What Is Starbucks’ Blonde Espresso? It’s Perfect For People Who Don’t Like Bitter Coffee

If you, like me, are mourning the fact that Starbucks' holiday menu has gone away for another year, I have news of a new espresso drink at the coffee chain that will make you perk up first thing this morning — even if you haven't had your first cup of coffee yet. With its release on Jan. 9, you may be wondering what Starbucks' Blonde Espresso is, and how it'll change the way you order morning coffee.

Coffee isn't for everyone. I'll admit that it took me a few rejected sips and years of drinking tea to develop a taste for it. It wasn't until I felt awkward declining a cappuccino at a café in Rome that I took a polite sip and found that, surprisingly, I liked the mighty espresso and frothy milk concoction. I was enlightened, or more literally, awakened. I figure my reaction was due to the fact that the drink wasn't so strong — instead, it was smooth, and the espresso didn't overpower my tastebuds. That's what Starbucks' Blonde Espresso is all about. You may have noticed that Starbucks sells a few different blends of brewed coffee, from their Pike Place medium roast to their Blonde light roast — whereas the Pike Place tastes a bit stronger and bitter, the Blonde roast is lighter, and smoother. Now, the new Blonde Espresso is similar when compared to Starbucks' other espresso blend: it's a lighter roast, so it's not as bitter. This makes it a universally enjoyable option that even people who don't like bitter coffee may find appealing.

If you think an espresso is too much coffee to handle without the suppressing support of milk and sugar, I recommend ordering the new Blonde Espresso lovers, whether you're someone who can weather a double shot dark espresso or are someone who's just starting to develop a taste for something other than tea.

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The "light roast" has a "natural sweetness" but don't be fooled. "Light" doesn't mean less caffeine. According to Starbucks in a press release, "contrary to popular thought, this light roasted espresso has just as much caffeine as its dark roasted sibling!" Phew. With a lighter roast, we can still all get the usual jumpstart we need for a day of sifting through emails, managing our group texts, and nailing that presentation. As for how it tastes, Starbucks continued, "to make Blonde Espresso, our coffee team lightly roasted Latin American and East African beans to bring out their bright, sweet citrus notes and smooth body — Blonde beverages have hints of lemon, orange and caramel." For those who are curious about that espresso life, this is the perfect roast for you to join the fam.

Additionally, this release is also making Starbucks history. According to Starbucks, this is the first time in 40 plus years that a new espresso is being introduced to the permanent menu. So, this is kind of a big deal. Customers now have the option to choose their own adventure when it comes to espresso drinks. When you make it to the counter to place your order this morning, be a part of history of make it a Blonde latté.

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This is exciting news for those of us who look forward to every single new drink Starbucks produces. I mean, it's the first time in over 40 years of Starbucks history that a new espresso is being introduced to the menu. And it couldn't come at a better time — considering it's January, it's cold out there, and I'm sure all need to warm up. Luckily, can cozy up to your new favorite drink at a Starbucks right now.