This week, the coffee chain will begin serving the Roastery Affogato menu at 10 upscale Reserve bar locations in Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, DC.
Affogatos, an Italian treat, are created by pouring a shot of espresso on top of a scoop of ice cream. At Reserve bar locations, the menu will range from the Classic Affogato for $6 to the $8.50 Cold Brew Malt, made with small-lot cold brew, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate bitters.
Starbucks is additionally testing a slightly less expensive affogato menu at 100 traditional Starbucks locations in Orange County, California. These locations will serve similar treats, but won’t use small-lot brews, meaning the most expensive item is the $6.40 cold brew malt made with Starbucks’ Narino 70 cold brew and chocolate bitters.
The affogatos draw their inspiration from Starbucks’ Seattle Roastery, which added an affogato to the menu last June. Since then, Starbucks says that the affogato became a top five menu item at the Roastery, even in the winter.
Variations on the Roastery’s classic affogato include a cold brew ice cream float and the Shakerato Affogato, which is made with icy shaken espresso and finished with vanilla syrup and a mint sprig. Last year, the upscale affogato and its variants seemed too complex to be served at most Starbucks locations.