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Starbucks’ New Cold Brew Blend Packs Peas And Brown Rice

Starbucks is hoping you take your coffee with peas and brown rice.

The coffee giant launched plant-based Protein Blended Cold Brew Tuesday, and it’s made with protein powder from those two savory health foods.

The strange new sips come in two flavors: almond and cacao. Score them across the U.S. while supplies last for about $5.95 for a Grande (medium) size depending on where you buy.

One downtown Manhattan location priced the Grandes at $6.25. Don’t worry, you can’t detect the pea flavor in the blends, but you do get the slightly chalky taste that often plagues protein powder shakes.

Those opting for the cacao flavor will get a blend of Starbucks cold brew, coconut milk, the pea and brown rice protein powder, cacao powder, a banana-date fruit blend and ice.

The almond variety is made by blending cold brew with almond milk, the plant-based protein mix, almond butter, a banana-date fruit blend and ice.

Both options of the non-dairy drinks, in the Grande size, are 270 calories or less. “This beverage is inspired by our customers’ love for Starbucks Cold Brew and a growing interest in plant-based proteins,” Starbucks stated on its web site. “Starbucks Cold Brew continues to be a favorite since joining the cold coffee menu in 2015.”

By By Gina Salamone, New York Daily News


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