The cappuccino, one of the most classic espresso beverages, has been a mainstay on the Starbucks menu since 1986. But since the advent of ever-more-complicated caffeinated (and sugary) beverages, like the pumpkin spice latte, caramel macchiato, and cinnamon roll Frappuccino, Starbucks seems to be slowly phasing out the cappuccino. In recent years, the cappuccino has disappeared from menus in New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle, although you can still order it with no problem.
But, according to Business Insider, this change makes total sense. When Starbucks first opened, espresso drinks were made in the traditional Italian style: as espressos, espresso macchiatos, lattes, or cappuccinos. The difference between a cappuccino and a latte often eludes the layman, claims Kitchen Riddles. A latte combines one part espresso with two parts steamed milk, but a cappuccino combines equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk, according to this handy Daily Meal guide.
As a result, according to Business Insider, many Starbucks locations have conflated the two. When the flat white drink, of Australian origin, was added earlier this year, it made things even more complicated. Does this explain the Great Starbucks Cappuccino Disappearance of 2015? Perhaps, but the company says it isn’t permanent.
A Starbucks representative has confirmed to the media that “the cappuccino has been and will always be part of our espresso portfolio,” and will appear on menus later this year when menu boards begin to change again. According to Starbucks, menu boards switch out at least six to seven times a year, which explains the cappuccino no-show.
Discontinued Starbucks Drinks That Need To Make A Comeback
Love it or hate it, Starbucks is a near-ubiquitous feature on the coffee shop landscape. In many cities, you can't go more than a few blocks without stumbling across a green sign bearing the now-iconic Starbucks mermaid logo.
Like any major company specializing in food and drink, Starbucks' menu is constantly metamorphosing. Sure, there are some stalwarts that are always there, like the lattes and the mochas. Depending on when and where you next find yourself there, however, you may also encounter more unusual, fleeting Starbucks menu options. The coffee shop staple has long tested new drinks at different locations over many years.
Some, like the much-discussed Pumpkin Spice Latte, have become wild successes that reappear every season. Yet, for every PSL, there seems to be a series of odd ducks that never make it past their initial test. Don't take this as condemnation of an experimental drink's flavor, however. Starbucks has to look out for its bottom line, of course, and in so doing, they may have quashed some truly interesting and tasty drinks. Until Starbucks decides to bring back some of these discontinued drinks, we can't know for sure.
14 Best Vegan Starbucks Drink And How To Order Them
So you just started your vegan eating journey but still need your Starbucks fix in the morning? Or, perhaps, you've been on your plant-based grind for a while now, but have never been too sure what to order at your closest Starbs. Have no fear, because there are still quite a few options on the Starbucks menu that are already vegan-friendly or can be made vegan appropriate with a few simple swaps.
For starters, PETA has a simple guide with a few rules of thumb to keep in mind when you're looking to order something from Starbucks that follows your dietary needs. Generally, remember to replace any dairy with soy, almond, or coconut milks&mdashall Starbucks locations have all three alternatives available. Then, take a peek at the ingredient list and hold any whipped cream, java chips, protein powder, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon dolce topping.
Keep in mind that there are some ingredients that cannot be swapped and aren't vegan friendly, so stay away from anything that includes pumpkin spice (sorry, PSL lovers), white mocha, caramel brûlée, and chai latte.
The Americano has that strong coffee flavor that some love, and with only two ingredients&mdashespresso and hot water&mdashvegans can enjoy it no problem.
Blended Strawberry Lemonade
For those who prefer something fruity over bitter, the Blended Strawberry Lemonade is made with just lemonade and strawberry puree.
There are moments that call for a classic latte, and as long as you ask for soy, almond, or coconut milk, yours will be vegan.
A Caramel Macchiato needs a little customization to make it plant-based, but simply ask for a substitute of either soy, almond, or coconut milk and no caramel drizzle.
