According to many, this new offering in the form of caffeinated beverage tastes like pine cones, and apparently, the flavor has turned off many—enough to make headlines, even.
Did you ever taste something that was all the craze and when it touched your lips you wondered just what in the world was wrong with the rest of society? Well, as it turns out, many are experiencing this exact phenomenon after sampling Starbuck’s Juniper Latte!
We’re all for a themed holiday drink, but to actually infuse the flavor of a pine tree into your cup of Joe might, in fact, be the worst way to go about spreading cheer and holiday spirit.
Of course, not all coffee flavors can be met with the enthusiasm of the pumpkin spice latte that the company has been offering its clientele for quite some time. There was bound to be a miss among all those successful seasonal latte options, wasn’t there? Well … at least some of us were waiting for the proverbial other shoes to drop, so to speak.
The latte is a mix of Juniper and pine-citrus infused flavors. Sounds good? Many wouldn’t agree. Juniper berries come from trees known as Evergreens and the berries make an excellent spice for pork dishes as well as some lamb offerings, the taste is sharp but is a perfect blend of zest and earthiness all at the same time. But, when it comes to coffee, this is one ingredient that could have been left out of the mix.
“But it tastes of pine and has a citrus hint … the essence of the Holiday theme in a cup,” you might argue. Only, as it turns out, this might be an example of way too much for one cup of Joe, even for those crazed with the oncoming holiday spirit.
At the end of the day, you can all judge for yourselves and taste a cup at your local Starbucks location, but hurry, as there’s a huge possibility some locations might stop carrying it if there’s enough opposition to the flavor… and hey, it’s happened before, so there’s definitely precedence there. But for those of you who are a little less adventurous, how about a cup of hot chocolate as you walk around the neighborhood getting a load of all the holiday decorations? And maybe leave the pine cones on the trees where they belong and try those Juniper berries on the baked ham you’re thinking of making for your Holiday dinner instead.
Sources: today, redtri