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Reviewing Starbucks

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Starbucks coffee and specialty drinks get reviewed 

Gillian Skiba ’18

Staff Writer 

Coffee can be a great way to kick-start your morning or to keep you functioning during your late nights of studying.  But why shouldn’t  you treat yourself to a decadent coffee drink whenever you feel like it?

The well known cafe-chain/coffee chain, Starbucks, has recently been growing in popularity.

This past weekend I tasted a few of the many drinks that Starbucks has to offer.

The first drink I tried was one of their holiday seasonal drinks; the Caramel Brûlée Latte.  I went in hoping to get that warm, cozy taste that reminds you of Christmas.  While it was a good drink to cozy up by the fire with, the flavors weren’t really anything that I associated with Christmas.

It was pleasantly creamy, but lacked caramel.  It was there but was very easy to miss. Caramel is right in the name of the drink, so I was expecting it to be more noticeable.

A positive thing I noticed about this drink was its rather subtle coffee flavor, which I personally enjoyed.

Over all, the Caramel Brûlée Latte was a good drink, that could even be enjoyed by non-coffee drinkers, but was only a mediocre holiday drink. I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

The next drink that I tasted didn’t contain coffee, but was rather a Black Iced Tea Lemonade.  This one left me much more excited and satisfied than the first. This wonderfully refreshing drink reminded me a lot of summer and made me want to go lay out in the sun on the beach.

Black Iced Tea Lemonade. Photo by Gillian Skiba.

This Iced Tea Lemonade reminded me a lot of an Arnold Palmer, but much more natural and fresh.
The drink had a tart zing to it, adding to the refreshing taste. Also, the tea flavor itself wasn’t overwhelmingly strong.

The Black Iced Tea Lemonade was a really refreshing drink that gave me a pleasant reminder of summer.  This is something that I will definitely be ordering again.  I give it 5 stars!

Finally, I was excited to taste the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, but was quickly underwhelmed.
There was nothing wrong with it, but there was nothing exciting about it either.  It was just a regular cup of hot chocolate that I could have made at home.

I was especially disappointed, again, by the lack of caramel.  Without the caramel flavor, the drink was just average.  There was an obvious lack of saltiness as well.  You can’t call a drink salted caramel hot chocolate if the salt and caramel are only sprinkled on top.

Again, there was nothing bad or unpleasant about it, but I wouldn’t waste my money on something so unexciting, especially when they have so many  other great things to choose from.  I give this one 3 stars out of five.

Overall, I found the Starbucks drinks to be satisfying, but there is still room for improvement.

These are just a few of the numerous delicious drinks that Starbucks has to offer, and I can’t wait to taste some more. I will definitely be returning very soon.

Featured image created by Robert Swetlic. Logo courtesy Starbucks.

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