Coconut Milk Latte
When coconut milk came to Starbucks the world practically stopped. The Coconut Milk Latte starts with a Starbucks Blonde Espresso has a gorgeous sugar flourish on top.
As is the rule of thumb, just sub out the dairy for your choice of non-dairy soy, almond, or coconut milk.
Golden Ginger Drink
The Golden Ginger is made with coconut milk and with the ginger, pineapple, and turmeric flavors, it's refreshing with a bit of a bite.
Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
You can never go wrong with an Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte. To ensure it's vegan, opt almond or coconut milk and ask for no whipped topping.
Iced Pineapple Matcha
This tropical drink is made with matcha green tea, pineapple, ginger, and coconut milk so it's already a-okay for vegans.
Mango Dragonfruit Refresher
What started off as a limited time offer quickly because a permanent menu item after customers went wild for it. The Mango Dragonfruit Refresher is made with a fruit-juice blend, freeze-dried dragonfruit pieces, and water, but many fans put their own spin on the drink by replacing the water with coconut milk for that Pink Drink-like consistency.
Nitro Cold Brew
If you want more of a straight-up coffee style drink, the Nitro Cold Brew is a great vegan-friendly pick. The tiny nitrogen bubbles give it a soft, creamy texture without any dairy products involved.
Yup, the rumors are true! The fan-favorite and totally Insta worthy Pink Drink is already vegan with its coconut milk, strawberry, açaí, and passionfruit ingredients.
Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
This cult-favorite beverage has stood the test of time at Starbucks, and the tangy blackberry with hints of hibiscus, sweet ginger, and lemongrass give it multidimensional flavor.
The lesser known cousin of the famous Pink Drink, the Violet Drink mixes the Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher with coconut milk and ice for a creamy texture.
More cherries! This is certainly a popular flavor in Japan, although it's surprising that it isn't available in the United States. Imagine a chocolate chip frapp, but with cherry compote blended in to create a delicious cherry flavor to balance out that chocolatey goodness. This may be a simple option, but for cherry fans who love the strawberries and cream or chocolate chip frappuccinos, this could be a perfect Japanese treat.
Yet more American favorites. that you can't get in the United States, for some unknown reason! Forget the Starbucks breakfast muffins that exist on this side of the world, and treat yourself to an incredible little buttermilk biscuit topped with whipped cream. Yes, it's sweet, but it's absolutely delicious, and just perfect for anyone feeling a little bit homesick.
Starbucks Refreshers on the Menu
The refreshers on Starbucks’ official menu are the most popular ones. Simply order the drink by the name. The size options are: tall (12 oz), grande (16oz), venti (24oz), and trenta (31oz). You can also easily make them at home following our copycat recipes, and customize with your preferred level of sweetness.
1. Strawberry Acai Refresher
Nutrition info: Calories: 90 Sugar: 20 grams
This strawberry refresher is one of the hottest items on Starbucks refreshers’ menu. It’s one of the healthier refreshers and has a nice red color, which mostly comes from strawberries. Starbucks uses freeze-dried strawberries to make this drink, but our homemade DIY recipe uses fresh strawberries, giving you an even more delicious flavor at the fraction of the price.
2. Pink Drink
Nutrition info: Calories: 140 Sugar: 24 grams
This is a super-popular Starbucks’ refreshing beverage made with Strawberry Acai Refresher and coconut milk. It started as a secret menu item but was so popular that it became an official Starbucks beverage on the cold drink menu in 2017. We’ve created a copycat recipe that you can easily make the pink drink at home!
3. Mango Dragonfruit Refresher
Nutrition info: Calories: 90 Sugar: 19 grams
The Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher has taken over Instagram and Social Media with its stunning bright magenta color and sweet, tropical flavors. Our copycat recipe is the real deal – giving you the amazing fruity flavors and the same beautiful bright pink color.
4. Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade Refresher
Nutrition info: Calories: 140 Sugar: 30 grams
This is a twist on the regular Mango Dragonfruit Refresher by substituting lemonade for water. It takes the drink to a new level and tastes even better! Our copycat recipe shows you how to make this stunning and delicious drink with only 4 ingredients and within 5 minutes.
