Starbucks’ Newest Drink Contains an Unusual Ingredient

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Starbucks has recently introduced a new drink to its menu, and it’s causing quite a buzz among coffee lovers everywhere. The Oleato, as it’s called, is made with a surprising ingredient—olive oil.

Olive oil might sound like a strange thing to add to coffee, but as it turns out, the two actually make a pretty delicious pair. Olive oil has a rich, buttery flavor that compliments coffee’s bitterness and creates a smooth and velvety texture. Plus, it’s healthier than traditional cream.

The idea for the Oleato came to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz during a visit to an olive oil producer in Sicily. He then worked alongside one of the company’s drink developers to create three original Oleato beverages—a Blonde Espresso Caffè Latte made with oat milk, a hazelnut flavored Iced Shaken Espresso, and a Golden Foam Cold Brew with vanilla syrup.

All of the drinks arrived at the brand’s Milan Roastery in February and will be rolled out at select stores around the world over the coming months. If you’re curious to try the Oleato for yourself, check the Starbucks’ website to find a participating location near you. It might just become your new go-to drink.