The Crazy Starbucks Challenge: “Off-season” Toffee Nut Latte

So I wasn’t able to post anything last week. Because of that, this week, I’ll be posting two! And they couldn’t be any more different from each other.

[ What is TCSBC? ]

The Drink: Iced Grande Latte, 2 pumps Hazelnut, 1 pump Caramel, 1 pump Irish Cream
The Price: Php 150.00 (Around $3.50)

Off-Season Toffee Nut Latte

What I think:
I’ve asked this question many times: “What drink does Irish Cream go well with?” Because, really, who orders additional pumps of Irish Cream? I don’t know anyone who has, and I’ve never either. When I asked it again, my friendly office Starbucks barista, Richard, suggested a thing. I was like, okay, a Grande Latte with two pumps Hazelnut, one pump Irish Cream, one pump Caramel. It was fine, I wasn’t particularly intrigued. But then he said, “It tastes like Toffee Nut.”

Deal. Sealed.

The first sip was heavenly. It took me back to days of collecting stickers for friends and family members, thinking that gift giving where I get to overdose on my favorite coffee drink wasn’t so bad. The second sip was also great. But then after a few sips, the magic kind of wore out. It started to taste weird. Irish Cream is a very strong syrup. Sadly, I didn’t get to finish my drink.

Would I drink it again? Probably not. Unless I’m courageous enough again to experiment and see if a few tweaks will make it taste better?

You will like it if:
1. … you’re up for something new.
2. … you would rather have a few sips of heaven than none at all.

You will hate it if:
1. … you know how Toffee Nut tastes like exactly.
2. … you don’t feel like figuring out what that weird taste is on your tongue the entire time.
3. … your heart has been broken so many times, you’d rather not have a coffee drink disappoint you too. (Excuse me. Feelings.)

Tweak it!
+ Order it as a Venti. 3 pumps Hazelnut, 1 pump Irish Cream, 2 pumps Caramel.
+ Order it as a Grande Caramel Macchiatto instead of a Latte. Same number of pumps.
+ Order it as a Grande in a Venti and add more milk yourself.
+ Order it as a Grande Caramel Frappe, 2 pumps Hazelnut, 1 pump Irish Cream.
*** Let me know how all the tweaking goes. 🙂

Sugar Bombs: ◉ ◉ ◉ ◎ ◎
Espresso Shots Fired: ◉ ◉ ◎ ◎ ◎

Personal Rating: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆


The Crazy Starbucks Challenge: A Twist on the “Dirty Chai”

[ What is TCSBC? ]

Let’s ease in to this, shall we? Let’s start it slow, keep it easy for the first few weeks. I almost ordered a Grande Triple Ristretto Caramel Macchiato at the suggestion of a friend. But then I realized I wasn’t ready to die just yet.

The Drink: Iced Grande Single Soy Chai Tea Latte
The Price: Php 200.00 (Around $4.50)
What I think:
Like I said, this wasn’t my first choice. But my friendly neighborhood barista, Josh, said the Ristretto was going to be very strong and very bitter and much better for a no-sleep day. He suggested this twist on the “Dirty Chai”, instead.

I like my Chai Tea Latte–a lot. And this is the first time I’ve ever had it “Dirty”, and with Soy Milk no less. All I could think about after my first sip was that at least Josh didn’t lie to me. He said it was going to be weird, and it was. But it was surprisingly better than I expected. I got teased for drinking it so slowly he even asked me again if I hated it. I really didn’t though. :p

Would I drink it again? The future is uncertain. But I am not completely opposed to it. I might try it hot next time. I think it will taste better that way. ♥

You will like it if:
1. …you like Soy Milk. (I love, love, love soy milk.)
2. …you want the tiniest bit of a pick-me-up, but not like a slap in the face.
3. …you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind that it’s going to be a little funny on the tongue.

You will hate it if:
1. …you hate Soy Milk. Seriously, the soy is strong in this one.
2. …you like your Chai Tea sweet, and cinnamon-y. (This drink loses that a little.)
3. …you’d rather sell your firstborn than mix espresso with tea. The blasphemy!

Tweak it!
– Soy Milk if that’s not your thing. Whole milk is always a safe bet. (Also, cheaper.)
+ White Chocolate Mocha for added sweetness (I recommend this even for the regular Chai Tea)
+ Another espresso shot to really get yourself going

Sugar Bombs: ◉ ◉ ◎ ◎
Shots Fired:
◉ ◎ ◎ ◎ ◎

Personal Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