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Starbucks’ New Coffee Changes Colors! (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

Starbucks’ elusive Unicorn Frappuccino has officially left the coffee chain’s kingdom leaving behind a trail of sticky syrups, pink powder, and a taste for aesthetically-pleasing beverages.

In its place is Starbucks’ new and enchanting beverage for the bubblegum age — or anyone who prioritizes the look of an Instagram-worthy drink over the taste.

Introducing the “Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade Cold Brew,” a kind of drinkable mood ring that serves as an Instagram prop and a visually-stimulating caffeine fix.

The ingredients that go into the drink combine to form a color-changing beverage. From top to bottom, the drink layers cold brew coffee, lemonade, and the magical ingredient, Butterfly Pea Flower tea. The tea, available exclusively in Asia, is a powdered ingredient commonly found in Thai and Malaysian cuisine and gets its magical abilities from its sensitivity to pH. Like hydrangea flowers, which change color depending on the soil’s pH, the color of butterfly pea flower tea changes depending on what it’s mixed in with. Adding lemon, for example, transforms the tea from a deep cobalt blue to a Lisa Frank-ian violet.

But contrary to its predecessor, the Unicorn Frappuccino, Starbucks’ new vibrant beverage is not sweet nor syrupy. The taste has been described as “earthy” and “woody” and similar to a green tea, according to Bon Appetit. Starbucks’ take on the Asian tea leaf is just a tad sweeter with the addition of lemonade. But, as a whole, how tasty can a coffee-lemonade hybrid be? To give your taste buds some perspective, imagine a bolder and darker Arnold Palmer.

The beverage, which is only available in select markets across Asia, is also for a limited time only. The company has not announced whether this color-changing commodity will be brought to the states for U.S. customers to try either. Luckily, an expired passport will not stop you from getting a taste of colorful cold brew.

The most difficult ingredient to find, Butterfly Pea Flower tea, is available on Amazon and the rest can be picked up at any supermarket. Cheers to miraculous mixology!

Sources: Delish, Bon Appetit / Featured Image: Pixabay

Tags: Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade Cold Brew, Starbucks
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Under The Weather? Starbucks’ New Drinks Might Help


By Cooking Panda

Got the sniffles? Caught that nasty flu going around? Some of us unlucky ones battling the common cold or flu, reminiscing fondly of a time, not too long ago, when we could breathe through our noses and actually taste food, will be in better spirits thanks to Starbucks’ latest winter tea lineup.

The coffee chain’s Teavana beverages are packed with soothing ingredients and invigorating blends to combat seasonal ailments and help you power through this blistering winter.

Teavana Wellness Teas rolled out on Starbucks’ menu in four different power-packed flavors to address each one of your flu symptoms — from the chills to drowsiness, to a compromised immune system.

First up is Teavana Comfort Wellness Tea, a robust blend to reach for when you’re feeling perhaps unsettled or rumpled by winter’s ugly slush-lined streets and unforgiving wind chill. Calming rooibos and soothing ginger and lemon, mixed with spearmint and peppermint, are naturally uplifting flavors and will warm you from the inside out.

Teavana Defense Wellness Tea is what you should drink when your guard is down and tissue boxes are running low. Made with zesty oranges, lemon, lemongrass, cinnamon and ginger, this white tea is a dependable defense against the flu and its nasty symptoms. Defense Wellness Tea is loaded with vitamin C to kick up your immune system during these cold winter months.

Teavana’s Rev Up tea is a powerful, energizing blend made with three teas — black, oolong and green. It’s the best choice after a few sick days to get you back in your groove.

The last line of defense, Citrus Defender, is Starbucks’ newest lineup of Teavana teas. It contains all the basics to a tea tonic — white tea, soothing honey and lemon.

Starbucks beverages cover pretty much every mood — in sickness and in health. And recently, in the name of mischief and magic, a Harry Potter-inspired beverage was recently added to the chain’s extensive list of secret menu items. The Butterbeer Frappuccino, made with a Creme Frappuccino base, three pumps of caramel and toffee nut syrups each, is a wizardly libation to sip during endless Harry Potter marathons.

