Starbucks recently released a new Blonde Espresso — the brand’s first new espresso in over 40 years. The company claims the light roast holds just as much caffeine as its dark sibling, but is smoother and sweeter. [related]
Seeing as I am already a Starbucks devotee (I blame this on the shop being across the road from our office), I was maybe a little too excited to order my regular (a non-fat vanilla latte) in its new and presumably improved form. And yes, I am an uncivilized weirdo who orders iced coffee in the midst of an arctic blast.
Anyway, I’ve always heard that blondes have more fun — and it turns out that blonde roasts taste better. From the first sip of my plastic coffee chalice, I was enamored.
This goes out to all the people who like their coffee to not really taste like coffee: You will love this drink. It’s silky and smooth, and it does not taste burnt like the traditional dark-roast espresso.
And the baristas cut down on the flavored syrup additives in drinks made with the new blonde roast, because there’s a naturally occurring sweetness in this espresso. That makes it a health drink, right? No? Fine.
But honestly it’s so easy to suck down that myself and my co-workers (who I may or may not have coerced into trying the drink) didn’t even allow time for the ice to melt. Nothing is more disgusting than a watered-down coffee. (OK, actually — I can think of a few things.)
Starbucks says you should expect bright, sweet citrus notes with hints of lemon, orange, and caramel — but I didn’t taste that at all. I just tasted coffee, except nicer. Then again, I don’t think I want my coffee tasting like fruit, so I’m not mad.
I, Taylor Rock, give Starbucks’ Blonde Espresso 11 out of 10 stars. Gone are the dark days of dark espresso — I’m never turning back.
For more on the Seattle-based brand, here are 20 things you didn’t know about Starbucks.