Italian Dessert Inspires Starbucks Affogato-Style Frappuccino

In neighborhood trattorias in Italy, dinner is often finished off with gelato affogato – a scoop of Italian ice cream drowned in a shot of espresso.

Starting today (July 7) customers at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada can enjoy Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverages. For this beverage, a barista pours a shot of espresso over a finished Starbucks Frappuccino; the hot espresso mingles with the icy Frappuccino to create creamy pockets of coffee.

“We start with a shot of our smooth signature Espresso Roast known for its rich flavor and caramelly sweetness,” said Ryan Coombes from the Starbucks beverage development team. “When you pour the espresso over the Frappuccino, it creates a beautiful marbling finish.”

Starbucks will feature three Frappuccino blended beverages Affogato-style: Vanilla Bean, Caramel and Mocha, although any Frappuccino can be ordered Affogato-style with a shot of espresso poured on top.

Vanilla Bean Affogato-style Frappuccino

Caramel Affogato-style Frappuccino

Mocha Affogato-style Frappuccino

Last month, the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room brought customers Affogato-style cold beverages. Now, Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverages will be available in participating Starbucks stores U.S. and Canada starting July 7 and throughout the summer.

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