The affogato, a classic Italian dessert involving a rich shot of espresso poured over a velvety scoop of gelato, is getting a Starbucks makeover, and us coffee enthusiasts couldn't be more pumped. What's more, caffeine lovers wondering "Where can I get Starbucks affogato?" will be pleased to learn that the coffee giant's take on the Italian treat is already here — and moreover, there are two options to choose from. However, there's a catch: These two Starbucks affogato menus are being tested at some stores starting Wednesday, Feb. 15 — but both tests are limited and only available in a select few locations.
If the word "affogato" sounds familiar to you, you may remember the Affogato-style Frappuccinos that graced Starbucks' summer menus nationwide last year. A shot of espresso was poured over mocha, caramel or vanilla bean Frapps as cool-down treat, but in the current version, Sbux is sticking with tradition. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle launched an Affogato menu in June of 2016, with each drink featuring real vanilla ice cream and small-lot roasted espresso; since then, the treats have become popular staples of the Roastery menu.
Which brings us to the two current tests. The first menu is only available in 10 stores with Reserve coffee bars across the United States. These special Starbucks locations feature unique design concepts, as well as a separate immersive coffee bars "with manual Black Eagle espresso machines, pour-overs, Chemex, and nitro cold brew taps," describes Eater. The stores with this Affogato menu, which comes straight from the Seattle Roastery, are located in and around D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Maryland, and Boston.
Meanwhile, residents of Orange County, Calif. will be able to try a different menu inspired by the Roastery's Affogato menu. 100 Starbucks stores in the area will feature this test.
The Roastery Affogato menu currently featured at the 10 stores with Reserve bars consists of four different drinks: The Classic Affogato, which pours two shots of Reserve small-lot espresso poured over vanilla ice cream; the House Affogato, which takes the Classic Affogato and adds demerara syrup and a dusting of cinnamon; the Cold Brew Float, which pours Reserve small-lot cold brew coffee over a scoop of vanilla ice cream; and the Cold Brew Malt, which blends a malted milkshake using Reserve small-lot cold brew, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate bitters.
Meanwhile, the Orange County test menu consists of three options. The Classic Espresso Affogato takes two shots of Starbucks espresso and pours it over vanilla ice cream; the Starbucks Narino 70 Cold Brew Float starts with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and then pours Starbucks Narino 70 Cold Brew over it; and the Starbucks Narino 70 Cold Brew Malt blends the Narino 70 Cold Brew with ice cream, malt, and chocolate bitters.
The specialty drinks range in price from $6 for a 5.5-ounce Classic Affogato to $8.50 for a 12-ounce Cold Brew Malt at the 10 Reserve coffee bars, and $5.25 for a Tall Affogato to about $6.50 for a 12-ounce Narino 70 Malt at Orange County's 100 test locations.
Again, both of these menus are only tests, so there's no guarantee that either of them will get rolled out nationwide. Still, though: If you're in the right location, they're worth a shot. It may be winter, but these ice cream treats sound like the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.