It is no surprise that when most people in the US think “coffee,” Starbucks is the first thing that pops into their heads.
According to Wikipedia (I know, great source Ang,) there are over 13 THOUSAND Starbucks in the United States alone. To help put that into perspective for you, I work in Midtown Manhattan, and there is a Starbucks at either end of my block… I am literally surrounded by Starbucks.
Ok now on to the important stuff… the coffee.
In light of coffee’s recent explosion to being the most important substance on the planet (lol jk coffee has been the most important thing on the planet since ever,) SB has been on a mission to hold their position as the most popular coffee “shop” in the US. To do that, they need to push down the competition. And in order to defeat all of the little baby coffee places, they keep coming up with new drinks. In strolls the Latte Macchiato.
January 5th was the first day that the Latte Macchiato was offered to SB lovers across the country. I will not lie, I have heard mixed reviews. My main issue was that the LM is very similar to my beloved Flat White, the Aussie favorite that was introduced to Starbucks goers in early 2015.
Here is Starbucks‘ official distinction between the Flat White and the Latte Macchiato… In case you wanted to see it.
And now for my official distinction.
The LM is good. No doubt about it. It’s not like the most heavenly thing I’ve ever had but it’s definitely not bad. It tastes very similar to a cappuccino honestly, which is a little lame. I got mine with a little sweetener because I’m a baby and only like my iced coffee black. The thing is, I feel that the flat white is creamier, making it more appealing. I remember the first time I tried a flat white I told everyone I know to try it; I don’t feel that way with the latte macchiato. Also, like the FW, the Latte Macchiato is effing expensive. I just paid $4.50 for A SMALL. As a 24 year old person living in New York and ballin’ on a budget, four and a half dollars is a little too much when it comes to my morning cup o’ joe. So if I’m reviewing I’m thinking 5 outta 10 stars, mainly because it’s a fancier cappuccino that we probably didn’t need but it doesn’t suck.