Starbucks Oleato Drinks (Revolutionary New Olive Oil Coffee)

Olive oil and coffee - talk about an unexpected combo!

Starbucks has rolled out with a new drink line that was inspired by the Italian coffee culture that made the chain what it is today.

The Oleato drink line is certainly unique, but is it all hype?

I’m going to dive in to what it is, where you can get it, and I’ll even share my experience in trying them. 

A Starbucks Oleato coffee combines Starbucks Reserve Arabica coffee with a spoonful of Partanna cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil.

These high-quality, earthy ingredients come together to create a unique experience alongside a velvety smooth, earthy-tasting coffee.

Where do you even get the idea of combining extra virgin olive oil and a Starbucks coffee?

Starbucks' interim CEO Howard Schultz (at the time), became inspired when he traveled through Sicily.

There, he discovered the regional tradition of having a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil each day and began trying it out in the morning with his coffee - thus, the vision was born.

It’s important to note that the combo of olive oil and coffee is not an Italian tradition. 

Starbucks has teamed up with family-owned Italian olive oil brand Partanna to bring the spirit of this morning tradition to life globally.

The name 'Oleato' was born from the Latin word for ‘olive'!

Key Takeaways:
  • Starbucks’ Oleato line is made with coffee and olive oil. 
  • CEO-at-the-time, Howard Schultz, was once again inspired by Italy with this drink. 
  • It’s only available in very specific markets. 

Where Can You Get This Exciting Beverage?

The Oleato Starbucks initially launched at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan before spreading all throughout Italy, America, the UK, the Middle East, and Japan.

It’s now available worldwide, however, not every single Sbux location offers the Oleato line. 

I use the Starbucks store locator on the app before rushing out the door to make sure the location I want to visit has it.

Certain Starbucks stores offer hand-tailored Oleato drink menus and provide exclusive tasting experiences available to book in advance. I’ve been to the Seattle Roastery, and it’s a favorite of mine. 

These locations are:

  • Reserve Roastery Milan
  • Chicago's Roastery
  • Seattle's Roastery
  • New York's Roastery
  • Empire State Building store
  • SoDo store in Seattle
Starbucks Oleato Store Locations

Oleato Golden Cold Foam (Yes - You Read That Right!)

A stand-out element of the Starbucks Oleato line is the golden cold foam.

The Golden Foam is simply a blend of fior de latte, AKA sweet cream, and Partanna's extra virgin olive oil.

The olive oil gives it that subtle golden color, and its thick layer slowly cascades through the drink over time, providing a creamy taste with each sip.

The Golden Foam is not just reserved for the Oleato range - it can be ordered on any drink:

  • Iced chai latte
  • Iced matcha latte
  • Paradise Refreshers
  • Dragon Refreshers

What Starbucks Oleato Drinks Can You Order?

There are three basic variations of the Starbucks Oleato. Once I heard the "Starbucks Oleato near me" announcement, I just had to try this new line.

However, I was more than a little skeptical. I love cooking with olive oil, but I have never had the urge to sip on some.

Once I reasoned that this line has a similar logic to the bulletproof and coconut oil in coffee trend, I swallowed my doubt and gave it a go.

At most stores, the Starbucks Oleato line of drinks looks like this:

Starbucks Oleato Drinks You Can Order

What Does Starbucks' Oleato Taste Like

I’m not sure why I was expecting the Oleato line to taste subtle.

However, the drinks are very olive-oil forward and I feel the taste overpowers almost every drink in the line. 

The only one that I feel is ‘okay’ is the shaken espresso. 

The olive oil is very heavy, and seeing as both coffee and olive oil are natural laxatives, proceed with caution. 

Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew

Starbucks Reserve Cold Brew is blended with vanilla syrup and finished with the new golden foam.

I love a cold brew but admit that I had my doubts, even with the multiple pumps of vanilla syrup mixed in. 

In all honesty, the cold brew/olive oil combo was very heavy on my stomach, and the acidity and oiliness is not recommended for empty stomachs.

