The Cascara Latte Won't Be Around Forever

If cold weather brings about any cravings, it's definitely for rich, warming beverages. This is probably why Starbucks' latest release, the Cascara Latte, already has people salivating. And good news: If you're wondering when you can get the Starbucks Cascara Latte, the answer is soon. There are only a few days left before it arrives at Starbucks stores across the country — and if you're a Starbucks Rewards member, you can buy the drink literally right now. The Cascara Latte became available for Rewards members on Jan. 6; the nationwide rollout of this innovative new latte will then follow shortly thereafter on Jan. 10.

If you're wondering what a Cascara Latte actually is, first we have to understand what cascara itself is. A Spanish word meaning "husk" or "shell," cascara is made from the skin of the coffee cherry, which is usually disposed of once the seeds have been extracted and roasted to make coffee beans. Starbucks has created a Cascara Syrup using the coffee cherry to add a unique and eco-friendly flavor to a classic espresso-based latte.

So, what does the Cascara Latte taste like? Mixed with Starbucks signature espresso, the drink has notes of dark brown sugar and maple, giving it a light sweetness. It's finished with foam and a Cascara topping, too. As is the norm with espresso drinks, the latte is caffeinated; a 12-ounce Tall has 75 milligrams of caffeine. In terms of cost, the Cascara Latte will vary based on the market — but generally, it will range between $4.25 and $4.75 for a 12-ounce Tall. You can also have it made with your choice of milk, too, whether you like standard two percent or a dairy-free alternative like coconut milk.

As of right now, there isn't an end date in sight for the Cascara Latte, but since it's a limited edition drink that's only available while supplies last, you'll want to try it sooner rather than later. Even if you aren't one for espresso in general, this drink definitely offers up a lighter, sweeter take on the classic taste, so it's definitely worth a try!

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