NewsStarbucks conjures pork-infused latte for Chinese Lunar New Year

Starbucks conjures pork-infused latte for Chinese Lunar New Year

Starbucks introduced a pork-flavored drink in China.
Starbucks introduced a pork-flavored drink in China.
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3:52 AM EST, February 21, 2024, updated: 4:42 AM EST, February 21, 2024

As reported by CNN, the delectable "Abundant Year Savory Latte" is only available in Starbucks locations within China. Pork, a crucial component of Chinese dishes, is the primary ingredient for this beverage. More precisely, it's based on Dongpo Rou, a mouthwatering delicacy concocted from stewed pork belly, sugar, soy sauce, yellow wine, and other seasonings.

A Pork-infused Coffee at Starbucks

The "Abundant Year Savory Latte" combines the taste of Dongpo Rou in the form of a sauce, espresso, and milk. It is typically garnished with a slice of meat and an extra serving of pork sauce. "Consuming meat symbolizes prosperity in the impending year," Starbucks mentioned in a post on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform.

This beverage is said to integrate "traditional New Year customs into coffee" and create "an unexpected mix of spicy and sweet flavors." The latte is exclusively available in Starbucks Reserve locations across China.

As noted by CNN, this beverage isn't on the inexpensive side. Costing 68 yuan, it roughly translates to 10 dollars.

The Lunar New Year in China

The Lunar New Year commenced on Saturday, February 10, 2024, and will continue until January 28, 2025. Designated as the year of the dragon, it is expected to usher in prosperity and good fortune.

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