When reached via email on Thursday, a Starbucks spokesperson emphasized the limited size of the test launch, so don't get your hopes up if you live outside of Baltimore and St. Louis.
"As a company, we often test new products, programs and ideas to gather feedback from our customers and partners (employees)," the spokesperson said. "Starbucks is testing coffee ice for a limited time this summer only in 100 stores in Baltimore and St. Louis. Customers can add ice that's been made using Starbucks coffee to any iced Espresso or Brewed Coffee beverage for 80 cents."
With any luck, Coffee Ice will be popular enough to warrant a nationwide launch and, ultimately, save your $6 iced latte from melting into watery swill. In the meantime, you can always make your own coffee ice cubes, if you're not doing so already. It's super easy.