In 2018, Golden Coffee Rules
This winter, coffee purveyors are really going for the gold.
They say three is a trend, and if that is the case, then golden coffee now totally qualifies as the T-word. The evidence:
Blonde Espresso, More Fun? Starbucks has just introduced a “Blonde” espresso, the coffee chain’s first new permanent, year-round addition to its U.S. core espresso options in the 40-plus years since it introduced its “Signature” espresso — the one we all know and love.
Basically that means you can go into any Starbucks in America and order any of the coffee drinks that feature espresso — such as a Caffe Latte, Cappuccino, Flat White, Macchiato or Americano — with either dark roast “Signature” espresso or light roast “Blonde” espresso, which the company describes as “smooth and subtly sweet.”
“We set the standard for a dark, boldly roasted coffee and in this case, we broke a few of our own rules by taking a lighter approach to espresso which created a bright taste with sweet citrus notes and a smooth body,” Andrew Linnemann, Starbucks’ vice president of global coffee, said in an announcement about the new hue, which was introduced in Canada last year and joins Starbucks “Blonde Roast” brewed and packaged coffees. “We are really proud of the roast and think customers are going to love experimenting with it.”
Go for the Gold: 7-Eleven is now offering a new Hershey's Gold Cappuccino, in honor of the new caramel-colored Hershey’s Gold bar. Available only for a limited time in the convenience store’s hot beverages area, the drink is a “caramelized creme cappuccino” featuring the candy bar’s "buttery, salty, sweet" flavor.
All That Glitters: Peet’s coffee has ushered in 2018 with what it is calling a “beverage gold rush” — a winter lineup of three beverages featuring turmeric, an aromatic spice some contend has medicinal qualities. Each of the organic, handcrafted golden drinks — Golden Caffẻ Latte, Golden Chai Latte, and Golden Cappuccino — combines turmeric with other ingredients such as ginger and honey and will be available at all Peet’s locations until the end of April.
"We are thrilled to introduce to our menu a spice with such a storied tradition in South Asia before gaining popularity across the world," said Patrick Main, Peet’s Coffee’s senior R&D manager, said in a press release. "We cannot wait to showcase to fans how turmeric complements our coffee first attitude with a tasty aromatic filled punch."
Sounds like, for coffee lovers, it’s really going to be a golden year.
Photo courtesy of Peet's Coffee