Starbucks Debuts Nondairy Beverages

The coffee chain also is testing oat milk as a dairy alternative in the Midwest.

January 10, 2020

SEATTLE—Soon, everyone might be able to order a latte at Starbucks made with oat milk or other nondairy options, CNBC reports. The coffee chain is testing Oatly brand oat milk at 1,300 Midwestern stores, including cafés in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Starbucks is also adding two items, the Almondmilk Honey Flat White and Coconutmilk Latte—which are made with Blonde Espresso—to its Canadian and U.S. menus. Midwestern customers will also be able to order Honey Flat White made with oat milk instead of almond milk.

The chain has been slowly integrating dairy-free options into its lineup. In 2018, Starbucks started offering dairy-free alternatives in Europe, and last March, it announced that Elmhurst 1925 would supply oat milk to five Starbucks Reserve stores.

Overall, Americans are consuming less cow’s milk. Mintel estimates the alternative milk market at $2.3 billion in 2018, with oat milk sales rising sharply. With a smooth texture and sweet flavor that provides the froth of cow’s milk, oat milk has proved popular with baristas and customers.