Vegans, lactose intolerant individuals, paleo junkies- rejoice! Starbucks, the ever reliable coffee shop chain popular worldwide, has confirmed that it will be offering a new milk variety in all its stores come February 17, 2015. This development was first brought up during the last quarter of 2014, minus detailed information such as the number of stores to carry coconut milk, and when this new feat will begin.
On February 4, Starbucks provided a news release saying that the coffee shop will introduce the "Starbucks Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk" in all US company-operated and licensed locations. This type of coconut milk is described as creamy and delicious, a god alternative to soy and dairy, espciecially for handcrafted drinks.
A coconut milk-infused drink will cost an additional 60 cents, similar to the cost of soy milk in the same coffee shop.
Such decision was a result of more than 84,000 votes generated from MyStarbucksIdea.com, the site where customers get to share their ideas and suggestions to the coffee giant. According to Starbucks, offering a milk variant that can serve as an alternative to soy and dairy is the second most requested customer idea shared via the website.
According to Christine Barone, Starbucks vice president, they have a high standard for anything they partner with their top-caliber espresso. The new Starbucks coconut milk is "smooth and perfectly complements the coffee".
This development in the coffee world is to be celebrated, what with the plethora of benefits offered by coconut milk. It has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that can help fight bacteria and viruses. Coconut milk also helps improve heart health due to the medium-chain saturated fatty acids found in this milk. Coconut milk is also a great conditioner for the skin and hair, providing long-lasting moisture. It also helps treat dandruff, wounds, infections, and dry, itchy skin.