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 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
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.
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.