Starting February 17th, 2015, U.S. based Starbucks locations will begin offering coconut milk as an alternative to soy and dairy milk.
This is in part a response to the feedback they have received on their “MyStarbucksIdea.com” website, a site started over 5 years ago to gather customer input on future and present Starbucks products.
Starbucks coconut milk is vegan certified and made from coconuts from the tropical Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Through careful research and development including numerous recipes and taste tests, Starbucks product innovators found that the rich, creaminess of Coconut Milk is the best complement to Starbucks hot, iced and Frappuccino® beverages without the same allergen challenges present in almond milk. – Starbucks Press Release
Starbucks employees have already been reporting the arrival of coconut milk to their stores on social media sites like Reddit and Twitter
Starbucks Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk will cost an additional 60 cents, which is the same price it charges for soy. It is not clear if this is a permenant option at Starbucks or a temporary trial period. It is, however, great to see more vegan (and lactose intolerant) options arriving at their franchise.