“Customers are looking for more ways to personalize their beverages,” product developer Raegan Powell said in the press release. “We love how the nuanced flavor you get with plant-based milks pairs with espresso, either hot or iced. It’s a new way to start your new year.”
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The Oatmilk Honey Latte is made with Starbucks Blonde Espresso infused with Honey Blend, and steamed oatmilk with a sweet and savory honey topping.
“When I think about oats and winter, it’s very natural to pair honey with oats,” Powell said. “Just think of a lightly sweetened oatmeal cookie or warm bowl of oatmeal.”
The beverage joins the permanent additions of the Almondmilk Honey Flat White and Coconutmilk Latte. Almond milk and coconut milk have been available at Starbucks stores since 2015 and 2016 respectively. The shop served its first dairy-alternative beverage, the soy latte, 15 years ago.
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Starbuck’s new vegan drink offering follows People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals buying a stock in the coffee brand in December. PETA became a Starbucks shareholder so they can protest the 80 cent upcharge for patrons to add nondairy milks to their drinks.
“Many coffee drinkers are lactose intolerant, and PETA is intolerant of cruelty to cows, which is why charging extra for soy and nut milks is hard to swallow,” said executive vice president, Tracy Reiman, in a press release. “PETA is heading to Starbucks’ boardroom to urge the company to end this unfair surcharge.”