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new year, new options at starbucks

Published January 10, 2014 by ladyemelye

whenever there is a new food item/beverage being offered at a local food store, coffee house or convenience store, i make it a point to sample it at least once so that i don’t miss out on anything.

so when starbucks philippines launched new items last january 9, i started to get a taste of these products one by one.

my first choices were the chestnut macchiato and the perfect oatmeal.

new items for breakfast!

new items for breakfast!

let’s start off with the coffee.  from the website:

The Starbucks® Chestnut Macchiato combines the rich flavor of roasted chestnuts with freshly steamed milk, then marked with a signature espresso shot and topped off with velvety foam and specially-crafted roasted chestnut drizzle.

short chestnut macchiato - php 135.00

short chestnut macchiato – php 135.00

one of the first things that i noticed about it was it’s smell.  it had a very distinct nutty and sweet aroma which came from the combination of the coffee and the chestnuts.  i love how its smell is perfect on a cold morning.  it will just perk up your day.

as for the taste, like with its counterpart – the caramel macchiato – it has that kick of coffee from the espresso, then smooth feel from the milk plus the slight sweetness that comes from the chestnuts.  i like that it just has enough sweetness and flavor to bring a dimension to your otherwise usual coffee.

perfect oatmeal - php 85.00

perfect oatmeal – php 85.00

since i am having breakfast, i decided to try out the oatmeal.  as noted in the lid, it is a unique blend of old-fashioned rolled oats and steel-cut oats.  you have the option of having brown sugar or agave syrup with your oatmeal.  it also comes with a medley of dried fruits.

oatmeal with agave syrup plus dried fruits

oatmeal with agave syrup plus dried fruits

i chose agave syrup to go with my oatmeal.  upon reaching the office, i opened the container and this is how it looks like.  i then stirred the oatmeal to distribute the fruit bits within my oats.  i think the fruit medley consisted of raisins, cranberries and apricots – i am just not that sure. 😉

the serving is just perfect for those who are looking for something filling but not too heavy for breakfast.  the agave syrup gave the exact amount of sweetness to the meal so you do not feel that you are eating some kind of soggy cardboard, but still feel that you are making healthy choices. 🙂 the fruits give texture and flavor, and takes the boredom out of eating your oatmeal.

the one little thing that i do not like about it is the fruit medley to oatmeal ratio.  i feel that there is too much fruit as compared to the oatmeal, that sometimes in one spoonful i get lots of fruit and only a little oatmeal.  my personal preference would have been more oatmeal and just a piece or two of fruit for each bite.  maybe i will just instruct my barista next time to put a little less fruit medley into my order.

overall, i like these two new products.  i do hope they stay longer in the menu, especially the oatmeal so that we have more choices for breakfast other than the breads and sandwiches available.  the oatmeal is also perfect if you are eating on the go since it is served in a nifty container.

**on a side note, upon asking for my name, the barista remarked that it is the same as the name of one of the characters from the film Thor (the first one).  i agreed, but i was quite surprised that he remembered that since the character was just a supporting one.  but our names have a different spelling. anyway… 🙂

i hope to get to taste the other new food items offered by starbucks. 🙂

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