Yesterday while Amanda was home from school and Kyle was napping, we watched some Food Network together. Unwrapped was spotlighting Starbucks in this breakfast food episode. They showed the process that Starbucks goes through before introducing a new drink. It can take up to two years with research, design, testing and then a limited release. I recently tried the Shortbread latte, which was new to me. It does not appear on the beverage lineup on their website, so I think it's in limited release.
I actually love the pairing of a shortbread cookie with a cup of coffee, so I thought I'd try something different. Different it was. It tasted like toffee which wasn't that bad, although it was a little sweet for my tastes, but a few sips into it, I noticed something solid in it--something solid in my coffee. It was shortbread cookie crumbs. Yes, I like a piece of shortbread with my coffee. I might even be known to dunk, although crumbs are honestly a big deterrent to dunking in my opinion.
So, I wasn't a fan, but when I was trying to find out more about the drink and googled it, I did find someone who was. So, I guess it's a matter of taste. In fact, isn't coffee a big subjective entity? What might be too weak for me, is just right for someone else. I love a strong cup of coffee with half-and-half, but my husband only drinks it black. I think Duncan Donuts coffee is a bit bland and watery for my tastes (although I do like their lattes), and many people think that any Starbucks coffee is way too strong.
Actually my favorite cup of restaurant coffee would definitely be Panera. I love the current Holiday Blend. When I go to Duncan Donuts or Starbucks, I prefer a latte to their brewed coffee, but at Panera it's always a mug of coffee -- free refills, and yes, it's served in a real mug. That makes a huge difference to me. In fact, I can't even use a travel mug at home. It's gotta be a real glass coffee mug.
So I guess that's my little coffee quirk. What's yours?