” said the spokesperson.

I’m really hoping our friends out in Baltimore and St. Louis respond positively to the coffee ice. Every Starbucks lover around the country deserves to have it on the permanent menu.

But, if you really can’t wait, you can always make your coffee ice at home the good ol’ fashioned way. Just fill an ice tray with freshly brewed coffee; you can even add a little cream or milk, for that extra sweetness. 

Delicious, simple and definitely cheaper than Starbucks.

Sources: Cosmopolitan, CNBC / Photo Credit: Marco Arment/Flickr

Tags: coffee ice, iced coffee, limited time, Starbucks
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Your Favorite Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Is Getting Bottled (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

We’ve got good news for Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee lovers who are also always on the go (we know there are legions of you).

Dunkin’ Donuts must be feeling extra generous given the season (Valentine’s Day is almost upon us), as the popular coffee and donut chain has just announced that its Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee is now available in bottles at thousands of retailers and participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Yum, yum, yum!

DD partnered up with the Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners to make sure that its new bottles drinks would be on the shelves in a whole slew of locations, from your local convenience store to your supermarket, so you’ll never have to travel far to get yourself your favorite icy brew.

As for the four flavors available, you’ll have your pick between Mocha, French Vanilla, Original and Espresso, which pretty much covers all of your bases.

All of the bottled beverages are made with Dunkin’ Donuts signature arabica coffee blends, as well as real milk and sugar. Just keep in mind that they’re not necessarily the most healthful choice you can make if you need a caffeine boost. Each bottle contains a heaping 45 grams of sugar, which means that while they taste great, you might want to enjoy these sparingly, rather than every single day.

What do you think? Are you excited for the new DD bottled Iced Coffee line?

Source: Dunkin' Donuts / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts

Tags: bottled coffee, Coca-Cola, Dunkin' Donuts, iced coffee, Mocha
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Starbucks New Holiday Drink Is Completely Different


By Cooking Panda

Starbucks is well known for changing its menu seasonally, providing us with fall flavors in the fall, fun festive flavors in the winter and fruity iced teas in the spring and summer.

This year they’ve added a twist to their usual fall and winter lineup, however, with a cold seasonal drink for the winter season. According to a Starbucks press release, the new cold beverage, called the Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew is slow-steeped for 20 hours, then spiced with cinnamon, anise, nutmeg and vanilla before being doused with a float of house-made sweet cream. Not only does that sound delicious, but it sounds festive as well, even being cold.

“We know our customers are looking for even more options in cold coffee,” said Yoke Wong from Starbucks’ beverage development team. “Although we’ve offered iced and blended versions of our holiday espresso beverages before, this is our first time creating a cold coffee holiday beverage.”

Not only will those who live in warmer climates like Texas and Florida appreciate this new cold brew, but there are plenty of us who prefer iced coffee year-round too, and we’ll be thrilled for this new menu addition. The drink is available starting Nov. 3 for Starbucks Rewards members, and then the rest of the United States and Canada can begin ordering the drink later in November.

If you want to enjoy your cooler months with a festive hot beverage, you’re clearly not alone, since most of the Starbucks favorites are returning. You don’t have to sip on the Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew to enjoy a taste of fall and winter spices.

According to Delish, the Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Latte and Peppermint Mocha are all returning. If you can’t find anything you like from all of these options, then maybe fall and winter are just not your cup of tea (or coffee). And don’t forget, you can get all of these in a cold variety as well!

Keep an eye out at your local Starbucks for these fun festive flavors, and also the returning red cups!

Sources: Starbucks, Delish / Photo credit: Starbucks/Instagram

Tags: cold brew, fall drinks, iced coffee, Starbucks
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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Getting Into The Bottled Coffee Game And Looking To Beat Starbucks


By Cooking Panda

It has finally been revealed that Dunkin Donuts will be offering bottled coffee-to-go drinks that were, until now, exclusive to the Starbucks brand.

Remember when we told you that Coca-Cola was considering expansion into the bottled coffee market due to drops in soda sales? Well, now we know how they’re planning it. Fortune reports that the soda giant is going to team up with Dunkin’ to go head-to-head with Starbucks, who partners with Pepsi to sell their own drinks.

The new line of cold coffee beverages is set to launch in early 2017, and the Dunkin’ brand will be manufactured, distributed and sold by Coke. They’ll be on shelves at grocery and convenient stores everywhere, much like our beloved Starbucks bottled coffees are now.

The Wall Street Journal reports this as Dunkin’s latest attempt to brand itself as more of a coffee shop than a doughnut shop. Coffee, in all of its forms, already makes up about half of Dunkin’ Donuts’ sales. While Dunkin’ did acknowledge that selling these new bottled coffee drinks in-store might drive down sales for the made to order coffee drinks they already sell, they feel it will stop people from going elsewhere to buy bottled coffee later in the day.

