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Let’s start with Starbucks’ description of the Blonde Caffè Latte:

“Our seriously smooth and subtly sweet Starbucks Blonde Espresso is balanced with steamed milk and a light layer of foam.”

 My Recommendation

I recommend getting any and all hot Starbucks milk-and-espresso beverages with breve and extra shots of espresso. Your milk choice is especially important in this drink, because it is one of only two ingredients, the other obviously being espresso. What I’m saying here is: Get something richer than the standard 2% milk.

This drink is just milk and espresso, so tread lightly with additional shots. That being said, the Venti size, especially, contains a lot of milk, so you might want to add a shot or two to prevent your Blonde Espresso flavors being too muted. Get to experimenting.

 My Experience

If I had tried this drink before I the Blonde Flat White and the Blonde Cappuccino, it would have been more interesting. Instead, it revealed to me why Starbucks has those other drinks on the menu. For me, at least, they’re just better.

While not as one-note as a normal Caffè Latte, this drink lacks the textural depth of its fancier counterparts. That textural depth (foam) in the Flat White and the Cappuccino help to bring out a few of the subtler Blonde Espresso flavors that the Caffè Latte does not.


This drink isn’t bad, but it’s not the Blonde-Espresso-and-milk beverage you should be getting from Starbucks. Get the Flat White. It’s funny how different two drinks with the same ingredients can be, but that’s why Starbucks has given us options.

The Blonde Vanilla Latte, however, was fantastic, which makes me wonder: How much better would a Blonde Vanilla Flat White be? I’m going to have to find out.


Nutritional Information (Courtesy of For the Standard-Recipe Blonde Caffè Latte:

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)
Calories 190Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4.5g22%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 170mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 19g6%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 18g
Protein 13g
Caffeine 150mg**
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Each caffeine value is an approximate value.

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