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Starbucks Takes Inspiration from Italy with New Olive Oil Coffee

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The world-renowned coffeehouse chain Starbucks has launched a unique and innovative product, the Olive Oil Coffee, also known as the Oleato Caffè Latte. Drawing inspiration from the culinary traditions of Italy, where olive oil consumption per capita is one of the highest globally, Starbucks has managed to infuse this Mediterranean ingredient into a delightful coffee experience.

In Italy, olive oil is more than just a cooking commodity; it is a staple that garnishes many dishes, from salads to pasta, and now, thanks to Starbucks, even coffee. The average Italian consumes around 13.5 kilograms of olive oil per year, a testament to its integral role in Italian food culture. Starbucks, with its new offering, is making a bold attempt to capture this Mediterranean spirit in a cup of coffee.

The Olive Oil Coffee is a rich blend of Starbucks’ Blonde Espresso Roast, light roast coffee that is smooth and subtly sweet, infused with Orazio’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil and steamed with creamy oat milk. The result is a velvety smooth, deliciously lush latte that offers a unique coffee experience. With this innovative product, Starbucks is providing an opportunity for coffee lovers to experience the fusion of Italian culinary tradition with modern coffee culture.

For those curious to try this intriguing blend at home, here is an easy homemade recipe for Olive Oil Coffee:


  • Medium-bodied espresso: You can use any brand, but for an authentic Starbucks taste, use Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast.
  • Oat Milk: Oatly Barista Edition Oatmilk works best, but any oat milk or dairy/non-dairy milk would suffice.
  • Orazio’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A spoonful of Orazio’s high-quality EVOO is recommended. Instructions:
  1. Add the oat milk and Orazio’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the milk frother.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare a shot of espresso with your espresso maker or machine.
  3. Once the oat milk and olive oil are frothed to a creamy consistency, pour it into the espresso. Stirring is optional.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy a taste of Italy in your coffee cup!

This recipe delivers a distinct flavor profile that seamlessly combines the richness of Orazio’s Olive Oil and the robust flavors of coffee. It not only pays homage to the Italian tradition of using olive oil but also showcases Starbucks’ ability to innovate and experiment with flavors. So, whether you’re savoring it at a Starbucks outlet or brewing it at home, the Olive Oil Coffee is a delightful new way to enjoy your daily cup of joe, or should we say, cup of Orazio’s.

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