Whoa, put the pitchforks down. The pumpkin spice latte is still offered at Starbucks. How come we only like pumpkin drinks or dishes for a couple months each year?
Starbucks dropped a caffeinated gift just in time for the first day of fall. The Toasted Graham Latte. Let’s turn the mic over to the company’s R&D manager, Yoke Wong, to explain:
“I thought about the back-to-school season and looked at the latest food and beverage trends. What I found to be quite popular in the U.S. is the taste of cereal milk, the delicious leftovers in your breakfast bowl.”
Yep, I do love that. And so, the Toasted Graham was born. Officially, Starbucks describes it as “an espresso beverage with steamed milk, flavors of graham and sweet cream and finished with a sprinkling of cinnamon graham crumbles.”
Hey, if I’m going to get diabetes from a damn espresso, it may as well have latte art and graham crackers included.
What does it taste like? Take your ordinary espresso. No, not the milkshake concoction you have the barista make. Regular espresso. Think the bitterness of that combined with the taste of graham cracker. It almost has a burnt taste to it.
It lacks in the sweetness department compared to the pumpkin spice latte, but you can have them add extra sugar syrup. Maybe a little marshmallow creme. Go big. You already lost any tangible benefit of the coffee when you started adding enough sugar to make a Coca-Cola blush.
Overall, it’s a smart move by Starbucks. Keep adding seasonal drinks to bring people into the stores. Me? I’m mildly obsessed with their cheese danish. Frozen and then thawed at room temperature. Yeah, I’m weird.