Los Angeles - Starbucks is testing coconut milk in stores in Los Angeles, Cleveland and Oregon as alternatives to traditional dairy products grow more popular.
A Starbucks spokeswoman declined to say how many stores were offering coconut milk. She added that the coffee chain is not testing almond milk, a popular nondairy option, at this time due to the “critically important safety of our customers with nut allergies”.
Starbucks, which has nearly 11 800 cafes in the United States, regularly tests new products. For example, it recently ran a trial of gluten-free items.
In Los Angeles, Starbucks rival Peet's Coffee offers lattes and other drinks made with almond milk. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf since March has offered customers in all of its 179 US company owned stores the option of choosing almond-coconut milk.
Major coffee chains for years have offered soy milk as a milk alternative. Starbucks began offering soy milk in 1997.