It’s been 15 years since the first Starbucks soy latte (and soy chai tea latte and soy cappuccino). Starbucks launched its first dairy alternative in 2004 just as plant-based milk options were starting to gain in popularity. Starbucks added coconut milk beverage to its lineup in 2015 and almond milk beverage in 2016. The company’s R&D team also began creating new beverages to highlight the flavours of the non-dairy milks like the Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato and Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino® blended beverage.
Now, the first Starbucks beverages of the decade are made with plant-based milk alternatives – introducing the NEW Almond milk Honey Flat White and Coconut milk Latte! The beverages join Starbucks permanent menu across Canada as part of the new winter food and beverage lineup.
“We started with the coffee,” said Raegan Powell, product developer on the Starbucks Beverage team. “Blonde Espresso pairs well with lighter milk alternatives, especially almondmilk. It’s a little bit nuttier, so it complements the almond-based milk.”