Sources: Delish (2), Teavana / Featured Image: David Mulder/Flickr

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After 40 Years, Starbucks Releases New Espresso


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Starbucks has officially “mellowed out,” ushering in a mild, light-roast espresso blend to its shops across the U.S. on Jan. 9, the first espresso option added to the company’s U.S. menu in more than 40 years. Known widely for dark roast coffee — bold-bodied and bitter — the coffee chain is offering a light Blonde Espresso for an “easier” coffee-drinking experience.

Customers can now choose between a “Starbucks Signature” or “Starbucks Blonde” espresso for any of the chain’s beverages like lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites, Americanos, macchiatos or shots. Beverages were already customizable, as evidenced by Starbucks’ best-kept secret menu that features over 200 drink recipes and counting. Starbucks beverages can be custom-fitted even more now.

Coffee-drinkers with a distaste for Starbucks’ signature full-bodied roasts will especially enjoy blonde roasts, which have a light-bodied profile, contrary to Starbucks’ traditional dark roasts. Andrew Linnemann, vice president of Global Coffee for the coffee company, said in a press release that the lighter alternative has a “bright taste with sweet citrus notes and a smooth body” and is breaking Starbucks’ long-held rule with full-bodied roasts.

Avid Starbucks drinkers raise their noses to Americans who can’t handle the chain’s overly bitter coffee profiles, lest they are drowned in the works — half dozen pumps of mocha syrup and powder, whipped cream frosted skyward, a caramel sauce drizzle for good measure, all thoroughly diluted with soy milk. Sensitive palates are sure to welcome Starbucks’ light roast without all the bells and whistles, perhaps saving a few calories in sweeteners.

Blonde Espresso, the company says, sources beans from Latin America and East Africa, after which they’re roasted to peak flavor for a balanced, subtle coffee.

Third-wave cafes have treated blonde roasts with the same critical care and snobbiness as sommeliers. Alongside artisanal foodstuffs and elaborate drip apparatuses, blonde roasts have been peddled by “coffee artisans” for years.

Starbucks, all things considered, was a little slow on the draw, offering blonde roasts since 2012 everywhere else but the U.S. In Canada, Austin, Texas, and Tampa, Florida, locations, Blonde Espresso was received with overwhelming reviews, sparking the company to do a full rollout now in the U.S. at all 8,000 company-run stores beginning Jan. 9.

Sources: Starbucks, Brand Eating / Featured Image: Pxhere

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Starbucks Introduces New Drinks For The New Year (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

Christmas is over and New Year’s looms ahead; limp trees will soon line the sidewalks if they haven’t already, Santa hats will be traded in for plastic 2018 party glasses, elf shoes for stilettos and white beards for black ties.

The same transition is occurring in specialty drinks at Starbucks, which is now moving aside Christmas jolly for formal affairs. The Black and White Mocha Collection will usher in the 2018 year with a bang and a boom.

The black and white themed collection includes a trio of white chocolate and dark mocha flavors as hot chocolate, coffee and frappuccino beverages. The Black and White Mocha starts off with Starbucks’ signature espresso roast, then silky swirls of white and dark chocolate are mixed in with steamed milk and finally topped with whipped cream and chocolate sequins to resemble a black tie.

The Black and White Frappuccino is the frozen sibling of the Mocha, while the Black and White Hot Chocolate combines dark and white chocolate mocha sauce, steamed milk and whipped cream, then finished with chocolate sequins.

The black-tie trio beverages are now on sale at participating Starbucks locations nationwide and will be available through the new year while supplies last. But if these are anything like Starbucks’ recent streak of viral coffee concoctions, then you’ll want to act fast — delicious chocolate sequins will only be around for so long.

Starbucks debuted the collection on social media on Dec. 27 and has answered questions from fans. One Twitter user pointed out that she has been ordering Black and White Mochas for years, which means — chocolate sequins aside — you can get a “New Year’s” drink all year round. Starbucks Twitter responded to the user explaining that the coffee company gave the beverage an official name that can be easily ordered on Starbucks Mobile Order app.

