Inside Starbucks Roastery Reserve in Milan, Italy

Inside Starbucks Roastery Reserve in Milan, Italy

To sample a variety of the Reserve’s offerings, I ordered a flight of cold brew drinks, a cafe gelato shake, and two pastries: a cinnamon roll and a slice of black forest cake.

The author's order from the Starbucks Reserve in Milan

The author’s order at the Reserve.

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The cold brew flight came with three drinks: a lemon sour, an Aransia Rossa, and a nitro cold brew. Served in glasses with garnishes, I thought they looked more like cocktails than coffee drinks.

The cold brew lemon sour was coffee mixed with maple syrup and fresh lemon with a cherry and a lemon peel for garnish. I’ve never had a lemon coffee drink before and was initially reluctant to try it since it sounded like two clashing flavors to me. But I was curious and went for it.

When I took a sip, I thought it was delicious and surprisingly didn’t taste like coffee at all. To me, it tasted more like a citrus juice. I thought the sourness of the lemon cut the bitterness of the coffee, resulting in a refreshing, tangy flavor. 

Moving onto the cold brew Aransia Rossa, it consisted of a sweetened cold brew, blood orange, and orange juice over ice with an orange peel for garnish. I was skeptical of this drink, too, but after trying the lemon sour, I was optimistic about how it would taste. I thought this drink was light and refreshing with a soft, fruity, floral flavor. 

Finally, the nitro cold brew was infused with nitrogen to bring out the coffee’s sweet flavor. I’d had a nitro cold brew before, so I wasn’t surprised by its taste. I thought it was light with a hint of wood in flavor. Like other nitro cold brews I’ve had, I thought it went down easy with less bitterness than a typical coffee.

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