Starbucks Blonde Espresso
Starbucks' new Blonde Espresso is smooth and subtly sweet.

SEATTLE — Starbucks Coffee Co. is launching a new core espresso option in its U.S. restaurants for the first time in more than 40 years. Starbucks Blonde Espresso joins Starbucks Signature Espresso as a new option for latte, cappuccino, macchiato and Americano beverages.

“Our partners are so passionate about their craft and now they get to help our customers discover and personalize the foundation of the beverage — an espresso that is either bold and rich or smooth and bright,” said Kris Engskov, president of U.S. Retail for Starbucks. “We want every experience our customers have with us to be perfect for them.”

Starbucks Blonde Espresso

Starbucks has offered a second espresso option in select international markets, including Starbucks Blonde Espresso in Canada last year. Smooth and subtly sweet, Starbucks Blonde Espresso was developed by a team of master blenders and roasters using a combination of beans from Latin America and East Africa.

“We set the standard for a dark, boldly roasted coffee and in this case, we broke a few of our own rules by taking a lighter approach to espresso, which created a bright taste with sweet citrus notes and a smooth body,” said Andrew Linnemann, vice-president of Global Coffee for Starbucks. “We are really proud of the roast and think customers are going to love experimenting with it.”