Starbucks is adding to its line of ready-to-drink beverages with new Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee. But does it taste as good as your favorite barista's in-store creation? We asked the 10 News Taste Testers to find out.
The glass-bottled, 11-ounce beverage comes in four flavors: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk and Vanilla. Northeastern coffee drinkers get to enjoy a caramel flavor as well. Taylor, Atish, Mike and Kip tried the flavors available in our area.
Iced Coffee + Milk: Everyone agreed that this is a full-bodied, great alternative to a store-made, Starbucks iced coffee. The drink contains coffee, two percent milk and 21 grams of sugar- making for a great flavor that wasn't too watered down. There are 110 calories and 23 grams of carbohydrates in the entire bottle.
Low Calorie Iced Coffee + Milk: This offering didn't fare as well. The crew, who tends to use creamer in their coffees, thought this version tasted a little diluted, and didn't have quite the roasted flavor of the original. However, Taylor uses skim milk and Stevia in her daily roast, and really enjoyed this version of the new bottled beverages. Like the first, it has two percent milk, but only three grams of sugar, 50 calories and five grams of carbs.
Vanilla Iced Coffee: This iced coffee with a hint of vanilla got a mixed response from the Taste Testers. Atish enjoyed this variant the most, calling it sweet and delicious, but Mike preferred the classic coffee taste of the original. This flavor contains the most calories of the three samples- the two-percent milk, 20 grams of sugar, and vanilla flavoring combo comes to 120 calories and 22 grams of carbs.
Try Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages for yourself and let us know what you think! Pick them up at convenience, drug and grocery stores for about $1.99 each- a price the team agreed was fair for their favorite flavor.
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