If you have venti PSL tastes and dairy-free dreams, then Starbucks’ newest vegan milk alternative is exactly what you've been waiting for. But if you like ordering and paying for those frothy concoctions ahead of time, then you're probably wondering, “When will Almondmilk be on the Starbucks app?” Over 4,600 U.S. stores throughout the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic participated in the limited release, adding "Almondmilk" to their menus on Sept. 6. For years customers having been vying for the popular dairy-free milk to be featured in their lattes and Frappuccinos, and now the wait is almost over. The nationwide rollout of Starbucks' Almondmilk will be finished on Thursday, Sept. 29 — the same date that Starbucks' Almondmilk will be available on the app! As the month draws to a close and fall officially begins, coffee lovers will have something else to celebrate!
Starbucks' "Almondmilk" is joining the pantheon of available dairy-free milk alternatives. Like Starbucks' soymilk and coconutmilk, the coffee behemoth's product is spelled as one word, instead of two. If you assumed that your local barista was just going to open a box of any old store-bought almond milk for that caramel macchiato, you are mistaken. Starbucks not only changed the name of your favorite vegan milk, but is putting their own personal spin on the recipe as well. (Perhaps why it has taken so dang long to get it on the menu!).
After much care and attention to detail, Starbucks has developed an almond milk with the right structure to hold a pillowy foam. The milk alternative also promises to give your drink a rich and nutty flavor with little added sweetness. "We created our almondmilk recipe to complement our hot, iced, and Frappuccino blended beverages," Starbucks beverage R&D team manager, Yoke Wong, said in a press release. "It was designed so that when steamed, it creates a rich foam for hot beverages and is delicious and creamy when served in cold beverages."
What the light and bright Coconutmilk did for the popular fruity drinks of summer, Almondmilk is poised to do for holiday seasonal beverages. The subtle nuttiness is sure to compliment the more robust cold weather coffee concoctions, and may even add a new dimension to some old favorites (without being overpowering). "The nuttiness of the almond boosted the spice in my PSL, and despite the lack of dairy, the drink was still just as creamy," concluded a review in Popsugar. Like soymilk and coconutmilk, ordering a drink with Almondmilk is an addition 60 cents. But according to the most recent feedback, it's change well spent.
Those who have grown accustomed to Starbucks' “mobile order and pay” app system may be reluctant to go back to the whole ordering from the counter thing. I totally understand, as I am a creature of convenience myself. Be sure to update your app on Sept. 29 if you do not see Almondmilk listed, as this vegan option may be too good to pass up. Yasss!