5. Dragon Drink
Nutrition info: Calories: 130 Sugar: 23 grams
It’s a gorgeous Insta-worthy refresher that’s similar to Mango Dragonfruit Refresher but sweeter and creamier, thanks to the coconut milk! Order it at your local Starbucks store for a perfect summer iced beverage or make it at home with our easy copycat recipe!
6. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
Nutrition info: Calories: 70 Sugar: 14 grams
It’s a refreshing and beautiful drink that always helps to boost my energy levels in the afternoon during the hot summer days! It also has the lowest calories among all Starbucks refreshers. We’ve re-created this recipe at home, made from scratch. It tastes just like the one from Starbucks.
7. Violet Drink
Nutrition info: Calories: 110 Sugar: 19 grams
This tea-based refresher is basically Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher mixed with coconut milk. A perfect dairy-free iced beverage made with sweet blackberries, hibiscus tea, and coconut milk. Our copycat recipe is a real deal, giving you the stunning pinkish violet color and delicious flavor!
8. Strawberry Acai Lemonade Refresher
Nutrition info: Calories: 140 Sugar: 32 grams
It’s Strawberry Acai Refresher made with lemonade instead of water. It has more calories and sugar than the original refresher, but it also tastes better with deeper fruity flavors, and sweeter.
9. Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade Refresher
Nutrition info: Calories: 120 Sugar: 25 grams
It’s basically Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher mixed with lemonade. It has a richer fruity flavor but also has more calories and sugar.
10. Blueberry Acai Refresher
Nutrition info: Calories: 90 Sugar: 20 grams
This canned refresher is tangy, sweet, and sparkling. It’s different from the other refreshers made in-store as it’s carbonated.
15 Starbucks Drinks You Totally Forgot About
It&rsquos no secret that Starbucks has had the drink game on lock for decades. From producing soothing coffee and tea to delectable hot chocolate and their famous Frappuccinos, the brand has a tendency to be right on target with creating drinks fans will love. Though it may be difficult to believe that Starbucks would want to remove any of their beloved drinks from their menu&mdashespecially when they&rsquove built up a cult following&mdashthere have been plenty of instances where this has happened. And, in some rare cases, where it was needed. Here are 15 Starbucks drinks you probably forgot existed and, for some, quite possibly want to come back.
Released at the top of 2005, the Chantico was essentially a more chocolatey version of the company&rsquos hot chocolate beverage. Touted as a &ldquodrinkable dessert&rdquo by CNN upon its release, the drink was also criticized for its high caloric count, which was 390 calories for a mere six ounces. What a time!
Available in certain markets during the 2014 holiday season, the Cherries Jubilee Mocha was released alongside the Chestnut Praline Latte. Although there isn&rsquot much information on why it was pulled so quickly, we can only assume that it didn&rsquot test well in the few markets it was released in.
A former member of the Starbucks fall lineup in the United States, the Maple Macchiato didn&rsquot stay on the menu too long. The drink was phased out of the U.S. market in 2012.
If you were ever wondering what Tazo Tea and a latte taste like mixed together, you clearly missed the Tazo Tea Infusions line from Starbucks back in 2009. Only available in two flavors&mdashBerry Chai and Apple Chai Infusions&mdashand marketed in 2008 as the drink encouraging &rdquoconsumers to take a much needed break,&rdquo these drinks didn&rsquot last long.
Debuted during the summer of 2006, the Pomegranate and Tangerine Frappuccino juice blends were made with fruit juice and freshly-brewed Tazo tea. Described as &ldquothe perfect summer refresher&rdquo and drinks to &ldquokeep summer sizzlin&rsquo&rdquo by BusinessWire upon their release, the drinks eventually sizzled right off the menu. (Pictured is the Mango Passionfruit Blended Frapp that still exists outside of the U.S.)
