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WE’VE JUST RECEIVED WORD THAT BLONDE ESPRESSO IS COMING TO THE USA SOMETIME IN JANUARY, and we’ve been told it’s unlike anything Starbucks has ever offered.
What is Starbucks Blonde Espresso?
You may be familiar with the Starbucks Blonde Roasts (currently the “Veranda” and “Willow” blends) available as drip-brewed coffee and beans in Starbucks locations since 2012. Well, the new Starbuck Blonde Espresso Roast isn’t like those Blonde coffees at all.
Our source tells us:
- The new Blonde Espresso Roast will be stored and dispensed from one of the two espresso machine hoppers usually reserved for decaf espresso beans. This means it will be available all day, every day.
- It will be available as an option on every Starbucks drink, probably costing a little more than regular espresso.
- Especially if you are a Starbucks aficionado, you’ll want to re-try every espresso drink with Blonde Espresso Roast.
What it Tastes Like
Last year, Starbucks debuted Blond Roast Espresso only in Canada. Apparently, it did well enough there to get a US release.
This is Starbucks’ description of the Blonde Espresso Roast available in Canada, which is likely the same as the upcoming US one:
“a new twist on classic beverages with Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast as a second core espresso option. The new espresso offers beverages a lighter roast that provides a balanced and sweet flavor with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.”
Here’s what our source (who personally sampled the Blonde Espresso Roast), told us about the tasting experience:
- Non-espresso drinkers are likely to be converted by the Blonde Espresso Roast due to the milder, sweeter flavor profile.
- Has a “completely different flavor profile” than regular espresso, or anything else at Starbucks
- Has a super-floral, smooth, sweet taste that isn’t as strong as regular espresso.
- The dark, roasty, (some call it “burnt”) taste of regular Starbucks espresso is completely absent. Closer to the flavor intensity of tea than regular espresso.
- Makes a great Vanilla Latte, Flat White, Americano and the “best Caramel Machiatto ever”. Personally, I’ll be trying it in everything.
Where Will it Be Available?
It will likely be available at all Starbucks locations nationwide, but this has not yet been confirmed. We can confirm that it’s definitely not going to be just a Starbucks Reserve release, and will be available at regular Starbucks locations.
When Will it Be Available?
Sometime in January 2018. We will keep you updated as we receive info. I’m very interested in trying this one.