Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Starbucks Introduces Vegan Protein Blended Cold Brew

Starbucks Introduces Vegan Protein Blended Cold Brew

On Tuesday, Starbucks took the plunge by releasing a brand-new line of "Protein Blended Cold Brew" coffees to meet demand for the hottest wellness ingredient of the moment: pea and brown rice protein powder.

Two new Starbucks drinks blend coffee with an extra boost of protein. A grande (16 oz) sized Protein Cold Brew tops out at 270 calories and costs $5.95. Asking for a friend. Their newest announcement has not only cold brew lovers rejoicing, but vegans as well.

Starting today, August 14, the two new Cold Brew options can be purchased at your local coffee shop. As the beverage's popularity continues to grow, so do the different applications of the drink.

"Plant-based beverages, plant-based proteins are a choice that many consumers are gravitating towards", Starbucks's CEO Kevin Johnson said in June at an annual institutional-investor gathering.

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A Starbucks representative told Metro that Protein Blended Cold Brew beverages are available throughout the summer and fall - perhaps they'll make it through PSL season. With the extra protein and lower calories, this cold drink could satisfy the cold, blended craving without over the extra guilt.

For the cacao version, cacao powder and coconut milk are added to give the drink its creamy, chocolate-y flavor.

Instead of Banana Date Fruit Blend try swapping it with a whole banana. Your barista can certainly do that. With this new cold drink using a more "natural" alternative, consumers can feel less guilty about consuming this cold beverage.

So, whether you're looking to replace breakfast with a protein-packed smoothie or refuel after a workout, these are some great all-new options for you. Of course, there are plenty of cold brew and regular coffee options as well.

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