Olive oil in coffee. Not even sauce, or soup. Coffee. Cold, sweet coffee. We’ll let that unusual concept sink in (although the actual oil might float to the top of your coffee). Dubaiites are used to some off-the-wall food combos from burgers stuffed with Mac-n-Cheese burgers to Oman chips in well, everything. So the new Starbucks olive oil coffee range called ‘Oleato’ might go down smoothly with the city’s coffee connoisseurs when it launches in Dubai on May 27.
More so since we love gold on our food and olive oil, ya know, is green gold.
Does the Starbucks Oleato range come hot or cold?
Starbucks first debuted its Oleato coffee range in Italy in February, followed by the US, Japan, and the UK with hot and cold variants. The Middle East is only getting two ice-cold latte versions of Oleato coffees for now. They’ll still be using the finest arabica coffee beans and Partanna extra-virgin olive oil from Sicily and promise a velvety texture.
Starting tomorrow, you can order the Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew and Oleato Iced Shaken Espresso when you hit up Starbucks. But not all Starbucks are made alike and these special olive oil-infused coffees are only available in 30 select outlets. Find the full list here.
Why should I give this coffee concoction a shot?
Adding fat to coffee has been a health fad for a while and holds some merit. Remember the bulletproof coffee trend with its butter and coconut oil-infused javas?
This is the coffee chain giants’ take on the same but there’s the added element of an homage to Italian culinary traditions. The inspiration behind the Starbucks Oleato coffee range apparently is the Sicilian tradition of having a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil daily. And Italy’s coffee culture and passion for espressos need no introduction.
So go on and order up a tall Oleato and decide if you want to say cappucci-no or yes to these slick drinks. We can give no guarantees about flavour but hey, the barista will definitely spell your name wrong.