Though there&rsquos not much information about when it hit the menu or when it exactly got removed, the Honey Latte was not a favorite amongst Starbucks fans. Made with honey syrup, espresso milk, whipped cream, and more honey, this seasonal choosing wasn&rsquot quite the success the chain hoped it to be.
In 2008, Starbucks took their love for making drinkable desserts to another level. The Sorbetto&mdashtheir drinkable version of sorbet&mdashwas a frozen drink was packed with sugar. Tested in the Southern California market, the drink was dropped from the menu just a short year later. According to Reuters (via Business Insider), the drink &ldquofailed to wow consumers and cleaning the machine that dispensed Sorbetto was a bane to baristas, who complained that it added about 45 minutes to closing duties.&rdquo Oof.
Not a drink sold exclusively in Starbucks locations, the Mazagran was an interesting venture between the chain and PepsiCo. Sold in convenience and grocery stores, the coffee and soda hybrid was described as a &ldquosparkling coffee&rdquo on its packaging when it debuted in 1994. The drink was eliminated the following year and was replaced with their still-famous bottled Frappuccinos.
Released under the Frappuccino Blended Crème beverage line in 2002, the Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino premiered alongside the Vanilla Bean, Double Chocolate Chip, and Chai Crème Frappuccinos. Those, however, are still available on the menu. (Pictured is the Serious Strawberry Frappuccino which is also still on menus.)
Debuted in 2002, the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino has been brought back a few times over the years. Made with blended coffee, coconut syrup, mocha sauce, milk, whipped cream, mocha drizzle, and chocolate flakes, the drink reappeared on the menu in both 2011 and 2015. Though it&rsquos not currently available, since it&rsquos already been brought back before, fans of the drink might have hope it'll hit stores a fourth time.
Pushed as &ldquothe last sip of summer,&rdquo in its press release, the Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino made its way onto the Starbucks menu and into fans' hearts in 2015. Combining strawberries, strawberry juice, vanilla bean, hazelnut syrup, milk and ice, and topped with whipped cream, the Frapp became popular amongst loyalists.
Appearing during the Halloween season of 2017, the Zombie Frappuccino was actually only available from October 26 to October 31 in select locations throughout the United States and Canada. Made with Frappuccino Crème and infused with flavors of tart apple and caramel and topped with pink whipped cream and red mocha drizzle, the drink was the brand's attempt at recreating the success of its Unicorn Frappuccino from earlier in the year.
Announced in 2015, the coveted Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade grew in popularity during the summer months. Though many people loved the drink, the conglomerate removed it from menus around 2018.
Nabbing headlines in 2016, the Chile Mocha was set to impress Starbucks lovers everywhere. Initially rolled out in conjunction with the thirteenth (!) run of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the drink was made with espresso and steamed milk infused with a cocoa and cinnamon powder, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and finished with a sprinkle of chile mocha topping consisting of ancho and cayenne chile pepper, cinnamon, paprika, sugar and a touch of sea salt. Sounds delicious, right? Well, it wasn't good enough to be brought back. Just one year later, after a Twitter user questioned whether or not the Chile Mocha would be coming back that fall,Starbucks suggested they try the PSL instead. Sigh.
Starbucks Has Taken the Classic Cappuccino Off the Menu at Many Locations - Recipes
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You probably didn't know that peppermint is one of the syrups that's available year-round. In fact, though it isn’t a menu item the rest of the year, you can always get a peppermint mocha if the craving hits. But that’s where it stops for most people and though there’s nothing wrong with peppermint, its flavor isn't a winner.
Microfoam is achieved by aerating milk less than what is standard for a latte or cappuccino. Aerating the milk less creates a silky texture throughout. A latte and a cappuccino both have separation between the steamed milk and milk foam. The foam has a very distinct texture in these beverages. In the Flat White, the microfoam is smooth throughout the drink.
And, fun fact, microfoam is the technique that is used to create latte art!