Starbucks adds new dairy-free drinks to permanent menu, tests oat milk

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Starbucks has officially added two new dairy-free coffee drinks to its permanent menu and announced the testing of oat milk in select markets, starting Tuesday.

On Jan. 7, the coffee chain announced the addition of the Almondmilk Honey Flat White and Coconutmilk Latte drinks throughout stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the availability of oat milk as a non-dairy option at 1,300 participating stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Holy cow! Starbucks has officially added two new dairy-free coffee drinks to its permanent menu and announced the testing of oat milk in select markets, starting Tuesday.

Holy cow! Starbucks has officially added two new dairy-free coffee drinks to its permanent menu and announced the testing of oat milk in select markets, starting Tuesday. (Starbucks)

A special Oatmilk Honey Latte is also officially available to order in the select regional locations in the Midwest.

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The news comes 15 years after the Seattle-based coffee shop served their first soy chai tea latte and soy cappuccino — the company’s first dairy-alternative drinks — in 2004, according to a press release.

Starbucks' new Almondmilk Honey Flat White drink is described as a "coffee-forward beverage with real honey to complement the almond flavor with a touch of sweetness.”

Starbucks' new Almondmilk Honey Flat White drink is described as a "coffee-forward beverage with real honey to complement the almond flavor with a touch of sweetness.” (Starbucks)

Starbucks describes the Almondmilk Honey Flat White beverage as a “coffee-forward beverage with real honey to complement the almond flavor with a touch of sweetness.”

“We started with coffee. Starbucks Blonde Espresso pairs well with the lighter texture of milk alternatives, especially almond milk,” product developer Raegan Powell said in a statement. “It’s a little bit nuttier, so it complements the almond-based milk.”

Starbucks' new Coconutmilk Latte beverage contains Starbucks Blonde Espresso, steamed coconut milk and cascara sugar.

Starbucks' new Coconutmilk Latte beverage contains Starbucks Blonde Espresso, steamed coconut milk and cascara sugar. (Starbucks)

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As for the Coconutmilk Latte, product developers combined shots of Starbucks Blonde Espresso with steamed coconut milk and cascara sugar.

“Coconut milk is such a star on its own, we leaned into highlighting the coffee and the [coconut] milk,” Powell explained. “We found that the cascara sugar on the top added a bit of sweetness without overpowering the beverage.”

Per the press release, the Oatmilk Honey Latte will be made with Starbucks Blonde Espresso, a Honey Blend infusion and steamed oat milk, topped off with a sweet honey topping.

Per the press release, the Oatmilk Honey Latte will be made with Starbucks Blonde Espresso, a Honey Blend infusion and steamed oat milk, topped off with a sweet honey topping. (Starbucks)

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Regarding the oat milk offering, true Starbucks fans may recall that the non-dairy option has been available at select Starbucks Reserve locations since March 2019.

“Customers are looking for more ways to personalize their beverages,” Powell commented. “We love how the nuanced flavor you get with plant-based milks pairs with espresso, either hot or iced. It’s a new way to start your new year.”

According to the press release, the Oatmilk Honey Latte will be made with Starbucks Blonde Espresso, a Honey Blend infusion and steamed oat milk, topped off with a sweet honey topping.

As of Tuesday, oat milk will be available 1,300 participating stores in seven states, which will also offer the Oatmilk Honey Latte.

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Starbucks' decision to expand its non-dairy offerings comes amid a reported decline in dairy milk consumption over the past decade. The global dairy alternative market was estimated to be valued at a white-hot $11.9 billion in 2017, Forbes reports.