Starbucks introduces its first new autumn espresso beverage in four years the Toasted Graham Latte which will be available in Starbucks® stores across the United States and Canada beginning today.
When Starbucks beverage R&D manager Yoke Wong set out to create the new beverage, she found inspiration in an unusual place. “I thought about the back-to-school season and looked at the latest food and beverage trends,” said Wong. “What I found to be quite popular in the U.S. is the taste of cereal milk, the delicious leftovers in your breakfast bowl.”
Intrigued by this trend, Wong soaked graham crackers in milk to replicate the taste of cereal and learn more about the milk’s texture. For additional insight, she explored the culinary world in Europe. “I learned that many Italian gelato shops serve a flavor called Fior di Latte, which means the 'flower of milk,'" said Wong. “It’s like a smooth vanilla crème and is very popular.”
With both of these distinctive flavors in mind, Wong began a journey to develop Toasted Graham Latte. To mark the arrival of fall with the autumnal equinox today, Starbucks stores will be sampling Toasted Graham Latte and seasonal bakery favorites. Partners will also be wearing fall-inspired clothes such as flannel scarves and sweaters, and writing customer beverage orders and names with orange markers in honor of the occasion.