Vegan Coffee Drinks

For the many people that follow Vegan or Paleo diets, Starbucks now has coffee drinks for you. The Starbucks Doubleshot® Coffee Smoothie. It comes in Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Honey flavors. They are made with almond milk. They have been available since May.

Later this year, bottled Frappuccino® chilled coffee drink will be available as well. It is made with almond milk and will come in Vanilla and Mocha flavors.

They will also have single-serve Cold Brew coffee in Vanilla & Fig flavor and Sweetened Black.

Starbucks also has White Chocolate Mocha Latte available at grocery stores that carry Starbucks coffee products.


Fall Coffee Flavors

Now that fall is here, many turn to their favorite flavor … pumpkin. I want to discuss pumpkin flavored coffee drinks. I say “flavored” because I cannot be sure there is any pumpkin actually in the drinks.

Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Blended Beverage. Pumpkin spice may just refer to the spices used with pumpkin as they do not list the ingredients. They come in three sizes: Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz), and Venti (24 oz).

You can figure out the calories on their site for the different options.

Another Starbucks drink is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The sizes of this drink are Short (8 oz), Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz) and Venti (20 oz).

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Dunkin’ Donuts as well. They have several pumpkin drinks as well. The Pumpkin Latte comes in Small, Medium, Large. You can also figure out the calories and other nutrition content on their site.

You can get a plain Pumpkin flavored coffee. You can go to the page and figure out the calories by choosing sweeteners, size, dairy products. You can also check out the Pumpkin Mocha page or you can check out the Pumpkin Creme Brulee.

Want to make your own? Here are a couple links to recipes to get you started: Pumpkin Spice Latte, another Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Jody Victor

Most expensive latte in NYC

In the neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn is a new Scandinavian coffee shop that sets the record for most expensive coffee in NYC. The coffee shop opened last Friday, called Budin, has what is called a Lakkris latte. Lakkris comes from the Icelandic word for licorice. So what makes it so expensive? The coffee beans are from Ethiopia. They are roasted in Norway. The anise syrup and raw licorice powder are from Denmark. Maybe something for my bucket list?

~ Jody Victor

Jody Tries Chocolate Chai Latte Cake

For an easy yet pleasing dessert with your after dinner coffee try this cake….

Chocolate Chai Latte Cake


1 box devil’s food cake mix

1/4 cup chai latte-flavored international instant coffee mix (from 9.7-oz container)

1 1/3 cups water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tbsp butter or margarine, softened

3 Tbsp milk

1 Tbsp chai latte-flavored international instant coffee mix (from 9.7-oz container)

Ground cinnamon, if desired

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (or 325 degrees F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.

2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, 1/4 cup dry chai latte mix, the water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into pan.

3. Bake 29 to 39 minutes or until center of cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool completely, about 1 hour. (A crack may appear in top of cake, but frosting will cover it.)

4. In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter until smooth; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave milk on High 10 to 15 seconds until very warm. Stir in 1 tablespoon dry chai latte mix until dissolved; stir into powdered sugar mixture until smooth and spreadable. Spread over cake. Just before serving, dust with cinnamon.