Starbucks Has A New Drink And Sous Vide Egg Bites (And We Tried Them!)

This is what coffee looks like when it's growing. That red is the coffee cherry and inside is the seed (the coffee bean!).
This is what coffee looks like when it’s growing. That red is the coffee cherry and inside is the seed (the coffee bean!).

Tonight we got to try Starbucks’ newest latte offering, the Cascara Latte, and their new food option, the Sous Vide Egg Bites. The latte will be available to Starbucks Rewards members on Friday January 5th and to everyone on Tuesday January 10th. The sous vide egg cups will be available starting Tuesday January 10th. We’ll get right to the details…including what we think of each and how they stack up nutritionally.

Cascara latte made with syrup from the coffee cherry!
Cascara latte made with syrup from the coffee cherry!

Cascara Latte
Cascara means “husk” or “shell” in Spanish. This latte uses the dried skins of the coffee cherries (the fruit that grows on the coffee tree and houses the seeds that we roast and sip every morning). These skins are usually discarded or composted, but they can also be steeped like a tea. The Cascara Latte uses a syrup made from the coffee cherry (or cascara) mixed with coconut and cane sugars. And, if you were wondering (like we were) if there are any weird preservatives, etc. in the cascara syrup…nope — the only ingredients are coffee cherry extract and sugar.

Our opinion: It’s delicious! The cascara syrup has a really smooth, mellow, yet rich flavor and it’s not overly sweet. We’d describe it as caramel-ish. We also think it would be amazing made with Starbucks’ almond milk, since that would reduce the sweetness level even more. We don’t order sweetened drinks on the regular, but sometimes we crave them and this will definitely be in our rotation (but ordered with half the syrup).

Nutrition stats (get full stats here):
A tall made with 2% milk contains: 190 calories, 25 grams sugar, and 9 grams protein.
A tall made with almond milk contains: 120 calories, 16 grams sugar, and 2 grams protein.

Sous Vide Egg Bites come in Bacon & Gruyere and Monterey Jack & Roasted Red Pepper
Sous Vide Egg Bites come in Bacon & Gruyere and Monterey Jack & Roasted Red Pepper

Sous Vide Egg Bites

Interestingly, Starbucks reps said these were born from customers dissecting their breakfast sandwiches and only eating the egg and cheese. Poor bread. We digress. These egg bites allow people to get the maximum egg and cheese-y protein without wasting anything.

Our opinion: Because we just had two clients come into our office today and tell us they’ve been dissecting their breakfast sandwiches to gather the egg and cheese, in an attempt to eat less bread, we think this will be a VERY popular item. The flavor was great and we loved the texture. It’s sort of reminiscent of a soufflé. There are two flavors: Bacon & Gruyere and Monterey Jack & Roasted Red Pepper. The bacon variety uses whole eggs while the red pepper option uses eggs whites. Both use cage free eggs. The two options had a similar texture, but the flavor potency did vary between the two flavors. The bacon and gruyere option had a more bold flavor, whereas the Monterey Jack and red pepper option was more mild. Both were really good. To make a full breakfast, we’d parter the Gruyere option with a piece of fruit and pair the Monterey Jack bites with a tall latte and fruit or a whole grain English muffin.

Nutrition stats:
Bacon & Gruyere (full stats here): (per 2 bites) 310 calories, 22 grams fat, 0 grams fiber, 19 grams protein.
Monterey Jack & Roasted Red Pepper (full stats here): (per 2 bites) 170 calories, 7 grams fat, 1 gram fiber, 13 grams protein.

 
 

10 Comments on Starbucks Has A New Drink And Sous Vide Egg Bites (And We Tried Them!)

  1. Sharon
    January 6, 2017 at 2:15 am (5 months ago)

    I am so curious about the cascara latte. I’ll be near a Starbucks next week and will look for it and the Sous Vide Egg Bites. Does the syrup made from it taste like coffee or is it fruity?

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    • C & J Nutrition
      January 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm (5 months ago)

      It has a really smooth coffee taste with a hint of caramel. The tall usually comes with 3 pumps of syrup so you can adjust to your taste preferences too. We usually go with 2 pumps instead of the 3! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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  2. Dean
    January 6, 2017 at 9:02 pm (5 months ago)

    I like a good latte so after reading your description of the cascara latte will be giving that a try and the Sous Vide Egg Bites sound like a good, quick breakfast or a snack. Always nice to see some healthy options at Starbucks.

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    • C & J Nutrition
      January 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm (5 months ago)

      Can’t wait to hear what you think! We didn’t try it with the almond milk yet, but bet it would be really good (and maybe a little less syrup). The sous vide egg bites are such a great way to get a protein-packed snack or breakfast!

      Reply
  3. Sharon (not the same one as your earlier commenter!)
    January 11, 2017 at 4:04 am (5 months ago)

    I’m trying to gauge the true nutritional content of the egg bites, specifically carbs. However, to do this you need to know not only the grams of carbs in the egg bites, but the serving size they measured, so you can translate those numbers into a percentage. (Is it 5% carb? 20%? 50%?) However, the serving size given is obviously wrong. First, they give it in fluid ounces, which is weird in itself. But worse, they say the serving is 130 fluid ounces. Um, that’s about 4 quarts! No, I’m sorry, those little egg bites were not 4 quarts! 😀 How can we find out the true serving size to compare to the nutritional contents? Maybe you good folks could find out for us?

    By the way, I just happened to stumble into a Starbucks on Jan. 10, the day of the debut. I had the Bacon and Gruyere egg bites. They were delicious!

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    • C & J Nutrition
      January 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm (5 months ago)

      Hi! We are checking on this now and will report back. You’re right, those would be some pretty big egg bites if they were 130 ounces! Stay tuned.

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      • Sharon (not the same one as your earlier commenter!)
        January 18, 2017 at 8:41 am (4 months ago)

        Well, I just googled for it again and they appear to have discovered and corrected the error. I found a nutrition panel this time that says 130 grams (not fluid ounces). That makes much more sense! (And that means the 9g of carbs represents about 7%. More than I’d like in my low carb diet, but perhaps okay for an occasional treat.)

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        • C & J Nutrition
          January 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm (4 months ago)

          Yay! Glad they changed it — we let them know right when you told us about the discrepancy, so you can be proud to know you were a part of that change! And thanks again for bringing it to our attention!

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  4. Kim Krick
    January 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm (4 months ago)

    Can’t wait to try the egg bites but the new coffee with the syrup seems way too sweet .
    A lot of sugar !

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    • C & J Nutrition
      January 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm (4 months ago)

      Ya, we usually reserve the sweetened coffee drinks for treats since they have added sugar! The egg bites were deeeeelish!

      Reply

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