It's official, non-dairy drinkers and the soy averse are about to have another option at Starbucks: coconut milk. To be specific, "Starbucks Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk."
According to the mega chain, providing another milk alternative was the second most requested customer idea of all time on MyStarbucksIdea.com, and it earned more than 84,000 votes. So, Starbucks listened.
According to a Starbucks spokesperson:
"Yes, we are excited to confirm that starting February 17, coconut milk will be available at Starbucks Stores nationwide as a non-dairy, non-soy alternative to add to your favorite Starbucks beverage. We only used single-origin coconuts from the tropical Indonesian island of Sumatra in Starbucks Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk."
The milk is also certified vegan. The price for adding coconut milk will be the same as soy milk: $.60 per drink.
They tested coconut milk in Cleveland and Oregon last year, and it earned enough positive reviews that the chain decided to move forward. A barista told the Miami New Times last September that they chose coconut milk in part to avoid allergy issues that are more common with some of the other nut milks.
According to Starbucks vice president, Christine Barone, the new addition goes great in an iced vanilla latte.
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