On a day like today, when the sun in shining, the air has lost its chill and the concept of wearing shorts is no longer a goosebumps-indusing pipe dream, the only thing that could be better than a cup of iced coffee might be a cup of iced coffee with coffee ice cubes to boot. If you think I'm being greedy, you probably haven't tried it — but hopefully that changes very soon, because rumor on the street this morning is that Starbucks is testing coffee ice cubes in 100 stores in Baltimore, Maryland and St. Louis, Missouri. That is, ice cubes made from literal coffee.
It all started when a Starbucks employee took to Reddit to talk about the unofficial launch of coffee ice and all the interesting ways he intended on experimenting with it. Slowly, people started to realize that coffee ice was indeed being tested at Starbucks. According to a Starbucks spokesperson, the item is super limited: Appearing only in 100 stores in Baltimore and St. Louis, coffee ice is just in a testing stage.
“As a company, we often test new products, programs and ideas to gather feedback from our customers and partners (employees). Starbucks is testing coffee ice for a limited time this summer only in 100 stores in Baltimore and St. Louis. Customers can add ice that's been made using Starbucks coffee to any iced Espresso or Brewed Coffee beverage for 80 cents.”
So in if you live in Baltimore or St. Louis, congratulations, you get to take advantage of the ultimate iced coffee experience. There's nothing more annoying than getting a delicious cup of iced coffee that melts the second you sit down in the sun. Your coffee goes from tasty to a watery quickly in the summer, and the answer to this iced coffee conundrum is none other than coffee ice cubes. Not only do they keep your drink cool, but they keep it from ever getting watered down. Plus, you get even more coffee for your cup.
What's even more exciting about the coffee ice cubes might be what the Reddit user was beginning to consider: all of the coffee cube possibilities! Think about all of the ways that you can spruce up your coffee orders! Vanilla latté with coffee cubes? Yes please. Swapping out regular ice in Frappuccinos for coffee ice? Yes please!
But while all of the possibilities might be exciting, don't get ahead of yourself just yet. We don't yet know if the menu item will make its way all Starbucks locations, or even stick around at all — after all, it's only being tested now. But hey, we can hope and dream!