Get ready for a new twist on an old classic: the Starbucks Cloud Macchiato recently hit store menus, making it a welcome addition to the coffee retailer’s bounty of caffeinated goodness. Read on to learn more about the luxe layers of this new must-have pick.

Starbucks first introduced the macchiato on their first menu in the ’80s, with a caramel version following a decade later. Throughout the years, the traditional Italian espresso drink morphed into more flavorful versions, with coconut milk and cinnamon almond milk flavors. The newest macchiato to hit Starbucks stores features two flavors, Caramel and Cinnamon, along with a fluffy layer of Cloud foam—made with eggs whites!

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If you’re wondering what eggs have to do with your coffee drink, think meringue. The drink draws inspiration from the popular Spanish “leche merengada” or “meringue milk” summer beverage. Starbucks research team member Erin Marinan said in a statement, “The original Spanish beverage combines cinnamon and lemon zest, with a frothy texture which inspired us to reinvent the beverage as a macchiato.”

Marinan added, “The texture of the Cloud Macchiato is luxurious and by adding espresso and our Starbucks signature caramel cross-hatch, we’re making it ours and opening up even more ways we can bring new beverage experiences to our customers.”

The Cloud Macchiato is available now in iced or hot versions at all Starbucks locations.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Courtesy of Starbucks

 

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