Review: Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato at Starbucks
When I first wrote about the Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato, the new-ish vegan Nutella-esque drink available at Starbucks, I made a mental note to try and find it the next time I was in the United States.
Starbucks describes the drink as follows:
“Sweet hazelnut and our Sumatran coconutmilk is combined with our bold Espresso Roast, then topped with decadent mocha drizzle (if iced: then served over ice). All handcrafted to ensure each sip is perfectly balanced, perfectly enjoyed.”
While I don’t regularly find myself at Starbucks, when I was in the U.S., the description inspired me to make the short walk to a nearby location to try it out. Completely forgetting what it was called, I asked a barista if they had the “new vegan Nutella drink,” to which she understandably said no. Accepting defeat, I was on my way out until I remembered the word mocha and tried again. Jackpot.
I opted to enjoy it hot rather than iced, and considering how warm it was that day I definitely made the wrong decision. According to the website, this is what the drink should resemble:
This is what it did look like:
After trying it out on the patio, where I was slowly coming to terms with the fact that I could have been enjoying a refreshing iced drink instead, my first impression was that the drink was a bit bland. While high expectations usually lead to disappointment, I was at least hoping the sweet nature of the drink would be complimented by the “bold Espresso Roast” promised.
The coconut milk definitely made the macchiato rich and somewhat creamy, but considering all of the different flavors involved–as well as the Nutella comparisons in my head (no fault of Starbucks)–I found it to be underwhelming. The best part of the drink was realizing that all of the mocha drizzle had sunk to the bottom, so the last few sips were at least chocolate-y.
In the end, I was at the very least expecting a caffeine rush with notes of hazelnut and mocha, but all I really got was a sugar high.
While I wouldn’t order the Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato again, a friend recently told me that the iced version was delicious and that is the way the drink is “meant to be.” Maybe next time!