The olive oil smell is also very present with each sip, which put me off a bit.

Oleato Caffe Latte With Oatmilk

The Caffe Latte combines Starbucks' Blonde Espresso with the famous extra virgin olive oil and steamed oat milk.

I was pleasantly surprised by the softness of this latte. It was very smooth and not bitter at all, with a robust olive oil taste.

The light roast was a good choice here, but the olive oil taste can drown it out a bit too much for me.

There was a slight separation between the oil and coffee, which is the only real downside for me here.

Oleato Iced Shaken Espresso With Oatmilk

The Iced Shaken Espresso combines Starbucks coffee with toffee nut syrup and steamed oatmilk infused with olive oil.

I somewhat enjoyed the earthy and savory undertones as well as the smooth and velvety texture.

However, a second time I tried it, an oily layer soon bubbled to the surface that I could not mix back in.

Exclusive Oleato Variations

The Milan Reserve Roastery offers the following exclusive menu:

  • Oleato Caffe Latte
  • Oleato Iced Cortado
  • Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew
  • Oleato Deconstructed
  • Oleato Golden Foam Espresso Martini

The American stores I mentioned earlier also offer an exclusive, unique menu consisting of the following:

  • Oleato Caffe Latte
  • Oleato Iced Cortado
  • Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew
  • Oleato Golden Foam Espresso Martini
Exclusive Starbucks Oleato Variations

General Nutrition & Ingredients Of The Oleato Drinks

Here are the facts behind Oleato Starbucks' nutrition and ingredients.

Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew

The Cold Brew comes in Tall, Grande, Venti, and Treinta.

The Oleato Starbucks calories for the cold brew range from 330-450 across the four sizes, which is high for the Oleato range.

There are also around 31-36 grams of fat and 13-29 grams of carbs per serving, depending on the size - this puts the Cold Brew at the top of the charts in both categories for the line.

The sugar content is also the highest of the three drinks, ranging from 13-29 grams per serving.

Ingredients:

  • Brewed coffee
  • Ice
  • Golden Foam
  • Milk
  • Vanilla syrup (four pumps)
  • Olive oil
Starbucks Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew

Oleato Caffe Latte With Oatmilk

The Caffe Latte comes in Short, Tall, Grande, and Venti.

The Oleato Starbucks calories for the Caffe Latte with oat milk make it the nutritional middle child, ranging from 210-410 calories.

As for fat and carbs, expect each serving to have around 18-25 grams and 14-41 grams, respectively.

This is very middle-of-the-road when it comes to Starbucks' Oleato nutrition.

Ingredients:

  • Oat milk
  • Brewed espresso
  • Olive oil
Starbucks Oleato Caffe Latte With Oatmilk

Oleato Iced Shaken Espresso With Oatmilk

The Iced Shaken Espresso comes in Tall, Grande, and Venti.

The Iced Shaken Espresso Oleato coffee Starbucks drink tends to rank the lowest of the bunch in terms of nutrition.

Its calorie count ranges from 220-310 calories per serving with a fat and carb content of around 16-19 grams and 18-34 grams, respectively.

Ingredients:

  • Oat milk
  • Brewed espresso
  • Toffee nut syrup
  • Olive oil
Starbucks Oleato Iced Shaken Espresso With Oatmilk

What Do People Think Of Starbucks' Oleato?

I hate to be so harsh on a chain that I’ve historically liked quite a bit, but the Oleato line is anything but successful.

While there are a couple fans of the drinks out there, it’s rather the exception than the rule. 

In a world that has such a hard time agreeing on anything, almost everyone agrees that olive oil and coffee do not go well together. 

Chloe Page

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Chloe Page
A lifelong mocha fan, Chloe is an award-winning writer with over eight years’ experience weaving words. Her journey in the coffee industry is highlighted by extensive research and interviews with coffee experts. In her moments of relaxation, you'll often find her sipping on Bird and Blend tea, thoughtfully scribbling in her notebook.

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