The Starbucks Affogato-Style Frapp Is Dessert

by Lily Feinn

There is a new drink bursting onto the menu of your local Starbucks today, and boy, does it look heavenly. As someone who depends (a little too much) on a caffeine boost to keep her sharp throughout the day, I can't help but wonder, does the new Starbucks Affogato-Style Frappuccino have caffeine? And if so, does it have enough to get me through that 2:30 p.m. feeling?

While I love a cup of cold brew coffee to help squelch the summer heat and give me a little pick-me-up, sometimes you just want to treat yo' self. This new Frappuccino may be the answer to my prayers, giving me exactly the shot of energy I'm looking for (but not so much that I'm buzzing). Named after the classic Italian dessert, an affogato is traditionally a scoop of creamy vanilla gelato with a velvety shot of bitter espresso drizzled over top. The hot espresso melts the cold ice cream slowly, creating a pool of deliciousness in the bottom of your bowl. As an ardent fan and a bit of an affogato aficionado, it is way better than coffee ice cream — trust me. Starbucks, in all its infinite wisdom, is recreating this magic with its new take on this old favorite, and here it is:

When ordering this drink, you will choose a base of Vanilla Bean (pictured above), Caramel, or Mocha Frapp flavors. The barista will then pour a rich shot of hot espresso over the top before handing it over the counter. The tall cup will allow the espresso to trickle down through the Frappuccino, creating a chain reaction of hot meets cold, with pockets of coffee and cream mingling happily (excuse my drool).

If you want just a small boost of caffeine, then a tall Affogato-Style Vanilla Bean Frappuccino is the choice for you. It contains only 75 mg of caffeine, all from the espresso shot. If you need a bit more energy to get you through the day, a tall Affogato-Style Caramel Frappuccino contains 125 mg of caffeine, which is about as much as a tall Starbucks iced coffee. Finally, if you want to turn things up to 11, then a tall Affogato-Style Mocha Frappuccino contains 130 mg, so it will give you a little more of a boost caffeine-wise.

Thankfully, these drinks will not stop you from getting a good night's rest — comparatively, a tall hot coffee will still give you the most caffeine at 260 mg. But for those who do crave more of a pick-me-up, adding an extra shot to your Affogato-Style Frapp is always an option! You can also add a shot of espresso to any Frapp of your choice, so feel free to experiment. Java chip with a shot of espresso, where have you been all my life?

Images: Courtesy of Starbucks; Giphy