Starbucks released a color-changing Unicorn Frappuccino, followed quickly and less virally by the Dragon Frappuccino — a sinister sister to the Unicorn. The fabulous Mermaid Frappuccino, complete with edible pink pearls, pink and green swirls, and blue whipped cream, went viral in Mexico during summer 2017. Comparatively, the Black and White Frappuccino is subdued, with far fewer colors and sugar, but tasty nonetheless.

Source: Delish / Featured Image: poolie/Flickr

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Millennial Rose Gold Makes Its Way To Starbucks (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

‘Tis the season for shiny new things!

Starbucks recently drew open the curtain on a gift-worthy drinkware line splashed in the trendiest colors — and they are perfect for gifting that caffeine addict with sparkling sensibilities. Tumblers in rose gold, millennial pink, white, and silver shades were spotted on Starbucks’ shelves beginning Nov. 11, according to Popsugar.

The chain’s latest tumbler designs — kitschy, sparkly, rose-golden — are made for the millennial age, the aesthetically pink Instagram page, the fabulous. If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to reconsider upgrading your drab drinking vessel to one that shines bright like a diamond, and can stand in as a glamorous holiday prop, like this photo below:

Of course, if you’re more conservative about your travel mugs, Starbucks’ drinkware line also comes in no-frills, minimalist silver and white tumblers that mean business but are still charmingly designed. The coffee chain has a knack for beautifully designed kitchenware, too. A Twitter user spotted a stylish French press in rose gold, pictured below. (Our prediction: Christmas gifts are going to be filled with rose gold merch!)

And, as an added bonus, the brand new coffee tumblers come with a few perks, and we’re not just talking about the coffee. These festive cups are environmentally friendly and will save you 10 cents on any Starbucks beverage. A shiny new vessel with fringe benefits — that’s a two-in-one holiday gift!

Starbucks is clearly going full-steam ahead on the chain’s millennial-forward collection, and just in time for the holidays too! These tumblers are the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift to friends and coworkers who can’t get enough of life’s greatest pleasures: coffee and shiny things.

There is a catch to all of this, but it is a small one. The new rose gold tumblers are not available online yet, so you’ll need to trek to your local Starbucks for new tumblers. But, don’t let that deter you; Starbucks’ latest festive treat, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha made with caramel, white chocolate and cranberry sugar will be worth the trip to the local chain — Christmas shopping can be a treat for you, too!

Sources: Popsugar, Hello Giggles / Featured Image: Pixabay

Tags: rose gold tumblers, Starbucks
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Starbucks PSL Fans Can Get An Early Fix At The Store (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

Spring, summer and winter can be dreary affairs for die-hard fans of Starbucks’ infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But starting a little later in August, you can pick up your own bottled PSLs and Pumpkin Spice-flavored coffee to start satisfying your cravings a little earlier this year — and possibly stock up for the long winter ahead.

“Customers can start prepping for fall with new Starbucks Pumpkin Spice offerings and other returning favorites, for cozy coffee moments at home,” Starbucks said in a press release.

There will now be six different ways to savor the flavor that you probably either love or hate, since the company is also bringing back Pumpkin Spice Caffe Latte K-Cup Pods, Iced Espresso Classics Pumpkin Spice Latte, VIA Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Chilled Coffee Drink, so you definitely have some options.

As for the new stuff? The ready-to-drink 14-ounce Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes will likely sell for around $2.79 a pop. The folks at ‘Bux say that it “features Starbucks high-quality arabica coffee with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices, and creamy milk,” which sounds a lot like the ones they’ll be making in their coffee shops at some undisclosed time in the fall.

Plus, you can also pick up the Pumpkin Spice Coffee (PSC?) in grocery stores around the country for a suggested $9.99 for an 11-ounce bag.

“This new fall coffee features Starbucks lightest roast coffee with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg,” the release says. “Add a splash of cream and a bit of sugar to evoke the familiar flavors inspired by the handcrafted Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.”

Starbucks remains tight-lipped about the actual launch date of their PSLs in cafes, although they typically roll out in early September. Last year you could order one in stores as early as September 1, which Fortune notes is well ahead of the first official day of fall on September 22.

Sources: Starbucks, Fortune / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Starbucks

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