Sep 2, 2010

Review: Starbucks - Toffee Mocha

Starbucks Toffee Mocha
Starbucks' Toffee Mocha is a new seasonal fall/winter drink that recently debuted on the menu. It features espresso, steamed milk, milk chocolate toffee sauce, milk foam, and a dusting of cocoa powder. A 12-ounce Tall, hot or iced will run you $3.75 and a Frappuccino version is 20 cents more at $3.95.

So what's up with the picture and my partially filled cup? Let me explain. Even though the temperature is still in the 80s here in California, I ordered a Tall Toffee Mocha hot (because it's fall/winter drink dammit!). The barista asked me if I wanted whipped cream; I thought "sure, why not?" and said, "Please." To make room for the whipped cream, he pour less milk. Whipped cream being whipped cream, it dissolves in the hot coffee, loses a lot of volume (whipped cream has quite a bit of air), and "Voila!" by the time I get home, partially-filled cup of Toffee Mocha.

I tasted it, it was very sweet and not that hot. I guess between the toffee mocha syrup and the whipped cream, it cooled quite a bit. I stirred it a bit in case the syrup pooled at the bottom:
Starbucks Toffee Mocha stirred
Not to worry though. I am nothing if not resourceful and have at my disposal an espresso machine. I steamed up some nice micro-foamed milk and poured me some not-so-good latte art:
Starbucks Mocha with my crappy latte art
The Toffee Mocha was still really sweet, even after the added milk. It exhibits a very rich, buttery toffee flavor with a hint of milk chocolate at the tail end. I didn't really taste much coffee, if any, over the toffee notes, but that usually seems the case with flavored drinks.

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Nutritional Info - Grande Toffee Mocha with 2% Milk (16oz)
Calories - 250 (from Fat - 60)
Fat - 6g (Saturated Fat - 4g)
Sodium - 135mg
Carbs - 36g (Sugar - 34g)
Protein - 12g
Caffeine - 150mg


  1. It's called a toffee mocha, not the other way around (a peak at the marking on your cup would reveal this ;)) by the way, your cup would NOT be that empty due to whipped cream. It would be melted, but still full. You should have taken it back! Take a picture of this and show it for a free drink! Seriously! It was due to the barista not doing their job properly and giving you milk that was either over airaded (too much air), had not settled yet after being pulled off the wand, or the milk was free poured-all of which would result in FOAM instead of milk , which is NOT what you paid for and NOT how they are supposed to make your drink!

  2. Thanks, I fixed it. Haha, I was already home when I took a look and didn't feel like wasting time to drive back. I steam better milk anyway!


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