Tall, grande or venti, Flat White or a Frappuccino; whatever your style, we all enjoy a nice drink at Starbucks.
Artisanal cafés have sprung up all over the country, but for me, there's nothing that can beat a good Starbucks, and that's in part due to their yummy innovations in the name of beautiful beverages.
Just this year, we've had the Unicorn Frappuccino, which combined color and caffeine for a limited time only to great effect, as well as its cousins, the Dragon Frappuccino and the Mermaid Frappuccino. With around 24,000 locations all across the globe, you can enjoy the Sakura blossom cream latte or the Churro Frappuccino depending on where you are in the world, but the one thing that links every drink in Starbucks together is the fact that they're all delights that are deliciously sweet. Until now.
When it comes Starbucks, delicious deviations are nothing new, but the Pepper Nitro is a different beast entirely, as it's actually designed to be a savory drink. At their Roastery in their Seattle headquarters, Starbucks announced the birth of their new drink, and it seems pretty neat.
First, you've got Lake Kivu coffee from the Eastern Congo, which is slow-steeped as cold brew. You serve it on draft as you would a beer from your favorite bar, then add in some malted fennel black pepper syrup (giving it a bizarre sweet and savory combination), then add in a layer of cold honey foam and peppercorns. Sounds interesting, right? Well, wait till you hear what tops off this particularly unique drink. We'll let Starbucks themselves explain.
"The beverage is topped with a layer of honey cold foam and finished with a sprinkling of cracked pink peppercorn and a bamboo skewer of natural beef jerky made with grass-fed beef. "
Wait. It sounded a lot like they said this savory coffee has beef jerky in it. As in, one of the tastiest and greatest meat expressions of all. It sounds almost too crazy to be true, but I think it's crazy enough that it just... might... work. Raegan Powell is part of the Research and Development team that thought up this rather unique beverage, and she's very committed in her desire to "create the unexpected".
"With the first sip, you get a hint of the honey cold foam and the aroma of the pink ground peppercorn. The real surprise is the salty savoriness of the jerky garnish, an exciting complement to the smooth and sweet finish of the nitro cold brew experience. We want to celebrate our passion for coffee, but also create the unexpected with flavors that we know Roastery customers love."
If you'd like to get your hands on (and lips around) the Pepper Nitro with a Jerky Twist, you're going to have to go to Seattle, where the Seattle Reserve Roastery is located. It launched last Monday (on July 31), but it's only going to be with us for a very limited time. First the Unicorn Latte, now a coffee and beef jerky one-two punch? I wonder what Starbucks will come up with next.