Who's ready for Spring? Starbucks is! On February 28, Starbucks is releasing two new macchiatos as the official drinks of springtime, available in both the United States and Canada for a limited time. Inspired by horchata, a Spanish and Latin American drink traditionally made from a combination of rice or almond milk and spices such as cinnamon, your new drink will make you feel as if you've taken a cultural trip from the comfort of your local Starbucks.
They're releasing the Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato, which originally came out in the summer of 2016, as an iced option. This year, it's back with a similar flavor profile and a much hotter temperature. The drink combines espresso shots poured over steamed coconut milk with a small amount of white chocolate mocha sauce. Topped off with caramel and a swirl of mocha sauce, the beverage is perfect for a chilly spring day.
When temperatures rise, you may want to switch to the new Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato. Combining Starbuck's signature espresso, almondmilk, and cinnamon dolce syrup, the beverage is then topped with caramel and cinnamon dolce topping.
I know you're really wondering: How will switching over affect my caffeine intake? A tall Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato and a tall Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato each have 75 mg of caffeine and range in price from $4.25 to $4.75, based on location. For comparison, a tall featured Dark Roast has a caffeine content of 195mg.
Have you already been on the Macchiato kick with consumer favorite the Caramel Macchiato? Then your caffeine levels will stay the same. The sweetness of these two drinks combined with the lower caffeine levels could make this an excellent choice for anyone hesitant to become a coffee drinker. And on the flip side, the lower caffeine levels give you a perfect excuse to go back for round two come afternoon.
And if you don't drink milk, you can rejoice: The new releases are designed for dairy-free milk alternatives.
Macchiatos have been offered at Starbucks since their first handcrafted coffee menu 30 years ago. The two new options join the existing Espresso Macchiato, Latte Macchiato, and Caramel Macchiato. Fun fact: The term macchiato means "marked" in Italian.
May this give you one more reason not to hit the snooze button.