The company of Starbucks has special ties to Seattle, as it is where its first shop opened in 1971, so it is unsurprising that this drink is an enjoyable twist on a good classic. The Seattle Latte is a 220ml chilled beverage based on Starbucks in-store iced lattes, available for purchase in most supermarkets.
The packaging is appealing, and whilst I did prefer the design before it was re-styled in 2013, the current design works well, coloured in earthy browns, creams and blues that remind the buyer of refreshing coffee, and an aritstic rendering of the Seattle skyline harking back to the city which inspired this drink. Of course the classic Starbucks mermaid features heavily on the design, centred above the company's name. The drink is a handy size to be easily transported before it is opened, with a straw to pierce the foil lid and drink through if preferred to sipping, and the shape of the cup is cute, based on the standard disposable coffee cup shape so that the drinker gets the full Starbucks experience.
The drink itself is very pleasant, somewhat sweeter than a standard Starbucks iced latte, and very smooth. The arabica coffee blend goes very well with the slightly sweetened milk, making for a great-tasting and refreshing drink that gives the drinker that little kick that a latte should.
The product is also fairly long-lasting, as when unopened can be stored for around three months if kept refrigerated, so you can buy in bulk and keep them to grab for your morning commute. Furthemore, it complys with Fairtrade standards, so your choice to by this drink is ethically aware. I would definitely recommend this drink, for Starbucks-lovers and those new to coffee alike.
I have always liked coffee especially latte's but I could always take it or leave it until I found this product in my local supermarket. It seems to me now that I end up going into my local supermarket just to buy these coffee's. Usually I am not a fan of Starbucks coffee's because of the prices but these Starbucks Discovery Seattle Lattes were only £1 when I started drinking them. I have to say I honestly love this drink!
This drink is rich in flavour yet not overbearing on the taste buds. The Starbucks Discoveries Seattle Latte can only be described as perfection in a cup with a straw! The latte drink is also not overpowering in its strength or sweetness.
If I were only allowed to describe this drink in three words, those three words would be: Smooth, Creamy and delicious!!!!!
I really hope that anyone who reads this review and tests the drink thinks that it is the perfect drink for them much like I do.
I'm a HUGE Starbucks fan, and I do spend an awful lot in there. I do also try and replicate the drinks at home, because as much as I love Starbucks drinks, I do think that they are overpriced.
I quite often buy these Starbucks Seattle Latte pots if I see them on offer in the supermarket. They are currently on offer in Sainsburys at just £1.00 each instead of £1.49.
These are quite small pots, at just 220ml, but I guess that the price does reflect this.
These are basically just a Starbucks cold latte, and they say that they are made with Starbucks fairtrade certified espresso roast just like the drinks in the stores. The lattes combine rich espresso with milk. They do say that they are ultra heat treated which to me is uht milk, I hate uht milk but these do not taste of uht milk at all, so I guess that they are not. You do have to keep these little cartons refrigerated so I guess that they must contain fresh milk. The carton states that they contain 3% fat milk.
If you want to just have these as a cold latte drink to go, then just give the carton a good shake and then use the little straw which it comes with to puncture the foil on the top of the carton and it's ready to drink. They are not too bad as a cold latte, but personally I find them a little bit too creamy tasting like this.
I much prefer to take these home and to make them into iced lattes. To do this I just fill a glass with ice and then pour the little pot of cold latte over the ice, pop in a straw and enjoy. I find that when some of the ice has melted and effectively diluted the drink then they taste much nicer. They are not as good as an iced latte from Starbucks, but if they are on offer at just £1.00 then I think that they make a more than passable home made alternative.
I do also occasionally make these into home made coffee frappuccinos. To do this I pour the pot of cold latte into my blender, and then I add double the quantity of liquid in ice into the blender. Then I blend until the mixture resembles the consistency of a frappuccino. Pour the mix into a glass, top with a squirt of whipped cream, insert a straw, and voila, a homemade coffee frappuccino. These are not far off the real thing at all, and certainly a much cheaper alternative at just £1.00.
Whilst these little drinks are not the real deal, I do think that they are not to bad at all, especially when on offer. I don't buy them at full price, but I will always stock up if I see them on offer.
I first saw Starbucks Discoveries Seattle Latte on offer in my local Tesco for just £1, and as I love Starbucks and regularly go there on my way to college thought I may as well try this. Usually I was paying around £2.80 - £3.10 per day for my coffee fix (vanilla latte or caramel macchiato is usually my choice). So for £1, it seemed a bargain!
As for packaging, it greatly resembles a smaller version of the tradition Starbucks take-away container. The paper cup uses light colours and features a picture of the Seattle skyline - the namesake for the drink. Nutritional information for the drink is available on the back. There is also a brief section about the manufacturers of the product, Arla Foods. A small straw is attached to the side which at first seems tiny compared to the size of the drink, but it is extendable! This straw fits through a small piercing hole in the top of the lid.
Starbucks Discoveries Seattle Latte is a cold beverage which needs to be kept refrigerated. It is a cold coffee drink, made up of 75% milk (3% fat ) and 20% Starbucks Fairtrade Arabic coffee. In comparison to other drinks of its type it is also relatively low in calories. For example, the Aztlan Mocha Latte from Starbucks contains 136 calories per 220ml, and 3g of fat.
Each 200ml serving contains:
2.6g of fat (4% of a typical GDA)
0g of saturated fat
9.6g of carbs (3% of a typical GDA)
Starbucks Discoveries Seattle Latte is made with their Arabic coffee blend and is of a very high caffeine content - 47mg/100ml. This is highly similar to coffee purchased from their stores.
I was expecting a rather stale taste, however was pleasantly surprised. The taste of coffee is very strong but it didn't taste stale at all - instead it was refreshing. It was a very rich taste, which can be appreciated by those who enjoy coffee. I've always considered coffee to taste foul once cooled down and so didn't hold high expectations for a ready-cooled drink yet it was so much nicer than expected! The flavour is very strong, which is an advantage due to the weakness of the milk.
I highly recommend this Starbucks Discoveries Seattle Latte - it is perfect for picking up from your local store in a morning and drinking on your way to work/college. Also it is at a much more affordable price than your typical cup from a Starbucks store, yet with the same great taste.
I have struggled to find the offer of £1 per cup since. Tesco have now increased the price to £1.49, however this is still a bargain! It is much less than half price of what you would expect to pay elsewhere. After doing some research it appears £1.49 is now the going price for the drink at all retailers. I definitely suggest you give it a go!
Brand: Starbucks / Type: Coffee