Dunkin’ Chief Executive Nigel Travis said in an interview that the company would like to stop this from happening. If bottled coffee drinks are available to-go, customers might grab them there instead of going somewhere else later.

Coke will make the coffee using Arabica beans and through U.S. milk-making facilities through its Fairlife dairy joint venture.

Dunkin’ has already been working to expand its coffee market for a few years now, releasing packaged coffees and K-cups which, funny enough, sit on grocery store shelves right next to the Starbucks coffee brands. Dunkin’ Donuts believes that by the end of one year of selling bottled coffee, it will have sold 2.4 billion cups, and that’s in addition to the 2 billion it already sells in the coffee shops.

Looks like Starbucks has their work cut out for them in trying to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Fortune / Photo credit: Dunkin' Donuts/Twitter

Tags: Coca-Cola, Dunkin' Donuts, iced coffee, Starbucks
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Are Coffee Coffee Ice Cubes At Your Local Cafe The Next Food Trend?


By Cooking Panda

Most of us love iced coffee…what’s not to like? It’s the perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day and it can also serve as a sweet treat for when you’re craving dessert. The only thing we don’t love about it is the watered down taste it gets when the ice melts.

There’s an obvious solution when we’re making it at home: coffee ice cubes. But, what about when we’re out and about and craving our coffee fix from Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? Well, according to Brand Eating, this is being taken into consideration among the coffee-selling brands. For starters, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme have started using not only coffee flavored ice cubes in their cold drinks, but other flavors as well!

So far, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme have implemented the flavored cubes only in South Korea (lucky for them!), but we are hoping it proves enough of a success that we may be able to see it here too. Brand Eating reports that Starbucks has been thinking about the idea since 2008, but doesn’t have stores with freezer units. I sure hope they figure it out. Imagine ordering a pumpkin spice latte (which is back, by the way!) iced with pumpkin spice ice cubes. I mean, it’s still pretty hot out there, right?

Delish reports that the two coffee giants have a couple of flavors in common, like coffee and milk chocolate, and both have a fruit flavor for non-coffee drinkers as well.

Dunkin’ Donuts offers a “cube beverage” line that consists of caramel macchiato with coffee cubes, milk chocolate cubes, and a Red Orange Aid cube drink. Krispy Kreme’s offers include: milk cubes for a caramel macchiato, latte cubes, original coffee cubes, and a sparkling lime flavor for their drink of the same name. After all, not everybody drinks coffee.

Starbucks has yet to catch on, even in South Korea. At least we know the idea is floating around in their heads. I’m sure if it proves to be a success with the competition, they’ll step up their game. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Either way, these are some great homemade ice cube ideas for the meantime.

Sources: Brand Eating, Delish / Photo credits: Dunkin Donuts via Delish, Brand Eating

Tags: Dunkin' Donuts, iced coffee, krispy kreme, Starbucks
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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Taking Its New Cold Brew Nationwide


By Cooking Panda

After previously testing cold brew coffee at participating restaurants in Massachusetts and Maine, Dunkin’ Donuts is finally ready to follow in its largest competitor Starbucks’ footsteps and launch its new beverage this summer.

A Dunkin’ Donuts spokeswoman confirmed the launch in an e-mail to The Street, noting that participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets can expect the cold brew to become available as soon as June 27. The cold brew coffee will then launch nationally in the third quarter, Dunkin’ Donuts CFO Paul Carbone said at an investor presentation on June 21.

Given Starbucks’s massive success with its cold brew products, it was only a matter of time before Dunkin’ Donuts manufactured its own version of the summer favorite.

According to Business Insider, cold brew coffee demands a slower steeping process, while allegedly yielding richer flavors from the coffee beans and discarding more acidic compounds. The result? A smoother, less-acidic and less-bitter tasting drink.

The coffee will be hand-crafted on location in small batches, and served in stores every day while supplies lasts.

Dunkin’ Donuts senior vice president of brand marketing, global consumer insights and product innovation explained cold brew. “Cold Brew coffee’s ultra-smooth and naturally sweet flavor profile lends itself to being enjoyed black, but is customizable based on guest preference,” Chris Fuqua said in a statement, reports 

“We’re the leader of iced coffee around the world,” Fuqua told Business Insider. “We sell more iced coffee than anybody, but we also realize that we need to keep up with trends. Cold brew is one of those trends that doesn’t appear to be going away.

“The really neat thing about Dunkin’ Donuts is you can see a Fortune 500 CEO, a student, a construction worker, and a teacher in line all at the same time,” he says. “As coffee evolves, we definitely play a role in bringing great, fairly-priced coffee beverages to the core consumer in America.”

“Coffee culture in the country is getting a little bit more sophisticated by the day,” Fuqua concluded. “Customers really understand what craft coffee beverages are, and understand the cold brew is something that they should expect from a coffee place.”

Sources: The Street, Boston.comBusiness Insider / Photo credit: dunkindonuts/Instagram

Tags: cold brew, Dunkin' Donuts, iced coffee
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