Starbucks Corporation, the American coffee company and coffeehouse chain with more than 23,700 locations worldwide, has presented its latest innovation which combines a craft beer with a coffee head. Espresso Cloud was invented by bartender-barista Justin Burns-Beach and is so far only available at Starbucks Evenings locations in the US.
According to Starbucks, the drink is composed of espresso "shaken over ice with orange pieces and a touch of sweet vanilla. Shaking the espresso produces a rich cloud of micro-foam with accents of citrus and vanilla. The foam is layered on top of a freshly poured IPA, and the beer is served with the cold-shaken espresso shot on the side."
For some years Starbucks struggles with the fact that people consider coffee a morning drink and do not tend to drink it in the evening. Therefore Starbucks opened up their stores in 2010 for beers and wines on a test basis and introduced in 2014 their own line of carbonated drinks, called Fizzio. The soda line was rolled out in roughly a third of its U.S. stores but has been withdrawn now from most of the shops without further announcement of the company.