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Published June 23rd 2012
In their own words, Starbucks said I could 'enjoy the spicy comforting flavour of sweet cinnamon, complementing [their] rich espresso' so, wandering down Swanston Street and feeling chilled by the Melbourne winter as I was, I thought that I'd give that a try.
8232;It required me to take a step away from my regular view that Starbucks was a just a giant, unwelcome corporation that came to Australia and took trade away from the independent establishments. I went in and I was surprised to see a few nice things going on there in terms of the atmosphere.
To begin with it was an absolute digital hub. There were university students everywhere with textbooks and laptops, iPads and iPhones. Almost everyone was working as if the cafe had become an extension of their campus buildings. I enjoyed the buzz and it certainly added to the enjoyment of stopping by for a drink. I ordered my four dollar coffee and the niceties continued in that when I receive my cup, I was addressed via my first name.
There was audible 'team-building' talk happening between the employees and it had a seemed genuine. Happy staff make such a difference. I manoeuvred my way through crowded tables and finding a seat next to an international student filling out postcards, I sat down and took my first sip.
Now, I was aware that cinnamon was a popular flavour in the United States. They add it to just about everything like toothpaste, chewing gum, and pumpkin pie and I was looking forward to this experimental blending but the Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte didn't succeed in marrying the two flavours together quite as I had expected. It was still an experience of two distinct tastes, beginning with cinnamon sweetness but ending in the bitter coffee.
The coffee on its own might have been okay. The cinnamon aroma, each time I raised the cup was pleasant, however I realised that I would have preferred this as a hot chocolate or some other completely dessert style drink.
Fortunately at Starbucks you can customise, so my recommendation would be that you order this drink loaded up with whipped cream on top and drizzled in caramel syrup. Starbucks also sells lemon meringue tarts ($3.95), chocolate mud cake ($4.95), chocolate croissants ($3.95), raspberry & pear loaf ($3.95), scones, cookies, caramel slice, baguettes, quiches, and pastry rolls among other things. Maybe, the Dolce Latte would go down better as an accompaniment to a snack?
Overall, I could never make the Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte my regular drink, but it was fun to try something new for the day.