While the milk, flavor syrups, sauces, and toppings that go into some of your favorite Starbucks drinks have seen plenty of tweaks and changes over the years, one massively important ingredient has remained exactly the same for more than four decades: the espresso. In fact, every single one of the millions of lattes, caramel macchiatos, mochas, and other espresso-based drinks the company has served in the US since the '70s have featured its original Signature Espresso Roast, and have all tasted more or less the same for as long as you can remember. But all of that ended on Tuesday, when Starbucks introduced an all-new espresso roast that could very well change your go-to drinks.
Yes, really. Hold on to your mugs.
Starbucks calls it Blonde Espresso, and much like the chain's popular Blonde Roast drip coffee, it's a significantly lighter alternative to the darker and bolder flavors you associate with the company's coffee. Described as “smooth and subtly sweet,” the new type of espresso basically flies in the face of the general understanding -- dare we call it a rule -- that espresso should be extremely bold and roasty in flavor. The company even goes so far as to say it’s a good option for people who are new to drinking coffee. It’s that different.
As of Tuesday, Starbucks locations across the country will make drinks with your choice of the new Blonde Espresso or the regular Signature Espresso, including lattes, flat whites, mochas, caramel macchiatos, americanos, and pretty much every other drink on its menu. Baristas will even ask you which option you’d like in your drink, if you don’t specify first when you order, and Starbucks has already changed its menu boards to highlight Blonde Espresso in its core lineup of drinks. Blonde Espresso is the same price and, perhaps best of all, has the same amount of caffeine as Signature Espresso, according to a company spokesperson.