Apr 3, 2023 - Food and Drink

Bite Club: Starbucks' new olive oil coffee

Photo of a cup of coffee in front of a book and can of olive oil

Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Starbucks launched olive oil-infused coffee drinks late last month at certain U.S. stores, including the Reserve Roastery on Michigan Avenue.

The sip: We skipped the hot Oleato Caffe Latte with oat milk and went for the Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew ($9.50), mostly because the barista said it was faster to make and the Roastery had a super-long line.

The taste: Our brains are trained to expect leather and chocolate notes from Starbucks' typically dark-roasted beans, so this sweet fruity flavor of this lightly roasted coffee offered a bit of a surprise.

  • And the "Golden Foam" delivers a lovely puff of creamy olive oil fluff that I could eat all day. I know some reviewers were weirded out by the sweet olive oil flavor, but they're wrong.

The verdict: If I were rich enough to regularly spend 10 bucks on a coffee, this velvety drink might top my list.

  • But for now my homemade Aldi drip coffee will do just fine. Maybe I'll squirt some olive oil in it to feel fancy again.

The worry: Recent reports suggest some get stomach distress from the drink, but so far, so good.

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