Starbucks releases vegan hazelnut moccha coconut milk macchiato

Read Time:   |  1st March 2018

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Starbucks has just introduced a decadent new chocolate and hazelnut drink in time for spring in its US stores.

starbucks vegan hazelnut moccha

Starbucks has just introduced a decadent new chocolate and hazelnut drink in time for spring in its US stores.

Hazelnut Mocha Coconut Milk Macchiato

The Hazelnut Mocha Coconut Milk Macchiato, which is available hot or iced, is made with steamed Sumatran coconut milk and hazelnut syrup, topped with espresso, and finished with a mocha drizzle.

starbucks vegan hazelnut moccha

According to Starbucks: “Sweet hazelnut and our Sumatran coconut milk is combined with our bold Espresso Roast, then topped with decadent mocha drizzle. All handcrafted to ensure each sip is perfectly balanced, perfectly enjoyed.”

Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato

The high-street coffee chain has also released a second dairy-free drink in time for Spring, but it can be made vegan with a few simple alterations. The second new option is the return of a fan favourite: The Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato is made from their Espresso Roast, almond milk, and cinnamon dolce syrup with a caramel drizzle and sprinkle of cinnamon dolce topping.

starbucks vegan hazelnut moccha

To make this one vegan you’ll need to skip the caramel drizzle and cinnamon dolce topping as both contain butter.

Whilst the new drink does not contain dairy (with the proper substitutions), Starbucks does caution that it cannot guarantee the complete elimination of cross-contamination, as all orders are prepared and stored with shared equipment.

More options

The new releases come after the company revealed that it was “leaning in” to offering more plant-based food and beverages in a bid to appeal to new customers amid disappointing sales in 2017.

Starbucks head of real estate John Culver confirmed that Starbucks will be actively be targeting plant-based customers, saying: “Plant-based beverages and alternatives [are a] big area of opportunity for us,” Culver said, “and our customers are asking for it.”

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