Summer '17 is just keeps getting better thanks to a bevy of new caffeine-packed releases from Starbucks.
The coffee chain has continued to sell me on the likes of Matcha Lemonade, a fruity frappuccino, BOGO espresso drinks, and now... a new iced coconut milk beverage.
My Instagram can barely keep up, you guys.
That said, allow me to introduce you to our new favorite, which officially launched on July 11 along with a line of tea infusions and tasty new food options.
(Is it time for a 'bucks run yet?)
Iced Cascara Coconut Milk Latte
Ah, Cascara. You may remember this naturally sweet, coffee cherry-derived ingredient from Starbucks' winter release of the hot Cascara Latte, which the internet poked fun at because of a missing -- yet important -- accent in the name.
(ICYMI: To refer to the "husk" of a coffee cherry in Spanish, it should read cáscara. Without the accent, you've got the name of a popular laxative brand. Starbucks did not fix the mistake for the iced version, so I guess they're okay with the poopy comparison.)
If you're wondering what the non-laxative tastes like, Starbucks described a coffee cherry husk like this in a January '17 press release:
The outer skin is thick and slightly bitter in flavor, while the pulp (fruit) directly beneath is sweet and has the texture of a grape.
Spelling confusion aside, the bitter-sweet Iced Cascara Coconut Milk Latte features that husky flavor in syrup form.
When paired with refreshing coconut milk and a jolting shot of espresso, you're left with a beautiful beverage that's perfect for beach days and work days alike.
Considering a recent study that suggests coffee drinkers live longer, let us cheers to your new go-to.
To summarize, I can barely espresso my feelings about summer and Starbucks.