Microground technique developed by Starbucks experts is new way to extract flavour from tea leaves
A new range of innovative Teavana™Tea Lattes is brewing at Starbucks stores across Europe this spring. Launching on 1 March 2018, the three new drinks, Rooibos Tea Latte, Matcha Tea Latte and Red Apple Rooibos Tea Latte, are a full-flavour experience made with microground tea, a new way of extracting flavour from tea leaves.
The handcrafted Tea Lattes are made from finely-ground premium whole tea leaves and then blended with steamed milk, which intensifies the flavour to create a luxurious drink – a recipe that took Starbucks tea experts three years to perfect.
Served pure, the Rooibos Tea Latte and Matcha Tea Latte contain no added sugar and can be enjoyed at any time of the day – whether it’s to refuel in the morning, recharge in the afternoon, or to reward yourself with a tea time treat. The new drinks can also be personalised by choosing dairy alternatives such as Almond, Soy, Coconut or Oat.
Rooibos Tea Latte
Sourced from South Africa, the Rooibos blend is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea, featuring a vanilla, honey-like aroma, with hints of caramel and malt for a slight sweetness. This Tea Latte is served pure, containing zero added sugar – but can be enjoyed sweetened by adding syrup.
Matcha Tea Latte
Made from three blends of matcha from Japan, China and Korea, the Matcha Latte offers subtle floral notes and a rich natural taste, with a sweet lingering finish. Using pure matcha blend – also offered over ice – this drink is great with almond as a dairy alternative, containing zero added sugar and a 100% calorie reduction*.
Red Apple Rooibos Tea Latte (Limited Time Only)
The Red Apple Rooibos Tea Latte is available for limited-time only, and is also caffeine-free. A combination of Red Apple syrup and a delicate Apple Blossom dust complements this blend, creating a slightly sweeter and fruity version of the Rooibos Tea Latte. The seasonal apple flavour is enhanced by freeze-dried apples, sprinkled on top of the latte as ‘Red Apple dust’– creating the perfect drink for a spring-time Instagram photo.
Starbucks tea category manager, Charlotta Oldham says, “At Starbucks, we are commited to innovation and creating new, delicious drinks for our customers. Our new Teavana Tea Lattes are a new way of extracting flavour from tea leaves, where the tea leaves are ground into a very fine powder and then blended with steamed milk – a recipe only possible thanks to the experience and craftsmanship of our baristas.”
*Based on previous recipe