Dairy-free milk alternatives continue to rise in popularity, and now Starbucks is introducing two new non-dairy drinks to its menu. The coffee chain is now offering the Almondmilk Honey Flat White and the Coconutmilk Latte. These new drinks became part of the permanent menu as of Jan. 7, and are available hot or iced.
“Customers are looking for more ways to personalize their beverages,” product developer Raegan Powell said in a press release. “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.”
The Almondmilk Honey Flat White is made with shots of Blonde Espresso, steamed almond milk and real honey.
The Coconutmilk Latte features Blonde Espresso, steamed coconut milk and cascara sugar for a hint of sweetness.
In addition to these two new drinks, Starbucks is also introducing oat milk as an additional dairy-free option at 1,300 stores in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Oat milk has been available at Starbucks stores in Europe since 2018 and at select Starbucks Reserve locations in the United States since 2019.
With the expansion of oat milk, the coffee chain is also introducing the Oatmilk Honey Latte, which features Blonde Espresso infused with Honey Blend, steamed oat milk and a sweet-and-savory honey topping.
“When I think about oats and winter, it’s very natural to pair honey with oats,” Powell said. “Just think of a lightly sweetened oatmeal cookie or a warm bowl of oatmeal.”
Starbucks offered its first non-dairy alternative with the introduction of soy milk in 2004. Coconut milk was added in 2015, followed by almond milk in 2016. Whether it’s because of food allergies, concern for the environment or to improve health, many people are opting for milk alternatives. There has been a 6% drop in overall United States milk consumption since 2015.
Are you excited to try out one of the new dairy-free drinks at Starbucks?